American Indian Graduate Center Announces New Board Members

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For Immediate Release

News Release
July 20, 2015

Contact: Stephine Poston (505) 379-6172

American Indian Graduate Center Announces New Board Members

Stacy Leeds, Steven L. A. Stallings, Dana Arviso and Holly Cook Macarro Join Cast of Leaders in Native Scholarship Organization

Albuquerque, NM – July 20, 2015 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through post-secondary education, today announced the addition of four new board members. They are Stacy Leeds (Cherokee Nation), Steven L.A. Stallings (Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians), Dana Arviso (Diné), and Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe). At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors, Michael Bird (Kewa and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblos) was elected President, and Rose Graham (Dine) was elected Vice President. Danna Jackson (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes) was reelected to a new four year term. Others members of the Board include Walter Lamar (Blackfeet) and Joel Frank (Seminole).

Leeds is a seasoned professional with 15 years in higher education institutions. Leeds is a 2013 recipient of the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award, an elected member of the American Law Institute, a former Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellow affiliated with the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University and a 2014 recipient of the Cherokee National Statesmanship Award. She currently serves as Dean and Professor of Law at the University Of Arkansas School Of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and was recently selected to be Northeastern State University’s third Sequoya Fellow.

Stallings has a varied and impressive background in American Indian economic development and financial roles, including past positions as Senior Vice President of Native American Banking Services at Wells Fargo Bank, President of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Secretary-Treasurer on the AIGC Board, Chairman of the Los Angeles City and County Native American Commission, and Native American Community Development Officer at the First Interstate Bank of Arizona. Stallings currently serves as a Council Member on the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indian tribal council.

Arviso serves as Executive Director of the Potlatch Fund, a non-profit that services northwest Indian Country. She is a 2008 graduate of First Nations Development Institute’s Seattle LEAD Program and participated in Leadership Tomorrow’s Class of 2011.

Macarro is a partner at Ietan Consulting, a federal government relations firm specializing in the representation of tribal governments and tribal business enterprises. Previously, Macarro served as a Senior Public Affairs Advisor at Holland & Knight LLP, and as the Director of the Office of Native American Affairs at the Democratic National Committee. She also served in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, where she worked primarily on Native American issues.

“The addition of Stacy, Steven, Dana and Holly to our board of directors is truly representative of AIGC’s commitment to support higher education scholarships and services in all areas of study,” said Board Chairman Michael Bird. “With the addition of these talented and dynamic board members, the Board’s base of knowledge, capacity, and capability is significantly enhanced.”

AIGC, over its lifetime of 45 years, has given more than 16,600 scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives who now hold high-ranking positions.

About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)
AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969.  AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students.

We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org

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