American Indian College Fund Board Elects Eight New Trustees and Re-elects Seven Others

American Indian College Fund
Thursday, 1 May 2003

The American Indian College Fund, headquartered here, announced today that eight new members were recently elected to its national Board of Trustees and seven existing trustees were re-elected to additional terms.

Newly elected as trustees to three-year terms are:

  • Jennifer Easton, director of the Sumasil Foundation in Stillwater, Minnesota

  • Larry Gutstein, retired IBM executive, now of Savanna, Georgia

  • Francine Hall, president of Si Tanka University in Eagle Butte, South Dakota

  • David Kennedy of Portland, Oregon, co-founder of the Wieden + Kennedy advertising agency. (Kennedy previously served two terms on the Fund's board but has been off of it for the past year.)

  • Lenee Ross, president of Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, Minnesota

  • Della Warrior, president of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Terrance Whitright, president of Blackfeet Community College in Browning, Montana

  • Dr. David Yarlott Jr., president of Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana

Re-elected for their second three-year terms were:

  • Judith Bell of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in Mashantucket, Connecticut

  • Dr. Gerald "Carty" Monette, president of Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt, North Dakota

  • Dr. Karen Swisher, president of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas

Re-elected for their third three-year terms were:

  • Anne T. Dowling of New York

  • Dr. Ron McNeil, president of Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota

  • Retired Attorney Richard Rivers of Washington, D.C.

  • Jim Scott, president of First Interstate Bancsystem Foundation, of Billings, Montana

Established in 1989, the American Indian College Fund has spent more than a decade helping increase educational opportunities for Native students. The organization provides more than 6,000 scholarships to American Indian students each year, and it supports endowments and developmental needs at the nation's tribal colleges, as well as public awareness. It is headed by Richard B. Williams, president and CEO.

For more information, or to contact American Indian College Fund, see their website at:

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