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June 24, 2010

President Obama appoints Tom Acevedo to national education council

ST. IGNATIUS President Barack Obama recently appointed Tom Acevedo, CEO of S&K Technologies, Inc., to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. S&K Technologies, Inc. is a company wholly owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He was one of six people Obama named to the council.

Acevedo, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, is a graduate of the University of Montana and he earned a law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He has served

The 63-year-old Acevedo is the former chief of staff for the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut and has served on several national Indian organizations including the National Indian Gaming Commission where he was chief of staff.

The NACIE consists of 15 members who are American Indian or Alaska Natives. The council members are appointed by the President from lists of nominees furnished by Indian tribes and organizations.

The 15 members represent different geographic areas of the United States. They serve as Special Government Employees and are asked to provide their best judgment without representing any particular point of view, group or special interest in a manner that is free from any conflict of interest. They provide advice and recommendations based on their judgment formed by their expertise and experience.

Also appointed to the advisory council by Obama were Derek J. Bailey, tribal chairman of the Grand Traverse Band; Robin A. Butterfield, senior liaison within the Minority Community Outreach Department of the National Education Association; Robert B. Cook, principal of Pine Ridge (S.D) High School; Deborah Jackson-Dennison, superintendent of the Window Rock Unified School District on the Navajo Indian Reservation; and Alyce Spotted Bear, vice president for Native American Studies at Fort Berthold Community College in North Dakota

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