Indian Education Summit will be held April 19-20

Indian Education Summit will be held April 19-20 Gov. Rounds and South Dakota Secretary of Education Dr. Rick Melmer announced today the 2004 Indian Education Summit will be held on April 19-20 at the Cedar Shore Resort in Chamberlain.

"During the summit, we will examine the issues affecting education for Native American children in South Dakota and share our plan for re-establishing the state Office of Indian Education," Gov. Rounds said.

The summit will allow input from all participants and will result in a plan to improve Indian education in South Dakota. A group of Indian educators in conjunction with state representatives have been meeting periodically to plan the Indian Education Summit and to examine six major issues affecting education, including:

* Social issues/economic impact.

* Juvenile justice.

* Tribal language.

* Parental involvement.

* Facilities/funding.

"We want to help educators do a better job teaching Native American students in South Dakota, and re-establishment of the Office of Indian Education will help us do this," Melmer said.

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