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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 20, 1999

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Bernstein, Dr. Lionel Bordeaux, Dr. Tom Colonnese, Dr. Verna Fowler, Dr. Tommy Lewis, Jr., Dr. Joe McDonald, Dr. Joseph Martin, Dr. Gerald "Carty" Monette, Debra Norris, Janine Pease-Pretty on Top, Anne C. Petersen, Faith Ruth Roessel, Dr. Karl Stauber, Richard Trudell, and Patrick Williams as Members of the Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Alison R. Bernstein, of New York, New York, is the Vice President for the Education, Media, Arts, and Culture Program for the Ford Foundation. From 1990 to 1992, she was the Associate Dean of the Faculty at Princeton University. From 1982 to 1990, she was a program officer at the Ford Foundation. Her research has focused on 20th Century American Indian history. Dr. Bernstein received a B.A. degree from Vassar College, an M.A. degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Dr. Lionel Bordeaux, of Rosebud, South Dakota, has served as President of Sinte Gleska University since 1973, leading the development of the institution from a two-year college to a four-year, multi-program and graduate university. A fluent Lakota speaker, he was elected for six terms (12 years) as a member of the Rosebud Tribal Council. He was the 1988 Outstanding Indian Educator of the Year of the National Indian Education Association, the 1989 recipient of the Phelps-Stokes Fund's J.E.K. Aggrey Medal, and the co-chair of the 1992 White House Conference on Indian Education. President Carter appointed Dr. Bordeaux as a member of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. He has served as the President of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and as President of the National Indian Education Association. Dr. Bordeaux completed coursework for his Ph.D. and A.B.D. in 1974 at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Tom Colonnese, of Seattle, Washington, is the Assistant Vice President for the Office of Minority Affairs at the University of Washington. He also serves as an associate professor of American Indian Studies at the University. Previously, he was Assistant Dean of Minority Program Development at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Colonnese received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

Dr. Verna Fowler, of Keshena, Wisconsin, is the President and founder of the College of Menominee Nation (CMN), her affiliated tribe. She came to the CMN after a career working in Catholic schools and as an activist in the Menominee community. Dr. Fowler earned an Associate degree from the Milwaukee Institute of Technology, a B.A. degree from Holy Family College, and M.Ed and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Dakota.

Dr. Tommy Lewis, Jr., of Tsaille, Arizona, is the President of Dine College, the largest and oldest of the 31 Tribal Colleges in the United States. Prior to serving as president of Dine College, he was on the faculty for the Center for Excellence in Education at Northern Arizona University. He received B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Joseph McDonald, of Ronan, Montana, has served as the President of Salish Kootenai College since 1978. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, the American Indian College Fund, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Commission for the Future of State Land Grant Colleges and Universities. In 1989, he was named the National Indian Education Association's Indian Educator of the Year. Dr. McDonald received an Associates degree and teaching certificate from Western Montana College, and B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Montana.

Dr. Joseph Martin, of Flagstaff, Arizona, is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University. In 1996, while serving as Superintendent of Schools for Kayenta, Arizona's Unified School District Number 27, he was selected as Educator of the Year, a national award, by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Dr. Martin received a B.S. degree from Arizona State University and an ED.D. degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Gerald "Carty" Monette, of Belcourt, North Dakota, is one of the founding fathers of the Tribal College movement and of the 25-year-old American Indian Higher Education Consortium. He is the President of Turtle Mountain Community College. He serves as a member of the National Advisory Group to the Institute of Higher Education's New Millennium Project, a member of the National Agriculture Research, Extension, and Economics Advisory Board, and a member of the North Dakota Information Technology Council. Dr. Monette received a B.A. degree from Mayville State College, and M.A. and Ed.D. degrees from the University of North Dakota.

Ms. Debora Norris, of Sells, Arizona, is one of the first two Native American women to serve in the Arizona House of Representatives and is its youngest member, currently age 27. In the Arizona legislature, she is a member of the Commerce, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs committees. Ms. Norris, a Navajo, lives on the second largest Indian reservation in the United States. She received a B.A. degree in history from Stanford University in 1993.

Ms. Janine Pease-Pretty on Top, of Crow Agency, Montana, is the President of Little Big Horn College. She began her education career in the 1970's as a counselor for Navajo Community College and as Director of the Crow Adult and Vocational Programs. She later served as director of Indian Career Services at Eastern Montana College. Beginning in 1982, she worked to move Little Big Horn College toward accreditation. She was named Indian Educator of the Year by the National Indians Education Association in 1990 and received a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 1994. Dr. Pease-Pretty on Top received an Ed.D. degree from Montana State University in 1994 and is the first Crow woman to earn a doctorate.

Dr. Anne C. Petersen, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, is the Senior Vice President for programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She is responsible for the overall leadership of programming, human and financial resources. From 1994-1996, she was the Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Petersen chairs a Board of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and serves on a NAS/Institute of Medicine Forum. She is a founding member of the Society for Research on Adolescence, and was its president and council member. Dr. Petersen received B.S., B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago.

Ms. Faith Ruth Roessel, of Bethesda, Maryland, is a member of the Navajo Nation and is a native of Round Rock, Arizona on the Navajo reservation. Appointed by Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, she is the chair of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the Department of the Interior. She served as Special Assistant to Secretary Babbitt from 1995-1997, and previously was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. She has served as Director of the Navajo Nation's Washington, DC office, as a senior staff attorney at the Native American Rights Fund, and as a legislative assistant to Senator Jeff Bingaman. She serves on several national boards, including the Child Welfare League of America, Americans for Indian Opportunity, and is a former board member of the American Bar Association's Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession, during which time she also chaired the Multicultural Women Attorneys Network. Ms. Roessel received a B.A. degree from Fort Lewis College and a J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico Law School.

Dr. Karl Stauber, of St. Paul, Minnesota, is the President of the Northwest Area Foundation, where he is responsible for long-range program development, administrative and financial management, and community relations. Prior to his appointment as president, Dr. Stauber served as a senior appointee in the Clinton Administration at the United States Department of Agriculture. He was the first Senate-confirmed, Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. Previously, he was Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at USDA. He received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, a certificate from the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. from the Union Institute in Cincinnati.

Mr. Richard Trudell, of Oakland, California, is the Executive Director and principal founder of the American Indian Lawyer Training Program, Inc (AILTP), and its American Indian Resources Institute (AIRI). He has served as a special advisor to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. In 1993, he served as chairman of the search committee for the Director of the Indian Health Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Trudell received a B.S. degree from San Jose State University in 1969 and a J.D. degree from Catholic University in 1972.

Congressman Patrick Williams, of Missoula, Montana, is Senior Fellow at the Center of the Rocky Mountain West and teaches at the University of Montana. Congressman Williams represented Montana in the United States House of Representatives from 1979-1997, including positions as Deputy Whip and chairman of the Committee on Post Secondary Education. At present he is a member of the Board of the National Association of Job Corps and a member of the Association of Governing Boards of Higher Education.

Under Executive Order 13021, the Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities provides advice regarding the progress made by Federal agencies to improve access to Federal resources and programs for tribal colleges and universities. It seeks increased recognition of Tribal Colleges and Universities, access to opportunities afforded other institutions, and Federal resources committed to them on a continuing basis. It promotes access to high-quality education for economically disadvantaged students as well as the preservation and revitalization of American Indian and Alaska Native languages and cultural traditions. The Board also explores innovative approaches for linking tribal colleges with early childhood, elementary, and secondary education programs.