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Willard Gilbert to lead National Indian Education Association

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HONOLULU - Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert, a professor at Northern Arizona University, has been elected to serve as the 2007 - '08 National Indian Education Association president. The election was announced during the NIEA's 38th annual convention in Honolulu, held in late October.

Last year, he served on the NIEA board of directors, and was elected by the board to be the president-elect. He succeeds Verli-Ann Malina Wright, Native Hawaiian, who ended her one-year term as president on the last day of the convention, according to the NIEA bylaws.

Gilbert is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe and is from the village of Moenkopi in northeastern Arizona. He is a professor of education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. He also served as chair of the Educational Specialties department (special education, gifted education, bilingual/multicultural education, career/technical education and educational technology) in the College of Education at NAU. His expertise is curriculum and instruction, American Indian education and bilingual/multicultural education, and he has extensive experience as an administrator, faculty and researcher in higher education.

Three terms expired for the board of directors: Verlie Ann Malina-Wright, Native Hawaiian, vice principal of Kula Kaiapuni 'O Anuenue, Hawaii, who served this past year as president; Cameron Cuch, Northern Ute/Wampanoag; and Shirley Begay, Navajo Nation, superintendent of Apache County, Ariz.

The NIEA, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1969 to support traditional Native cultures and values, to enable Native learners to become contributing members of their communities, to promote Native control of educational institutions, and to improve educational opportunities and resources for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States.

For more information, call (202) 544-7290 or visit www.niea.org.