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Members of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation recently elected Brigham Young University professor Jay Buckley to serve a one-year term as president of the foundation effective Oct. 1, 2011.

Buckley is an associate professor of history and director of the Native American Studies program at BYU. He received his doctorate in history from the University of Nebraska and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from BYU. He is the author of the award-winning “William Clark: Indian Diplomat” (2008).

His service in the foundation began in 2004 when he was selected the Portage Route Chapter’s scholar-in-residence at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Mont.  He served on the archives committee of the William P. Sherman Library and Archives.  He was elected to the board of directors in 2007 and chaired the LCTHF Education Committee until his election as president. 

Established in 1969, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation is headquartered in Great Falls at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. The Foundation partners with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service in caring for the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The Foundation has about 1,500 members and is known as the "Keepers of the Story, Stewards of the Trail.”

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Writer: Melissa Connor