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Obama Names Lucaj to Board of Trustees for Culture and Arts

President Barack Obama announced the appointment of Princess Daazhraii Lucaj to the board of trustees on Native culture and arts development.
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President Barack Obama announced the appointment of Princess Daazhraii Lucaj, Neets’aii Gwich’in, as a member of the board of trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development on March 12.

Lucaj who has a great interest in preserving the Gwich’in language and culture has worked in a variety of mediums including poetry, film and theatre.

The director and actor has made a career out of working on indigenous endeavors. She served as the Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, a position she held from 2011 to 2014. Lucaj has previously served as Alaska Director at the Indigenous Leadership Institute from 2009 to 2011. She was a Production Manager with Native Voices at the Autry National Center from 2005 to 2006, and was a producer with Lucaj Films, Inc. from 2004 to 2005. Ms. Lucaj is a member of the Board of Dancing with the Spirit. She has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild since 2006, and has been a member of the SAG-AFTRA Native American Committee since 2007. Ms. Lucaj was a Sundance Fellow for the 1999 Filmmakers, Producers and Screenwriters Lab, and she was a 2002 Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellow with the PEN Center. Ms. Lucaj received a B.A. from The George Washington University.

Lucaj was one of five appointments the President made. “These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I look forward to working with them,” Obama said.