New Mexico

Public Education Department

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe , New Mexico 87501-2786

Dr. Veronica C. Garc

Secretary of Education


Beverly Friedman

Public Information Officer





For Immediate Release: December 12, 2005



Indian Education Summit Set for Monday, December 19


( Santa Fe, NM)— All New Mexico Tribes have been invited to attend a New Mexico Indian Education Summit Monday, December 19, 2005 at Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of the Summit is to develop a relationship and partnership between Tribes and the State and to ensure equitable resources and quality education for Native American students.

Governor Bill Richardson is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Summit.

The Honorable Governor Joe Garcia of Ohkay Owingeh will welcome participants. Tribal participants include Honorable Chairman Amadeo Shije from the All Indian Pueblos Council; Honorable president Joe Shirley, Jr., from The Navajo Nation; Honorable President Levi Pesata from the Jicarilla Apache Tribe; and Honorable President Mark Chino from the Mescalero Apache Tribe.

New Mexico state agency participants include Secretary Benny Shendo, Jr., NM Indian Affairs Department; Secretary Veronica C. García, NM Public Education Department; Secretary Beverlee J. McClure, NM Higher Education Department; and Secretary Mary-Dale Bolson, NM Children Youth & Families Department.

Issues to be discussed at the meeting include early childhood, elementary and secondary, and higher education and adult education issues. No Child Left Behind Act, Annual Yearly Progress, juvenile justice, child abuse, and behavioral health issues will also be discussed.

In the afternoon workgroups will establish tribal education priorities and closing comments will be made by Cabinet Secretaries and Tribal Leaders.

Anyone interested in attending, may pre-register by calling Melissa Candelaria, NM Indian Affairs Department at 1-505-476-1600 or Penny Bird, NM Public Education Department at 1-505-827-6679.