(KTEN)-- "She is Choctaw through and through," said Choctaw Nation's Director of Community Protection, Jeff Hansen.

On Wednesday, FEMA announced Choctaw tribal member, Kelbie Kennedy as the National Tribal Affairs Addvocate. She serves as FEMA's first Native American political appointee. 

"She is a fellow Choctaw that has been in DC for many years, advocating for tribes, and advocating for public safety issues that involved violence against women's act," said Hansen.

In this new position, Kennedy will be a strong supporter of Indian Country. 

"I think that the big thing is we now have a voice, that can say, tribes in Indian country need additional resources," Hansen said. "That could lead to additional funding down the road."

Chief Gary Batton believes Kennedy will serve as a great advocate. 

"As a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Ms. Kennedy is living out the Chahta Spirit of 'Faith, Family, and Culture.' She sticks true to our Chahta values and experiences," said Chief Batton in a quote.