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ST. IGNATIUS - President Barack Obama has appointed the CEO of S&K Technologies to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education.

Thomas R. Acevedo is one of six people Obama named to the council this week.

Acevedo, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, is a former chief of staff for the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut and a former chief of staff for the National Indian Gaming Commission.

A graduate of the University of Montana who earned his law degree from the University of New Mexico, Acevedo has served on several national Indian organizations.

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Also appointed to the advisory council by Obama were Derek J. Bailey, tribal chairman of the Grand Traverse Band; Robin A. Butterfield, senior liaison within the Minority Community Outreach Department of the National Education Association; Robert B. Cook, principal of Pine Ridge (S.D) High School; Deborah Jackson-Dennison, superintendent of the Window Rock Unified School District on the Navajo Indian Reservation; and Alyce Spotted Bear, vice president for Native American Studies at Fort Berthold Community College in North Dakota.

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