Education Secretary John King headed to Pine Ridge Reservation

John King Jr., then the acting Secretary of the Department of Education, speaks at the National Congress of American Indians winter session in Washington, D.C., on February 22, 2016. Photo by Indianz.Com

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is getting another high-profile visitor on Thursday.

Education Secretary John King, Jr., is headed to the Pine Ridge Reservation to learn more about issues affecting Indian students. He will start off his day at the Red Cloud Indian School, a private institution, where he will observe cultural presentations and give remarks, according to a media advisory from the Department of Education.

Later in the day, King will visit the Wolf Creek School, a public institution. He is scheduled to attend an assembly and give remarks, according to the department.

King, who was confirmed to his post by the Senate in March, will be accompanied by William Mendoza, the executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. Mendoza is Oglala Sioux and Rosebud Sioux.

The trip coincides with an early morning visit to the reservation by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He's participating in a community meeting at the Pine Ridge School, not far from where King will be at Red Cloud.

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