October 18, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Legislative Liaison/PIO
(505) 827-7803 or 988-0582 pager
rwilliams@ped.state.nm.us

Tribes, PED to Meet October 20 in Gallup
At Government-to-Government Meeting

(Santa Fe, NM)--Representatives of the Public Education Department (PED) will meet with 22 Indian tribal leaders at a Government-to-Government Meeting on Wednesday, October 20 in Gallup at the Holiday Inn, located at 2915 W. Highway 66, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The meeting is hosted by the Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools.

Participants will focus on student achievement, the PED’s school improvement framework and legislative issues, including truancy, early childhood education and high school reform.

The government-to-government meetings are a result of the New Mexico Indian Education Advisory Council’s desire to increase direct involvement and partnership with Indian tribes regarding the educational needs of Indian students. The agenda is as follows:

· Opening remarks will be made by Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García and Leland Leonard, executive director of the Department of Dine Education, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

· Presentations on student achievement and the school improvement framework will begin at 10:00 a.m.

· At 11:00 a.m., students from the Twin Lakes Elementary School Nizhoni Club will perform.

· Legislative issues will be presented at 1:00 p.m., beginning with truancy and followed by early childhood education at 2:00 p.m. and high school reform at 2:30 p.m.

· An Indian education update will be given at 3:00 p.m. by Penny Bird, assistant secretary for Indian education.

· Donovan Gomez, Advisory Council chair, will hear issues from the floor at 3:30 p.m.