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LUMMI, Wash. - Cheryl Crazy Bull, president of Northwest Indian College,
has been elected president of the American Indian Higher Education

The Alexandria, Va.-based consortium is composed of 35 tribal colleges in
the United States and Canada. It was chartered in 1973 to support the work
of tribal colleges and the national movement for tribal self-determination.

"Tribal colleges have two jobs: to ground people in their culture and to
give them a good, solid education," Crazy Bull said in a press release. The
tribal college movement began in the 1960s, she said, in order to provide
American Indians with increased access to economic opportunities and
employment through post-secondary education.

Crazy Bull, Sicangu Lakota, has been president of Northwest Indian College
in Lummi, near Bellingham, since October 2002. She was formerly vice
president of Sinte Gleska University. She has a master's degree in
Educational Leadership from South Dakota State University.

Consortium directors also elected the following officers: Dr. Richard
Littlebear, Cheyenne, Chief Dull Knife College, vice president; Dr. Jeff
Hamley, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College,
secretary; Dr. Jim Shanley, Assiniboine, Fort Peck Community College,
treasurer; and Dr. Joe McDonald, Salish/Kootenai, Salish Kootenai College
in Pablo, Mont., member at large.

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SEATTLE - Gabe Galanda, who helped lead the successful drive to add
American Indian law to the Washington State Bar exam, was named a Rising
Star for 2005 by Washington Law & Politics magazine's December/January 2005

Rising Stars are younger than 40 or have practiced law for 10 years or
less. They are noted for excellence in the practice of law. Rising Stars
are nominated and selected by the magazine's 2004 Super Lawyers, signifying
the overall top lawyers in Washington state as named by their peers.

Galanda, Nomlaki/Concow, is an associate in the Seattle office of Williams,
Kastner & Gibbs. His practice focuses on complex, multi-party tort and
commercial litigation and American Indian law. He also works with corporate
entities that do business with Northwest American Indian tribes.

Galanda is former president and current treasurer of the Northwest Indian
Bar Association. He is chairman of the Washington State Bar Association's
Indian Law Section.

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash.
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