U.S. Senate appointed CEO of The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Wendy Spencer, conducted the oath ceremony for prominent Native American leader, Lucille Echohawk. Ms. Echohawk will be serving for one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Spirit of the Sun at the Denver Indian Center.
During her tenure, Ms. Spencer has been actively engaged in aiding Native and Tribal communities and supports the work of Spirit of the Sun. It was an honor to have Wendy Spencer personally swear Lucille Echohawk into service.
Lucille Echohawk is a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. She has worked in the Indian child welfare field for more than fifteen years as a Strategic Advisor with Casey Family Programs and as a volunteer. She then served as Executive Director of the Denver Indian Family Resource Center until her recent retirement. Ms. Echohawk is co-founder of Native Americans in Philanthropy, the Denver Indian Center and the Denver Indian Family Resource Center. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Child Welfare League of America and Trustee for the National Museum of the American Indian. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes as well as a member of the advisory committee for the Colorado Court Improvement Program and the National Support Committee for the Native American Rights Fund.