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Navajo Citizen Hired to White House Team

WASHINGTON -- Charles Galbraith, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, has been named deputy associate director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

In the position, Galbraith will largely interact with tribes and Indian officials, as did Jodi Gillette, a Standing Rock Sioux Tribe citizen, who left the OPE earlier this year to become deputy assistant director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

"The work has really just begun," Gillette told McClatchy Newspapers in January regarding White House progress to date on Native American affairs. "It's a wonderful start, but we're by no means finished."

Galbraith now takes the ball, having most recently served as a deputy associate counsel for presidential personnel in the White House. He previously worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona and as a legislative assistant to Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D. He worked for President Barack Obama during his campaign for president, serving as an organizer of the Native American Domestic Policy Committee, which was a nationwide group of tribal leaders and activists.

Galbraith is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, and graduated from the Arizona State University College of Law. During law school, he served as the vice-president of the Native American Law Students Association and clerked for the Native American Rights Fund in Washington.