Young members of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho. Photo by Eliza Adam
The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho is welcoming William Mendoza, the executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, to the reservation. The tribe received a $330,000 grant from the State-Tribal Education Partnership last year. Mendoza is on the reservation to see how the effort is helping Indian students in local schools. "The main goal of the program is to improve academic achievement of AI/AN students by meeting their unique educational and cultural needs," the tribe said in a press release. "Together, they are advancing culturally-responsive strategies in curriculum, family engagement, instruction, leadership, and school environment." While on the reservation, Mendoza will be the guest of honor at a reception on Wednesday afternoon. The event, held at the Clearwater River Casino and Lodge from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, is open to the public. Mendoza is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He joined the White House Initiative in December 2011.
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