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New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

PRESS RELEASE

April 22, 2003

Tribes, SDE, SBE and Legislators to Meet April 30 At Government-to-Government Meeting; Governor Richardson Invited to Speak

(Santa Fe, NM)— Representatives of the New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) and New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) will meet with 22 Indian tribal leaders at the Biannual Government-to-Government Meeting on Wednesday, April 30, at 9:00 a.m., at the Hotel Santa Fe, located at 1501 Paseo de Peralta, in Santa Fe. The meeting will focus on legislative outcomes and how public and BIA schools are impacting the improvements in Indian education in grades K-12.

“The biannual meetings between tribal and state leaders provide an opportunity for partnerships and the direct involvement of tribes in meeting the educational needs of Indian students. Collectively, we are seeking the most effective strategies and use of resources to increase academic achievement,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis.

Governor Bill Richardson has been invited to make opening remarks, along with Governor Gerald Nailor of Picuris Pueblo, State Board of Education President Adelmo “Del” Archuleta, state Senator Leonard Tsosie of Crownpoint and state Rep. Ray Begaye of Shiprock.

This will be followed by a legislative review focused on the Indian Education Act, signed by Governor Richardson, and the SDE’s Indian Education Division presented by State Superintendent Davis and Toni Trujillo, the SDE’s special master of corrective action. Tribal input on the program and budget initiatives of the act will be facilitated by tribal and state departments of education.

Taos Day School, a BIA school in Taos, and Menaul School in Albuquerque will make presentations at the meeting.