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This profile was last updated on 10/17/02  and contains information from public web pages.


Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal

Employment History

  • Chief Executive Officer
    United Way

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Web References
New Page 1, 17 Oct 2002 [cached]
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Chairman James "J.C." Crawford and U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao participated in a joint statement about a DOL grant awarded to the SWO for a two-year One-Stop Youth Services demonstration project.
Chairman Crawford did an excellent job facilitating the conference and speaking on behalf of the Oyate.
SWO Tribal officials present for the press conference, along with Chairman Crawford, were Tribal Council members Edwin "Nicky" Crawford (Old Agency), Barb Jens (Long Hollow), Gerald "Smoky" German, Sr. (Big Coulee), Ronald DuMarce (Lake Traverse), Myron Williams (Buffalo Lake), and Kevin Roberts (Enemy Swim).
Chairman Crawford welcomed everyone to the joint press conference at the MultiCultural Center.He said they were there with "some great news . . . that will help us turn around the lives of Native American youth and put them on the path to rewarding and meaningful careers."
He acknowledged SWO and state officials present, and acknowledged and welcomed U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
"Secretary Chao," he said, "has dedicated herself to inspiring and protecting the hardworking people of America."
"Her compassionate nature stems from her own background as an immigrant to this country at the age of eight."
"Her family's experience transitioning to a new country," he said, "inspired her to dedicate most of her professional life to ensuring that people have the opportunity to pursue lives of dignity and financial independence."
He called attention to her distinguished career as Director of the Peace Corps, CEO of United Way, and Deputy U.S. Secretary of Transportation before being sworn in as the nation's 24th Secretary of Labor in January 2001.
Chairman Crawford called Elaine Chao's mission in the Department of Labor "to help America's workers prepare for the job opportunities in the growing 21st Century economy."
Secretary Chao thanked Chairman Crawford for his welcome.
Acting General Manager Floyd Kirk, Jr.; U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao; SWO Tribal Chairman James "J.C." Crawford; and Tasina Gill-Halbert, YouthBuild participant.
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Chairman James "J.C." Crawford speaks at the joint press conference.
Acting General Manager Floyd Kirk, Jr.; U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, SWO Tribal Chairman James "J.C." Crawford; and YouthBuild participant Tasina Gill-Halbert.
Floyd Kirk, Jr.; YouthBuild spokesperson Tasina Gill-Halbert; Chairman Crawford; Lake Traverse District Councilman Ronald DuMarce; Big Coulee District Councilman Gerald "Smoky" German, Sr.; Buffalo Lake District Councilman Myron Williams; Secretary Chao; Enemy Swim District Councilman Kevin Roberts; Long Hollow District Council person Barb Jens; and Old Agency District Councilman Edwin "Nicky" Crawford.
United Way of King County:, 16 Mar 2003 [cached]
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