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Governor Announces Members of Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council

            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Kelsey Pritchard at 605-773-3212



Governor Announces Members of Native American

Student Achievement Advisory Council


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced members of the Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council.


The Governor issued an executive order establishing the council in February. The council will work to identify strategies for improving achievement and graduation rates among South Dakota’s Native American students and report its findings to the Legislature and the Governor by Dec. 1, 2015.


“Native American students in South Dakota attend public, non-public, tribally operated and Bureau of Indian Education schools,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Thus, the responsibility for providing them educational opportunities is shared among individuals and local, state, tribal and federal governments. I am confident this group will help us move forward with a common vision for ensuring their success.”


The Bush Foundation will be funding the council’s work. The Bush Foundation is based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and serves the 23 Native nations and the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.


“Improving educational achievement among Native American youth will drive growth and prosperity in both South Dakota and the Native nations that share the same geography. We are proud to support this important collaboration between state and tribal leaders. Together, they can lay the foundation for innovative and exciting efforts to increase educational opportunities for Native youth,” said Bush Foundation President Jen Ford Reedy.


The council’s first meeting is slated for April 28-29 at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.


The appointees are:

  • David Archambault Sr. (Ft. Yates, ND)
  • Dr. Roger Bordeaux (Mission)
  • Rep. Shawn Bordeaux (Mission) – state legislator
  • Amy Boutchee (Pierre)
  • Stephanie Charging Eagle (Dupree)
  • Dr. Karen Gayton Comeau (Rapid City)
  • Dr. Charlotte Davidson (Brookings)
  • Dr. Nadine Eastman (Eden)
  • Steve Emery (Pierre) – Secretary of Tribal Relations
  • Linda Foos (Wagner)
  • Gordon Jones (Flandreau) – Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, tribal secretary
  • Sen. Troy Heinert (Mission) – state legislator
  • Dr. Sherry Johnson (Eden)
  • Beau LeBeaux (Porcupine)
  • (Richard) Tuffy Lunderman (Mission)
  • Dr. Urla Marcus (Spearfish)
  • Larry Mendoza (Eagle Butte)
  • Stacy Phelps (Rapid City) – South Dakota Board of Education
  • Duane Ross (Flandreau)
  • Jesse Taken Alive (Ft. Yates, N.D.) – Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, council member
  • Nick Tilsen (Porcupine)
  • Maurice Twiss (Batesland)