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Miss Indian Nations to attend NIEA Convention
18 October 2007

BISMARCK (UTN) The new Miss Indian Nations, Shere Lynn Wright will attend the annual convention of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) set for October 25-28.

      Ms. Wright (Scangu Lakota), Rosebud, South Dakota, will accompany a delegation from United Tribes Technical College to the event in Honolulu, Hawaii.

      The visit will be her first national appearance since being selected Miss Indian Nations fifteen during the United Tribes International Powwow in early September. She is a student at Sinte Gleska University, Mission, SD.

      In the United Tribes group will be Dr. David M. Gipp, college president; Dr. Phil Baird, VP for Academic, Career and Technical Education; Dr. Jen Jenacek-Hartman, Tribal Environmental Science program director; and Tom Disselhorst, legal counsel.

      The NIEA is the largest and oldest Indian education organization in the nation. It was founded in 1969 to give American Indians and Alaska Natives a voice in improving access to educational opportunities. In 2000, Native Hawaiians were recognized as voting members.

      The theme for the Hawaii convention is "Return to cultural honor and caring." Students and educators from around the country will attend.

      The NIEA mission is 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.

      More information: www.niea.org.


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