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American Indian Graduate Center Names New Board President

The American Indian Graduate Center recently elected Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe) as president of the organization’s Board of Directors.
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Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe) was recently elected president of the American Indian Graduate Center Board of Directors.

Not only does Cook Macarro have a successful track record of orchestrating voter empowerment campaigns for federal elections, she also advocates for various tribal issues. She played a key role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Cook Macarro earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Dakota, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“First, thank you to our outgoing President Rose Graham (Navajo) for her steady leadership and service to our organization,” said Angelique Albert, the American Indian Graduate Center’s Executive Director, in a press release. “Holly Cook Macarro will bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge as we strengthen our fundraising efforts to provide more undergraduate and graduate scholarships.”

“It’s an exciting time for the American Indian Graduate Center. We have a nearly 50-year legacy of providing higher education scholarships and services to Indian students to build upon,” Cook Macarro said. “As we move toward this important anniversary milestone, our mission is to continue to encourage Native students to pursue higher education and to be ready with scholarships that meet their needs.”

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American Indian Graduate Center Board Vice President is Joel Frank and Secretary-Treasurer is Steve Stallings. Continuing Board Members at Large this year are Stacy Leeds (Cherokee), Danna Jackson (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Walter Lamar (Blackfeet, Wichita) and Dana Arviso (Diné).

Newly elected to the Board of Directors is Aurene Martin (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), president of Spirit Rock Consulting Incorporated. She has extensive experience in federal Indian law and policy, having served in several tribal and federal key government positions.

About the American Indian Graduate Center

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the American Indian Graduate Center is a national organization providing educational support through scholarships since 1969. AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students. AIGC Scholars is the American Indian and Alaska Native partner in the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholars Program. AIGC and AIGC Scholars have funded almost 13,000 students and awarded nearly $200 million in scholarships since inception.