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Henrietta Mann Named Interim President of Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal College

August 22, 2006

Henrietta Mann

Henrietta Mann is the interim president of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal College (CATC) that was recently established on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus in Weatherford.

Mann is currently special assistant to the president at Montana State University in Bozeman. She was the first individual to fill the Endowed Chair in Native American Studies at Montana State University-Bozeman. Prior to that, she was director/professor of Native American Studies at the University of Montana at Missoula.

Some of the other institutions included in her 30 years of administration and/or teaching at the higher education level are the University of California at Berkeley, the Graduate School of Education of Harvard University, University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, and Haskell Indian Nation University in Kansas.

Mann said the CATC is in the process of hiring an assistant dean. The college is in the beginning stages, and Mann said the goal is to establish a strong foundation. The college hopes to build from the current American Indian Studies and other programs currently being offered by SWOSU.  Classes are being offered this fall.

The CATC is a two-year college that is in the process of applying for membership to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

Mann is a member of the SWOSU Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. She is a full-blood Cheyenne enrolled with the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. Mann was honored as the National American Indian Woman of the Year in 1988, and Rolling Stone magazine named her one of the 10 leading professors in the nation in 1991.

Mann serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution. In 1986, she was a Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs/Director of the Office of Indian Education Programs in the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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