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John Gritts Honored By National Indian Education Association

January 12, 2011

John Gritts, former financial aid director at Black Hills State University, was named the National Indian Education Association’s Elder of the Year in October 2010 during its 41st annual convention in San Diego.

John Gritts

John Gritts accepting National Indian Education Association’s Elder of the Year award and NIEA Pendleton blanket

The NIEA’s Elder of the Year is awarded to an elder, 60 years or older, who has made outstanding contributions to Native American education. John currently holds the position of management and program analyst for federal student aid with the U.S. Department of Education in Denver, CO.

During the RMASFAA conference in Grand Forks, ND, many people were given an opportunity to write a congratulatory note to John, and the notes were mailed to him.  He was extremely surprised and wishes to express his thanks to the Association, especially to the people who wrote him a note.

More information is available from the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper website. Click here to read more.

Congratulations, John!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Dean Obenauer permalink
    January 12, 2011 9:17 am

    John, I was always taught to respect my elders, and you are at the top of my list! Congratulations!

  2. Sue Weinreis permalink
    January 26, 2011 10:42 am

    John, if YOU are an ELDER, that makes me one, too!!! When did we get to be so…well…ELDERLY! Yikes!! Seriously, you richly deserve this award. You have worked long and hard for the benefit of American Indian students and ALL students. Congratulations!

  3. Dean Obenauer permalink
    January 26, 2011 11:48 am

    Sue, I couldn’t agree with you more! John was my first boss and mentor. I was barely out of the womb when I started in financial aid in 1984, ya know. Seriously, with John’s passion and comittment to students, this is most certainly a deserving award!

  4. John Nutter permalink
    January 31, 2011 9:43 am

    Congratulations, John. You have always been an outstanding role model and it is wonderful to see you get this significant recognition. It has been an honor to know you and follow your career of giving back to students and your people. This honor is bestowed on one of the best!

  5. September 20, 2011 5:21 am

    indian education system needs much improvement

  6. Ann Benson permalink
    September 8, 2012 8:03 pm

    John, congratulations! You are such an inspiration. It has been many years since I was the Financial Director at Presentation College. I still have the print that was given to us at one of the annivesaries of SDASFAA in Pierre. Ann Benson

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