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Obama Names National Advisory Council on Indian Education Members

On February 19, President Obama named four people to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, including Dahkota Brown and Mandy Broaddus.
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President Barack Obama recently named Phyliss J. Anderson, Joely Proudfit, Mandy Smoker Broaddus, and Dahkota Franklin Kicking Bear Brown to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education.

Anderson is the tribal chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; Proudfit, a descendant of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians, is an associate professor at California State University San Marcos; Broaddus, Assiniboine and Sioux, is the director of the Montana Office of Public Instruction and was named Educator of the Year by the National Indian Education Association; and Brown, Wilton Miwok, has been recognized as a Champion for Change, was on MTV, and met the president.

Courtesy Vince O. Nickey, Choctaw

Chief Anderson speaking with elders at the Choctaw community Thanksgiving feast, November 2011.

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They will serve on the council, which was established under the Indian Education Act of 1972 and advises the Secretary of Education and Congress on the administration and funding of Alaska Native and American Indian education programs.

“We are very proud of Dr. Proudfit’s appointment to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education,” CSUSM President Karen Haynes said in a press release. “She has been a champion educator and scholar. Her research and work have been integral to our university’s efforts to address the serious challenges facing American Indian students... her work as the founding director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, in collaboration with our Tribal Liaison, has nurtured transformational relationships with tribal partners in our efforts to increase the educational access and success of American Indian students in our region.”

“I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country,” President Obama said in the release. “They bring their years of experience and expertise to the Administration, and I look forward to working with them.”