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American Indian Graduate Center Names New Executive Director

The American Indian Graduate Center has named Angelique Albert, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, as its executive director.

The American Indian Graduate Center welcomed Angelique Albert, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, as its new executive director on February 2.

“Ms. Albert is a perfect fit for the organization bringing over 20 years’ experience in executive management of non-profits, philanthropy, and tribal education,” Rose Graham, American Indian Graduate Center Board of Directors President, said in a press release making the announcement.

“AIGC is not your ordinary scholarship provider. It prides itself in providing services and resources to ensure students stay in college successfully,” Graham added. “This requires an understanding of Indian student’s unique circumstances. We view Ms. Albert’s appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the premier scholarship provider for Indian students.”

Albert’s career has been dedicated to serving tribal communities, and creating positive impacts. She began serving as executive director of Salish Kootenai College Foundation in October 2011—a career move that allowed her to move home to the Flathead Reservation and serve her alma mater. Before this she had spent nine years working for non-profit and philanthropic agencies. Her career started in 1994 as a legal intern, court appointed special advocate, and chief juvenile probation officer for her tribe. She then served as program officer at the Beaumont Foundation of America in Texas, as well as the associate director for American Indian Business Leaders.

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“AIGC alumni are doctors, attorneys, scientists and tribal leaders making positive impacts across the country,” Albert said in the release. “I’m honored to continue the organization’s work of building capacity in Indian country through education.”

According to the SKC Foundation, Albert “holds strong to her cultural beliefs and the dream of empowering people through social inclusion and economic progress.”

Albert attended school at Salish Kootenai College, Gonzaga University, and Dartmouth University.

The American Indian Graduate Center is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, providing educational support, through scholarships, since 1969. AIGC is a provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students and has awarded more than $52 million in scholarships since its inception nearly 50 years ago.