Jodi Archambault Gillette ‘91 Appointed White House Liaison

A member of the Standing Rock Sioux, Gillette is the first Native American to serve as deputy associate director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

In 2015, Gillette stepped down to join the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP as a Policy Advisor for Government Relations. She was heavily involved in supporting Native resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline in 2016. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Bush Foundation, where she also serves as a Policy Advisor. The following excerpt is from a profile of Gillette featured in the May-June 2010 issue of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.

A member of the Standing Rock Sioux, Gillette is the first Native American to hold the position, which serves as the administration’s primary liaison to the country’s 564 federally recognized tribes. Or, as Gillette puts it: “We’re their front door to the White House.”

..."I picked Dartmouth because of its reputation for recruiting and retaining Native-American students. It was an obvious path.”

She more than excelled. Majoring in government modified with Native-American studies, she was elected president of Native Americans at Dartmouth. She dined frequently with the board of trustees. She was a member of Casque & Gauntlet, a Tucker fellow, a Rockefeller Center intern.

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