Oct. 11, 2002


Elizabeth Campos Rajs,, 925-424-5806

LIVERMORE, Calif -- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Executive Officer Ron Cochran and the Laboratory received this year's American Indian Spirit Award from the Council of Energy Resource Tribes for "continued dedication and commitment to Native American education and leadership."

The award was presented by Chairman Alvin Windy Boy of the Chippewa Cree Tribe at this year's American Indian Spirit Award ceremony, held Oct. 2 in Denver. Created by member tribes, CERT is an organization that promotes tribal energy efforts and increased education opportunities for American Indian youth.

"This award is a very special honor and I accepted it on behalf of the Laboratory, UC and DOE. The Laboratory's American Indian Program has worked hard to partner with the Indian communities through CERT," Cochran said. "The Laboratory is proud of its relationship with CERT and its commitment to providing scholarships and technological support to American Indian tribes."

The ceremony, sponsored annually by CERT, is the largest American Indian education fund-raising event in the country, and has raised nearly $5 million in its 21-year history.

Proceeds from the event benefit the CERT Comprehensive Education Program, which includes pre-college academic enrichment, scholarships, and internships for American Indian students.

Lawrence Livermore's American Indian Program (AIP) is a DOE initiative that provides national leadership, identifies resources, facilitates collaborations, and launches technological initiatives as part of DOE's mission to support its American Indian Policy.
LLNL continues to provide opportunity for the growth and development of American Indian employees and students, particularly in the fields of science and engineering.

Over the years, the Laboratory has sponsored students at various technical conferences and brought American Indian officials to Livermore for collaborative efforts and technology transfer.

"These are just a few ways that LLNL has shown its commitment to Native Americans. By doing so, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is leading the way in showing the American spirit," said Steve Grey, who manages AIP for the Lab's Diversity Programs.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory, with a mission to ensure national security and apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

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