Author Jean O'Brien selected to the Board of Trustees for the Cobell Education scholarship fund


Selection by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

Press Release Date: 2014-01-15T04:56:00+00:00

WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced her selection of Dr. Jean O’Brien, of the University of Minnesota, and Pamela Agoyo, of the University of New Mexico, to serve as the Secretary’s appointees to the Board of Trustees for the Cobell Education scholarship fund. The five-member board will oversee the scholarship fund, which was authorized by the Cobell Settlement to provide financial assistance to Native American students wishing to pursue post-secondary education and training.

“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,” Secretary Jewell said. “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.”

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Jean O'Brien is author of Firsting and Lasting, and co-editor of the forthcoming journal Native American and Indigenous Studies.