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Lakota woman to serve on national board

WASHINGTON - Leona White Hat, Lakota, will be the only American Indian to
sit on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

White Hat was nominated for the position by Pres. George W. Bush and
approved by the Senate. Her name was submitted to the president by Senator
Tom Daschle.

"This is an opportunity for somebody to get in there and bring in more
money for Indian country. It's an opportunity for Indian country, and
secondly for the region, like South Dakota and North Dakota and Midwest,"
White Hat said.

"The whole experience will be amazing to work on a national level, an
awesome learning experience."

White Hat will be involved with approving grants on local and national
levels. The Senior Corps, America Corps and the Learn and Serve volunteer
programs are all under the community service corporation.

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"All South Dakotans are proud to have White Hat serving on such a
prestigious board. She earned this distinction with her unyielding
commitment to improving her community," said Sen. Daschle. "She would bring
a valuable perspective to the board, especially in relation to Indian
country, and I am pleased both Pres. Bush and the Senate agreed to her

White Hat served at the Black Hills center for Indian studies at Black
Hills State University for more than a year as assistant director. She
worked closely with students and addressed retention and recruitment.

She graduated from BHSU with a master's degree in Curriculum and
Instruction with a bachelor's degree in English. She currently teaches
English at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.

Her appointment to the board is for five years. White Hat was a student
when her name was first submitted and the appointment was to fill a
newly-created position for a student on the board. The student term would
have been for one year but now she will serve a full term.

White Hat is a member of the Aske Tiospaye from the Rosebud Sioux