- Associated Press - Monday, August 22, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City resident who has dedicated her professional life to economic development in Native American communities, including the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, is among the 2016-2017 class of White House Fellows.

The White House says Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin, is one of 16 selected for the program.

Davids served as the deputy director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation in Porcupine, a community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The White House says she managed a variety of day-to-day operations, acted as in-house legal counsel and laid the foundation for a social enterprise program.

The White House Fellows Program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson. It gives promising leaders firsthand, high-level experience with the workings of the federal government.

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