SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Cindy La Marr, Pit River-Paiute is the first California Native to be elected to the presidency of the National Indian Education Association.
La Marr was elected to the board at NIEA's convention in Billings, Mont. She is Pit River from her father and Paiute from her mother; both tribes' ancestral lands are in northern California. La Marr has two children and a grandson. She moved to the Sacramento area in 1980 to pursue a graduate degree in Social Work Administration and her master's project produced a model for the creation of tribal court systems in California.
La Marr serves as executive director for Capitol Area Indian Resources, Inc., based in Sacramento, Calif. La Marr coordinated the first California Tribal Indian Education Summit, held in January. She is pursuing plans for a California Indian Cultural Center.
She created "Summer Rez" an academic and cultural university based program for American Indian youth, currently in its fifth year, and many other statewide programs and projects.
La Marr will serve on the board for the next three years and will chair the Public Relations Committee.NIEA was formed in 1969 with the assistance of Dave Risling Jr., Hupa/Karuk/Yurok, who has served on the NIEA Board, and Ron Andrade, Gabrielino.