Harvard dean joins American Indian Empowerment Fund

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VERONA, N.Y. - The dean of Harvard Law School, Elena Kagan, has been named an advisory board member of the American Indian Empowerment Fund. The AIEF, established by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York, builds upon the Nation's long-standing tradition of sharing resources to benefit others.

''We are gratified to have Elena Kagan join our board,'' said OIN Representative and CEO Ray Halbritter. Halbritter, a 1990 graduate of Harvard Law, also serves as chairman of the AIEF board of directors.

''Her experience at Harvard and previous tenure at the White House working on domestic policy makes her an outstanding addition.''

Kagan joins fellow advisory board members Marshall Herskovitz, Irwin Jacobs, Debbie Levin, Sonny Skyhawk, W. Richard West Jr. and Halbritter.

A leading scholar of administrative law, Kagan, who has been dean of Harvard Law School since 2003, began her career at Harvard as a visiting professor. She was named professor of law in 2001. She also taught at the University of Chicago Law School.

From 1995 until 1999, Kagan worked in the White House as associate council to the president, deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy, and deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council. While in Washington, she played a vital role in the executive department's creation and implementation of laws and policies ranging from education to public health.

The AIEF programs focus on empowering children and families, and providing American Indians with the knowledge, skills, and resources to improve their quality of life.

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