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The group has several new board members and a new executive director, Kelvin Frank.
Frank, who took the job May 2, was a professor of urban regional planning at Eastern Washington University, with an emphasis on tribal government and decision making.
And for the past decade he's been a senior planner with the Muckleshoot tribal government.
He acknowledges the need to make the organization run better and to rebuild support.
Frank said his focus is to reignite the vision Whitebear had of a home for urban Indians, a place that helps meet the needs of a disadvantaged population through programs like early education and job training.
Frank said when he came on board he realized the organization needed to take a year to reorganize itself and re-engage the community.
"The community has to have ownership of United Indians," he said, "They are the people we are here for."
Frank said, "Our first and foremost priority is to serve (the education and social service needs) of the Native and Alaska indigenous peoples.