Mary Jane Oatman-Wak Wak to Give
"Restoring the Trust in Native Education"
14th Annual NIEA Legislative Summit
Washington, D.C. NIEA President Mary Jane Oatman- Wak Wak will address senior officials of the U.S. Department of Education, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Native American education advocates and the NIEA membership at the State of Native Education Address on Feb. 7 at 9:00 am at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, D.C. This annual address will focus on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and Mrs. Oatman- Wak Wak will share NIEAs recommendations as to the best solution for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students and educators.
NIEAs Legislative Summit is a unique opportunity to share our Native education issues on Capitol Hill as tribal leaders, educators and students gather with one voice, said NIEA President Mary Jane Oatman-Wak Wak, Nez Perce. With incredible potential in the 112th Congress, NIEA must step forward to educate and remind those leaders of the federal trust obligation for the education of our people.
This annual address is a part of the 14th annual NIEA Legislative Summit, a gathering of tribal leaders, educators, school administrators and students from Feb. 7-9, 2011. Delegates will attend in-depth advocacy trainings on the legislative process and how it relates to Indian education issues. Attendees will also meet with Congressional representatives to dialogue about important issues that impact Native communities.
NIEA's Legislative Summit
Monday, February 7, 2011
Holiday Inn Capitol, Columbia Ballroom Lobby
9:00 - 9:30 am State of Native Education Address, Mary Jane
12:00 pm Lunch Served (* Lunch will be provided during the keynote address)
12:30 pm General
Assembly Keynote Address: "Standing Together as Tribes"
1:00 - 2:30
pm Organizational Updates
2:45 - 4:30 pm*
Optional Breakout Session Choices:
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Location: Dirksen Senate Building, Room 628 (Senate Committee on Indian Affairs), Washington, DC
9:00 am Opening Prayer
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Presentations by U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Members
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
Break: Lunch on own
1:15 - 4:30 pm Presentations by U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Members
4:30 pm Review of Capitol Hill visit schedule for Wed., Feb. 9
5:00 - 8:00 pm USET and
NIEA Honoring Reception
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Scheduled visits to Capitol Hill