Chairwoman of Fond du Lac Band leaves for White House gig

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The chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is off to the White House.

Karen Diver is resigning from her position on Nov. 13 to be the new special assistant to the president for Native American Affairs, she announced in a letter to the Fond du Lac community Monday.

"I am excited by the opportunity to have a wider impact in Indian Country under President Obama's Administration, which has shown unprecedented support for Indian Country," she wrote in the letter.

She'll begin her role at the White House on Nov. 16, KBJR 6 reports, where she'll work with cabinet secretaries who make up the Native American Council on broader issues that impact American Indians across the country.

Diver began working with the band in 2003 and was elected chairwoman in 2007. During her tenure, she helped secure funding for broadband Internet, protect the environment and treaty resources, expand housing resources, and make investments in health care facilities, her letter notes.

She's also been influential within the American Indian community nationally. The Huffington Post highlighted her earlier this year for her work on President Barack Obama's Task Force On Climate Resilience.

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