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U.S. Department of Education Senior Officials to Participate in Listening and Learning Sessions with Urban Indian Communities


Contact:  
Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: May 06, 2011 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
Event Date 2: May 09, 2011 09:00 am - 04:00 pm

U.S. Department of Education senior officials will hold two Listening and Learning sessions in California with urban Indian communities Friday, May 6, and Monday, May 9. The purpose of the sessions is to encourage a continuing dialogue between the Department and the Indian community in order to improve educational opportunities and resources for Native students, to collaborate and address education issues with tribal implications, and to strengthen relations with Indian tribes. These Listening and Learning sessions are a follow-up to a series of tribal leader official consultations that were conducted last year in Anchorage, Alaska; Espanola, N.M.; Shawnee, Okla.; Pine Ridge, S.D.; Window Rock, Ariz.; and Puyallup, Wash. The sessions also are in response to President Obama's Nov. 5, 2009 Presidential Memorandum and Executive Order, which directs agencies to develop a plan of action for providing regular and meaningful consultation and strengthening of government-to-government relationships with Indian tribes.

The first session on Friday runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT, at the Stockton Unified Professional Development Center in Stockton. Michael Yudin, deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, will participate. The second listening and learning session will take place on Monday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel. Yudin; Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; and Charlie Rose, general counsel, each will give remarks during the all-day session. William Mendoza, acting director of the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities, will join them.

For more information on the Department's series of 2010 tribal consultations, visit http://www.edtribalconsultations.org.


Event 1
Who : Michael Yudin, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U. S. Department of Education
What : Participation in and remarks at the U.S. Department of Education's Urban Indian Listening and Learning Sessions
When : 9 a.m.–4 p.m. PDT Friday, May 6, 2011
Where :

Stockton Unified Professional Development Center
1503 St. Marks Plaza
Stockton, Calif.

Event 2
Who :

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
Charlie Rose, general counsel, U. S. Department of Education
Michael Yudin, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U. S. Department of Education
William Mendoza, acting director, White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities

What : Participation in and remarks at the U.S. Department of Education's Urban Indian Listening and Learning Sessions
When : 9 a.m.–4 p.m. PDT Monday, May 9, 2011
Where :

Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel
5400 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, Calif.

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