Fond Du Lac Band Chair Karen Diver Named to White House Post on Native American Affairs

Fond du Lac Band Chair Karen Diver gets Presidential hug

Fond du Lac Band Chair Karen Diver gets Presidential hug

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Published November 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Karen Diver, the chair of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, has submitted a letter of  resignation to become a Special Assitant to President Barack Obama for Native American Affairs at the White House, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

Karen Diver, chair of Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Karen Diver, chair of Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

There has been no formal announcement by the White House as of Wednesday morning. Though with the White House Tribal Nations Conference occurring tomorrow, it would be expected the announcement will happen then.

While the formal announcement has not been released, it is expected Diver will take over the position to the one once held by Jodi Gillette (Standing Rock Sioux), who left the White House post in May to join the law firm of of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP. as a policy advisor.

“I am excited by the opportunity to have a wider impact in Indian Country under President Obama’s Administration, which has shown unprecedented support for Indian Country,” Driver wrote in her resignation letter to her Tribe.

In 2013, President Obama named Diver to a special panel on a White House panel on climate change. She was one of two Native Americans named to the panel

Diver introduced President Obama to her fellow tribal leaders at the White House Tribal Nations Conference two years ago in November 2013.

Diver has been chair of the Fond du Lac Band since 2007. She previously was YWCA of Duluth. She was also a founding member of the American Indian Community Housing Organization.

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