The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

National Advisory Council on Indian Education hosts meeting in Washington DC

The National Advisory Council on Indian Education is hosting its next meeting in Washington, D.C.

The meeting, which is open to the public, takes place February 13-14 at the National Museum of the American Indian, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Thursday. The agenda follows:

February 13
(1) Welcome and Introductions;
(2) Update from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education;
(3) Presentation-White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE);
(4) Presentation-Director of the National Indian Education Association(NIEA);
(5) Presentation-National Comprehensive Center

February 14
(1) Presentation-Office of Indian Education;
(2) Presentation-Expanding Education Options for Indian Children;
(3) Presentation-Bureau of Indian Education;
(4) Discussion of Data Requests for the 2020 NACIE Annual Report to Congress;
(5) Discussion on NACIE Vacancies;
(6) Confirmation of NACIE Calendar for 2020-2021; and (7) Public Comments.

For those who cannot attend in person, online and teleconference materials will be available at using the Adobe Connect Meeting Code: 6241321.

To participate by by telephone, use the toll-free number 1-800-832-0736.

The National Advisory Council on Indian Education was established in Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to address issues in Indian education. It advises the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of the Interior, makes recommendations to the Secretary of Education about the hiring of a director of Indian education, issues annual reports to Congress and advises the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education.

The council is housed at the Department of Education, where Angeline Boulley, a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, was recently named the director of the Office of Indian Education. She began work in March 2019, according to her LInkedIn profile.

Boulley serves as the "designated federal official" for the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. The group has historically held at least two meetings a year, though none took place in 2017, during the first year of Donald Trump's presidency.

In 2018, the council held two meetings. Three meetings took place in 2019 -- one was in person, one was "virtual" and one was via teleconference.

According to the Department of Education, the members of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education are:

Robin Butterfield
Alexandria, VA

Deborah Jackson-Dennison
Fort Defiance, AZ

Sam McCracken
Beaverton, OR

Wayne Newell
Princeton, ME

S. Alan Ray
Elmhurst, IL

Virginia Thomas
Okmulgee, OK

Patricia Whitefoot
Toppenish, WA

Theresa Arevgaq John
Toksook Bay, AK

Doreen Brown
Anchorage, AK

Aaron Payment
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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