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White Hat to serve on national board
8 December 2004

BISMARCK, ND - Leona White Hat (Rosebud), UTTC Student Support Services instructor, was confirmed in November by the U.S. Senate to serve on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Services. South Dakota U. S. Senator Tom Daschle recommended her when she was a student at Black Hills State University.

      "I was approached last year by a representative from Senator Daschle's office and asked to write a letter expressing my interest," said White Hat. "I had no idea about the magnitude of it, so I went through with it."

Leona White Hat
Leona White Hat has been selected to serve on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Services.

      Daschle's recommendation was accepted and White Hat was nominated for the position by President Bush in June 2004 and confirmed by the Senate in November.

      The Corporation provides volunteer and service opportunities through programs including Americorps, Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America. White Hat joins the 15-member board in a newly created position to represent the views of students. Her five-year appointment runs though 2008.

      White Hat says she expects to be involved in monthly conference calls and three main board meetings per year in Washington, DC. The first meeting is scheduled for February 7 - 8.

      "Until then I'll be educating myself about the corporation, current projects, and future plans," said White Hat.

      "I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Indian country. It'll definitely bring more recognition to the tribal programs that fall under the corporation and hopefully bring more funding to them."

      "I'm very thankful for the support I've received from everyone here at the college," she said.


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