Billy Opens Executive Order OfficeMay 15th, 1998 | By tcj | Category: 9-4: Pre- K-12 Education, Tribal College News
Carrie L. Billy has been sworn in as the director for the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities. Billy was formerly the federal relations counsel for the American Indian higher Education Consortium. In her new role, Billy (Navajo) will assist in forming and working with the President’s Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities, which will be housed in the Department of Education in Washington. The office’s mission is to help improve higher education opportunities for Native Americans.
“I’m proud to have this office in our department,” U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley told the tribal college presidents who met with him in February. “I feel that getting to know about tribal colleges will eventually affect the whole country. You have a great cause. You have a responsibility to get your people into education, and we have a responsibility to do our part,” he told them.
President Clinton established the initiative in an executive order Oct. 19, 1996. It is designed to increase the tribal colleges’ and universities’ access to federal resources.
Billy’s work for AIHEC began in October 1996. She helped develop the legislative agenda for the nation’s 30 tribal colleges and universities. Prior to that, she served as a legislative assistant for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.