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Notice to the Press (Revised)
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 20, 2007


Secretary Rice to Address Special Naturalization Ceremony; Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Dina Habib Powell to Receive American by Choice Award

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will address a special naturalization ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23 in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Department of State. Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Emilio Gonzalez will swear-in 50 new Americans.

Director Gonzales will also present four American by Choice awards, recognizing outstanding achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens. Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Dina Habib Powell will receive one of the American by Choice Awards as well as M.J. Kahan, Houston City Council Member; Farroqu Kathwari, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc. and Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo.

The 50 new Americans being sworn in are from Bangladesh, Bolivia, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Sweden, Thailand, Taiwan, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

This event is open for press coverage.

Pre-Set for Cameras: 10:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Final access for all press: 11:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

To attend this event, members of the media must present one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver's license or passport). Press should enter at 23rd Street Entrance.
PRESS CONTACTS:

Nicole Deaner
Education and Cultural Affairs, DOS
(202) 203-7613

Dan Kane
Department of Homeland Security, USCIS
(202) 272-1219

Office of Press Relations, U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492

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Released on April 20, 2007

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