To improve the quality of life for all Tribal Members, through culturally competent, custom-fit research"

Melvin Monette
Melvin is an enrolled Citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt, North Dakota.  Melvin is the Director of Scholarships and Programs for the American Indian Graduate Center, Inc. located in Albuquerque NM. He is President of the National Indian Education Association (2014-2015) and remains active in the legislative and outreach work done by the association. As a tribal college student, Melvin worked with the TMCC Rural Systemic Initiative giving support to the professional staff. Melvin attended the University of North Dakota where he earned a BS in Education and MS in Educational Leadership. During his pursuit of a Master's, Melvin worked as the Native American student recruiter, program coordinator for American Indian Student Services and a grant coordinator for a federal Dep't of Education teacher training grant. From UND, Melvin managed both the Success for the Future grant and Minnesota Indian Scholarship programs for the Minnesota Department of Education Office of Indian Education. He was briefly the Director of Recruitment and Student Diversity for the University of Minnesota School of Public Health prior to his current position at AIGC. Melvin enjoyed working with AIGC, first as a scholarship reviewer, then as a read trainer, for the Gates Millennium Scholars program and pursued full-time employment with the organization. Melvin has worked to bring the scholarship program to the Internet, made minor changes to the processing of applications and spends time interacting with students, institutions, family members, community programs, tribes and donors to provide comprehensive services beyond a scholarship check. As a professional member of ACPA (College Student Educators International) Melvin strives to bring the voice of our community to the academy and to the Centralized Accreditation Standards process. He lives in Albuquerque, NM with his husband, John and their 3 dogs; however, he is available to travel upon request.