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For Immediate Release: March 3, 2011
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Campbell selected as state’s newest Indian education director

Roger Campbell of Pierre has been chosen as the South Dakota Department of Education’s Indian education director. Campbell previously served as the director of the state’s Office of Tribal Government Relations.

He was selected for the position by a panel consisting of members of the Indian Education Advisory Council, South Dakota Board of Education and Department of Education staff.

“Roger is very familiar with the issues in Indian Country that impact the education of Native students in South Dakota,” said Stacy Phelps, who is a member of the Indian Education Advisory Council and the Board of Education. “Having grown up in South Dakota and through his professional experiences, Roger has cultivated strong relationships with tribal and community leaders. He understands how state and tribal governments work, and this experience will be key in developing the government-to-government relationships that tribes have asked for from the state’s various agencies.”

According to Phelps, the search committee was looking for a leader who could facilitate the development of mutually beneficial collaborations among the Department of Education and the various tribes, tribal schools and public schools located across South Dakota.

Campbell is an enrolled member of the Pomo Tribe of the Round Valley Indian Reservation in Covelo, Calif. He is a graduate of Todd County High School and South Dakota State University. He also served in the United States Marine Corps.

Campbell will begin his duties with the Department of Education on March 9.