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.