State Tribal Education Partnership Roundtable in Santa Fe, NM on September 8 at 6:30 pm


Dear Sir/Madam:

As part of U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan’s,  “Strong Start, Bright Future” Back-to-School Bus Tour<>, Deb Delisle, assistant secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, will host a roundtable meeting in Santa Fe, NM to discuss the State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program.

The STEP program aims to promote collaboration between tribal education agencies (TEAs) and state educational agencies (SEAs) and to build the capacity of tribes as they develop and enhance their roles, responsibilities and accountability in Indian education. The program funds projects created through collaborative agreements between TEAs and SEAs that allow for TEAs to perform some state-level functions for certain federal grant programs funded through the ESEA, within public schools located on tribally controlled lands.

During the meeting, grantees of the STEP program will discuss the implementation of their grants and how their work is increasing the role of their TEA in the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students.

2012 grantees and their SEA partners are:

Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho
The Navajo Nation Diné Department of Education, New Mexico
The Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma
Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon

We ask that you join the meeting. Space is limited. Please RSVP by responding to this message, or by contacting Sedelta Oosahwee by phone (202) 453-5618 or e-mail


Institute of American Indian Arts
(Center for Lifelong Education)
83 Avan Nu Po Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87508
(505) 424-2300


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