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For Immediate Release: Sept. 1, 2009
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Zephier named interim director of Indian education

Stuart Zephier* has been named interim director of Indian education for the South Dakota Department of Education. Zephier recently retired from Flandreau Indian School and has also served as a member of the department’s Indian Education Advisory Council. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

“Stuart offers a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding situations unique to Indian education in South Dakota,” state Education Secretary Tom Oster said. “I am confident he will serve us well in this transition period.”

Former director Keith Moore resigned to take the post of chief diversity officer at the University of South Dakota last month. Due to the timing of Moore’s resignation, many potential candidates for the permanent position were already under contract for the 2009-10 school year. The position will be re-advertised next spring.

The department’s Indian Education and Dropout Prevention Summit will be held Sept. 27-29 in Rapid City.