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For Immediate Release: March 31, 1978

Frederick S, Bigjim, an Eskimo, has been appointed Superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs agency at Bethel, Alaska, Interior Assistant Secretary Forrest Gerard announced today.

Bigjim, who has a Master's degree in education from Harvard, has been an administrator and instructor at the Kuskokwim Community College at Bethel.

A graduate of the University of Alaska, Bigjim was Executive Officer for that university's Rural Education Affairs Division in Anchorage in 1975-76. He has also served as Director of Alaska Methodist University’s Intercultural Studies program.

Born in Nome in 1941, Bigjim was a member of the Bank Street School of Education team which completed an extensive study of early childhood education needs in the Indian community. He was also part of a national Indian team evaluating the Chemawa Indian School at Salem, Oregon.

From 1969 to 1972 Bigjim worked for the Alaska Federation of Native’s, administering a state-wide job training and education program.

Bigjim is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Haskell Indian Junior College at Lawrence, Kansas. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the National Indian School Board of Regents. He is active in many Alaskan organizations.