Climecot, (left), with Governor Heineman, (right).

NCIA recently added two interns to its staff to support its Chief Standing Bear event preparation and to assist the agency’s transition to utilizing new social media to communicate with its constituents.

Justine Climecot is from France and is currently attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is teaching French and studying Economics, French and Native American history. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and History and will completing her Master’s degree next year. Her master’s thesis will be about the influence of education on Native American’s awareness of their culture. She said the internship at NCIA will be a great opportunity for her to research how varying types of education and residence on and off the reservations affect Native’s students’ attitudes towards their culture.

Carly Peetz is a senior advertising major attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is from Lincoln and played four years for the UNL Women’s soccer team and is currently assisting the team as a graduate assistant coach while she finishes her degree in May of 2011. Peetz is working with the NCIA and the College of Journalism assisting in the promotion of the University’s Native Daughter’s project as well as working on the implementation of social media outlets for the agency to include Facebook, blogging and Twitter.