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Local Montanan, Scott Frazier Attends Presidential Summit in Russia
July 14, 2009

For Immediate Release

Contact: Montana Center for International Visitors

Bozeman, MT. The Montana Center for International Visitors is pleased to announce that Scott Frazier, Executive Director of Project WET’s Native Waters and Indigenous People’s Liaison was nominated by the Open World Leadership Center (OWLC) to participate in the Moscow Presidential Summit that took place last week as a continuation of the famous re-set concept introduced by Secretary of State Clinton in March of this year. Mr. Frazier participated in a roundtable on Civil Society, in which President Obama took part.

MCIV is delighted that Mr. Frazier was one of a dozen Open World partners who were able to take part in this event. Over the years, Mr. Frazier of Project WET has met with numerous Open World delegates through his connection with the Montana Center for International Visitors. Mr. Frazier is a Santee and an enrolled Crow Tribal member. Since 2001, Mr. Frazier has led the efforts of Native Waters, a community education program that supports the efforts of tribal leaders, educators and students and dedicated to increasing awareness of indigenous water resources worldwide. He also serves as the Project WET Foundation’s Tribal point-of-contact for diversity and cultural awareness related to water resources education.

The Open World Leadership Center, an independent legislative branch agency, brings emerging community leaders to the United States for short-term visits to observe their U.S. counterparts in action. The program’s mission is to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the U.S. and the countries of Eurasia by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and its free-market system.

The unique Open World Program is the only exchange program funded by the legislative branch of the U.S. government. The program is operated by the Open World Leadership Center housed at the Library of Congress. Since its founding by Congress in 1999, Open World has enabled over 6,000 American host families and their communities in all 50 states to play an active role in this ambitious public diplomacy effort. By hosting Eurasian delegates in their communities and homes, they have directly impacted more than 14,000 current and future Eurasian leaders and made lasting partnerships.

The Academy for Educational Development (AED), the Open World Program’s largest national hosting grantee, receives grants from the Open World Leadership Center to administer U.S.-based activities in collaboration with local host colleges such as MCIV across the United States. MCIV is a Bozeman based non-profit dedicated to promoting global education and exchanges. MCIV was founded in 1987 and has since hosted more than one thousand international leaders who come to the U.S. to better understand our country.

For more information please contact MCIV at or 406.994.4887.

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