Obama position may be filled by an Alaska Native

Heather Kendall-MillerJackie Johnson PataDuring the Presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to establish a White House staff position dedicated to Indian affairs.  So, there has been some speculation in Indian Country about who will fill that position.  Today, the Anchorage Daily news talks about a couple viable candidates. 

ON THE MOVE? . . . Did everyone but Ear know that local Native American rights lawyer Heather Kendall Miller was a Harvard Law School classmate of Barack Obama? They both graduated in 1991.

Ear ran across this factoid when trying to check out rumors that Heather is one of two Alaskans on the president-elect’s short list for appointment as special Native American affairs liaison, a job he promised during the campaign to create. The other rumored Alaska contender is Jackie Johnson from Juneau, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians in D.C.

 Jaqueline Johnson Pata is Tlingit from Southeast Alaska.  She’s a director on the Sealaska Board.  Heather Kendall-Miller is Athasbaskan and a shareholder of Bristol Bay Native Corp.

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