Education Officials Holding Tribal Consultation at Standing Rock Tomorrow


In an effort to fulfill President Barack Obama’s November 5, 2009 Presidential Memorandum and Executive Order of strengthening the government-to-government relationships, two White House officials will be gathering feedback on education on Monday, April 13.

Ron Lessard, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education Chief of Staff; and Joyce Silverthorne, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education, will be at the Sitting Bull College Science and Technology Center on the Standing Rock Reservation in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

The two officials will consult with tribal officials to gather information on education matters affecting American Indians.

The Executive Order 13175 directs agencies to engage in regular and meaningful consultation in an effort to strengthen the relationship between governments. Lessard and Silverthorne will provide updates on the President’s Generation Indigenous Initiatives as well as upcoming grants.

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