Four Tribal Leader Education Roundtables have been scheduled over the next few weeks as a result of U.S. Executive Order 13592 – Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities, which was signed by President Barack Obama on December 2nd of last year.
Section 3 of the Order establishes an Initiative with the mission of:
Expanding educational opportunities and improving educational outcomes… to help ensure that American Indian/Alaska Native students have an opportunity to learn their Native languages and histories and receive complete and competitive educations that prepare them for college, careers, and productive and satisfying lives.
To that end, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of the Interior are tasked with developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by March 24, 2012 to address how this mission will be carried out.
The roundtable meetings were organized to gather tribal and community leaders’ input and identify the most effective strategies for improving AI/AN education. Insights shared at these meetings will directly influence the contents of the MOU and the general facilitation of the policy.
The first discussion will take place today, January 20, in Rapid City, SD. Other roundtables are scheduled for January 23 in Norman, OK; January 25 in Albuquerque, NM, and February 16 in Seattle/Tacoma, WA.
For more information, or to register for the free events, click here. Additionally, those who are unable to attend, but still wish to participate, may e-mail their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.