Jeanne Givens, a well-known Coeur d’Alene Indian, newspaper columnist and former state legislator, has been nominated to the board of a national Indian arts school.
President Bill Clinton has named Givens to the board of trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development, in Santa Fe, N.M.
The federally run institute is the nation’s only two-year Indian art college, said Givens.
“I’m really thrilled to be able to do this,” she said.
Longtime tribal councilman Lawrence Aripa - a relative of Givens’ - was an instructor at the school for a brief period in the late 1980s. Aripa’s known for his charcoal sketches and watercolors.
Givens’ appointment must be approved by the U.S. Senate. The post pays nothing, but requires her to travel to Santa Fe for board meetings three or four times per year.