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Melvin Monette

Director of Scholarships and Programs at the American Indian Graduate Center B.S., Elementary Education, 2000, University of North Dakota M.S., Educational Leadership, 2004, University of North Dakota Turtle Mountain Chippewa

Melvin Monette, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, is a strong proponent of “Cradle to Spirit” learning as evidenced by his lifetime commitment to improving life throughout American Indian communities.

Melvin received his degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from the University of North Dakota, and applied it to his role as a Student Affairs Officer for American Indian Student Services at UND. He later earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from UND, and spent time working in the Minnesota Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education.

During his career, Monette has advised American Indian and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) student groups, promoted diversity in education, facilitated national dialogues about student affairs. He has coordinated national efforts to foster discussions about critical issues in American Indian and Alaska Native higher education.

Melvin is the Director of Scholarships and Programs at the American Indian Graduate Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is also the current President of the National Indian Education Association’s Board of Directors.