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Miccosukee Tribe joins Native youth announcement at DOI in DC

Students at the Miccosukee Indian School attended a college fair in 2013. Still image from Miccosukee Magazine TV / YouTube

The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida will be joining the Obama administration in Washington, D.C., on Monday to make an announcement about Native youth.

Chairman Colley Billie and Manuel Varela, the principal of the Miccosukee Indian School, are marking an important educational achievement for their youth, according to a media advisory. They will be joined by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other top officials for the announcement at the Interior Department.

The Miccosukee Indian School, which opened in 1962, is partially funded by the Bureau of Indian Education and operated by the tribe. Located in Miami, it serves students in kindergarten through grade 12.

YouTube: Miccosukee Indian School College Fair

"Our goal is to empower every student to reach their full academic potential while being active and productive members of a bilingual-bicultural society," the school's mission statement reads. "We are dedicated to serve, inspire and encourage our students with the understanding that the culture and traditions of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, along with a rigorous curriculum, are strengths upon which they can build personal, social, and academic success in the classroom and beyond."

The announcement takes place at 10am on Monday. A webcast will be available on

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Media Advisory: Interior, Education Departments to Make Important Announcement for Native Youth (DOI 5/29)

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