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For Immediate Release: Feb. 28, 2003
Contact: Dan DuBray


Secretary Gale Norton to Conduct Swearing-In Ceremony for
Board Members of New Foundation to Support American Indian Schools

WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton will participate in a swearing-in ceremony this week at the inaugural board meeting of an independent foundation chartered by Congress to accept financial and other contributions for Indian students attending Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) schools.

The board of directors of the Foundation for the Advancement of American Indian Education (FAAIE) will be welcomed on Thursday, March 6 by Secretary Norton, acting Assistant Director - Indian Affairs Aurene M. Martin, and FAAIE Founding Director Lorraine P. Edmo.

WHO:       Secretary Gale Norton, U.S. Department of the Interior
                  Aurene M. Martin, Acting Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs
                  Lorraine P. Edmo, FAAIE Founding Director

WHAT:     Secrtetary Norton will swear-in the nine citizen members of the newly-formed
                  Foundation for the Advancement of American Indian Education.

WHEN:     Thursday, March 6, 2003
                  2:00 p.m. (local time)

WHERE:   Main Interior Building - Rachel Carson Room
                  18th & C Street NW, Washington, D.C.

CREDENTIALS: Admittance to the Main Interior Building will be through the C Street entrance, limited to media representatives and crews holding sanctioned media credentials. The Rachel Carson Room is on the building's basement level, adjoining the building's cafeteria. A mult-box will be available and you are advised to be in place by 1:50 p.m. with the brief program beginning at 2. Newly seated board members will be available for individual interviews following the prepared program.

Secretary Norton and Assistant Secretary Martin will serve as ex-officio members of the board alongside these founding board members:

FAAIE founding director Lorraine Edmo, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, Idaho, previously served in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Indian Education (OIE). From 1993 to 1999, she served as executive director of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), the country's oldest and largest non-profit Indian education organization. From 1983 to 1992, she served as Executive Director of the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) in Albuquerque, N.M., a non-profit scholarship organization for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students. Edmo has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Montana and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.

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