Indian woman named to top post
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NOVEMBER 27, 2000

Mexican President-elect Vicente Fox named an Indian woman to lead the country's new Indian afffairs ofice.

Xochitl Galvez, a 37-year-old Otomi Indian businesswoman, was named as head of the Office on Indian Affairs. Galvez is the youngest member of Fox's cabinet so far. She is calling on more inclusion of indigenous people, bilingual and multicultural education, and laws protecting indigenous rights.

"This country cannot develop while indigenous communities are left out," Galvez said in a speech.

Galvez grew up in Mexquital in central Mexico. She formed Fundación Porvenir, an organization dedicated to helping malnourished Indian children.

She is also CEO of High Tech Services, a telecommunications and technology consulting firm.

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