People in the News

Aug 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 20-1: Native Voices, Modern Media, Tribal College News
  • Janine Pease, Ed.D., resigned as Rocky Mountain College’s (Billings, MT) vice president for planning and American Indian affairs at the end of June to become vice president for academic affairs at Fort Peck Community College in Poplar, MT. A member of the Crow Tribe, Pease was the president of Little Big Horn College (Crow Agency, MT) from August 1982 until January 2001. She will continue as a member of the state Board of Regents.
  • John Gritts (Cherokee) has taken a position as a management and program analyst at the offices of Federal Student Aid in the Denver Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Education. Gritts is the Special Initiative Services (SIS) Cluster Lead for the tribal colleges and universities that participate in the Title IV programs. For the last two years, Gritts was the director of admissions, records, and enrollment at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Prior to that, he was a program officer with the American Indian College Fund in Denver, CO, for nine years where he was responsible for Tribal College Relations.
  • Della C. Warrior (Otoe/Missouria) received the Alice Paul Award from the New Mexico Women’s Foundation in May 2008. The Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians in California has appointed Warrior as the chief operating officer for the tribe. Warrior previously served as president of the Institute of American Indian Arts for eight years. Under her leadership, IAIA moved the campus out of World War II barracks, built a new campus, restored its federal funding, got off of academic probation, established new degree programs, and attained 10-year accreditation.
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