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.
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