Jodi Rave: Montana looking for new Indian affairs director
"First, a word of thanks to Jennifer Perez Cole, Montana’s Indian Affairs director, who has worked hard for Montana and for tribes in the state. She announced her resignation on Thursday as she accepted another job in Bozeman. Read on from a statement she wrote in an email explaining her departure:
It is with a happy yet heavy heart that I bring you news today. I have accepted a career position with the U.S.D.A. Farm Service Agency as the Public Affairs Specialist, Outreach Coordinator and State Civil Rights Coordinator in the Office of the State Executive Director in Bozeman. While I am very excited to go to work for Montana’s farmers and ranchers, I must soon exit a position that I really love. My time here in the State Office of Indian Affairs working with Governor Schweitzer, his entire administration and each and every one of the hard-working tribal leaders, urban Indian leaders, tribal department directors, staff and citizens across the state will be forever cherished. It is so special to be part of an era in which this state and tribal nations are actively working together to strengthen state-tribal relationships and to advocate for and advance Indian people. I look forward to working with you all in my new role supporting all Montana farmers, ranchers and agriculture in every community in Montana – border to border.

I will be assisting with Governor Schweitzer’s search for a new director through the nomination process with tribal governments. Nominations letters from the governor are being sent to tribal leadership today via fax, email and mail. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, May 11th, and we hope to have the new director on board on June 1st so that I can assist in their transition. My last day here will be June 3rd, and my first day in my new job will be June 7th. I sincerely thank each and every one of you for your leadership and service, and look forward to our continued work together.”

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