The Interior Department
has chosen its two members for the board that will oversee the scholarship fund that was created by the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement
Jean O’Brien (White Earth Ojibwe
) of the University of Minnesota
and Pam Agoyo (Kewa
/ Ohkay Owingeh
) of the University of New Mexico
will serve on the five-member board.
“It is with great pleasure that I announce the selection of these two outstanding educational leaders whose accomplishments have opened the doors of higher education to all American Indians and Alaska Natives,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a press release. “Their experience and expertise will be exceptionally valuable to the Board of Trustees as the scholarship fund helps students across Indian Country access the higher education they need to succeed in today’s world. The fund will help strengthen Indian communities, advance tribal progress and secure a better future for Native Americans, honoring Eloise Cobell’s vision and perseverance.”
The Cobell plaintiffs already selected their two representatives to the board. They are Turk
Cobell, the son of the late Elouise Cobell, and Alex Pearl
, a law professor who is a member of the Chickasaw Nation
The fifth member will be selected by the American Indian College
, the group that's been chosen to administer
the scholarship fund
The scholarship fund will be seeded through the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations
If the purchase price is less than $200, $10 will be contributed to the fund.
If the purchase price is between $200 and $500, $25 will go into the fund. For purchases greater than $500, 5 percent will be paid to the fund.
The first offers under the program went out last month.
Get the Story:
Press Release: Secretary Jewell Announces Board of Trustee Selections for Cobell Education Scholarship Fund
Federal Register Notices:Request
for Nominations To Serve on Board of Trustees for the Cobell Education
(April 18, 2013)Request
for Nominations to Serve on Board of Trustees for the Cobell Education
(March 13, 2013)
Kevin Washburn to host conference call on Cobell scholarships
DOI seeks nominations for
Cobell settlement scholarship board
(03/13)American Indian College Fund
to administer Cobell scholarships
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