President nominates two more tribal citizens


WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate two more tribal citizens to posts within his administration.

Cynthia Chavez Lamar, who is from San Felipe Pueblo in New Mexico, was nominated to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development. She directs the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research and has previously worked for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Michael F. Tillman, a citizen of the Tlingit Tribe of Alaska, has been nominated to serve on the Marine Mammal Commission. He’s a former National Marine Fisheries Service employee and has experience in marine conservation issues.

The president also nominated JoAnn Lynn Balzer to serve on the same board as Lamar. She helped found the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum and the Institute of American Indian Arts Foundation.

All three positions require Senate confirmation, according to the White House.