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:  November 3, 2005



Public Education Department Hosts Two Important Meetings Addressing Needs of Native American Students November 3rd and 4th in Mescalero


(Santa Fe, NM)— The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) will host two important meetings this week that will address Native American student issues and also discuss the implementation of the Indian Education Act.  The purpose of the meetings is to get feedback from tribal leaders on the progress of the NMPED in meeting the needs of Native American students in public schools.  
The Government to Government meeting is scheduled on Thursday, November 3, 2005 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, New Mexico from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   The New Mexico Indian Education Advisory Council will meet on Friday, November 4, 2005 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



Agenda items for Thursday’s Government to Government meeting include:

1.      Opening Remarks by Education Secretary Dr. Veronica C. García

2.      Indian Education Act Implementation Report by NMPED Assistant Secretary Penny Bird

3.      Health Issues Report by Dr. Kristine Meurer, NMPED Program Manager for School Health Bureau

4.      Indian Education Legislative Recommendations by Dr, Larry Emerson

5.      Community Conversation with Education Secretary Dr. Veronica C. García

6.       Indian Education Summit Input by Ms. Penny Bird

7.       NCLB Report and Input by Dr. Larry Emerson


Agenda items for Friday’s Indian Education Advisory Council meeting include:

1.      UNM Teacher/Administrator Preparation and the American Indian Institute

2.       NMRSC Research and Evaluation for Indian Education Act

3.       Recommendations for 2005-2006 Activities


Anyone who would like to attend the meetings may register by calling Velma Sanchez at 1-505-827-6679 or go to the Public Education website at