Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert to head National Indian Education Association

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Dr. Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert, a professor at Northern Arizona University (NAU), was elected to serve as the 2007-2008 National Indian Education Association (NIEA) President. The election was announced during the NIEA's 38th Annual Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Last year, he served on the NIEA board of directors, and was elected by the board to be the president-elect. He succeeds Verli-Ann Malina Wright, a Native Hawaiian, who ended her one-year term as president on the last day of the convention, according to the NIEA by-laws.

Gilbert is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe and is from the village of Moenkopi. He is a Professor of Education at NAU. He also served as Chair of the Educational Specialties Department (Special Education, Gifted Education, Bilingual/Multicultural Education, Career/Technical Education, and Educational Technology) in the College of Education at NAU. His expertise is Curriculum and Instruction, American Indian education and Bilingual/Multicultural education and has extensive experience as an administrator, faculty and researcher in higher education.

There were three expiring terms for the Board of Directors; Verlie Ann Malina-Wright (Native Hawaiian), Cameron Cuch (Northern Ute/Wampanoag), and Shirley Begay (Navajo Nation)

The NEIA, a 501(c) (3) organization, was founded in 1969 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.

For more information concerning registration and membership, please call (202) 544-7290 or visit www.niea.org.

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