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U.S. Education Secretary Duncan to Address Town Hall Listening Session with Tribal Officials

Posted Dec 14 2010 9:56am

Contact:   Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310,

Event Date 1: December 15, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address a town hall listening session with tribal officials Wednesday in Washington. The session, being held in advance of the White House Tribal Nations Conference on Thursday, is intended to give tribal officials an opportunity to engage in dialogue with the department's senior staff on improving American Indian and Alaska Native education.

Duncan will discuss his department's work with tribal officials across the country during the past year -- describing what was learned during consultation meetings and how the department is responding to concerns expressed at those gatherings.

The meetings were held in such places as Window Rock, Ariz., Santa Clara Pueblo, N.M., Pine Ridge, S.D., Shawnee, Okla., Puyallup, Wash., and Anchorage, Alaska. They were an outgrowth of President Obama’s Nov. 5, 2009, Presidential Memorandum and Executive Order, which directs agencies to provide regular and meaningful consultation and strengthening of government-to-government relationships with Indian tribes.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter.
Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier.
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Thelma Melendez.
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Alexa Posny.
Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Kevin Jennings.
General Counsel Charles P. Rose.
Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones.
White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities Executive Director Maggie George. Remarks to a town hall listening session with tribal officials on improving American Indian and Alaska Native education Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010
8:30 a.m.-noon (Secretary Duncan will speak at 9 a.m.) U.S. Department of Education auditorium, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington
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