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MEDIA ADVISORY: January 6, 2012

Contact: Keith Hovis, 651.582.8275,

Governor Mark Dayton to Hold First American Indian Education Summit

ROSEVILLE - This Monday, Governor Mark Dayton will convene the first Governor’s American Indian Education Summit. Focused on ensuring all Minnesota youth have access to high quality education opportunities, the summit will bring together both tribal and state education leaders, as well as key stakeholders, to address barriers and challenges currently facing the state’s Indian students and begin developing shared strategies to improve student achievement and outcomes for Indian children.

Last fall, Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius held an initial listening session addressing the state of Indian education in Minnesota. Feedback from participants showed the need for a deeper dialogue on ways to develop more effective policies, strategies, and experiences for Indian youth and children, resulting in Monday’s summit.

The event is made possible through collaboration with Governor Mark Dayton, the Minnesota Department of Education, the Tribal Nations Education Committee, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the North Central Comprehensive Center and the Minnesota Humanities Center.

In addition to presentations focused on how to transform Indian education, the summit will feature two keynote speakers: Dr. Denise Juneau, State Superintendent of Montana’s Office of Public Instruction and Commissioner Kevin Lindsey from the Department of Human Rights.

While registration is closed, the summit will be open to the media.

What: Governor’s American Indian Education Summit


· Governor Mark Dayton
· Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, MDE
· Keynote Speaker: Dr. Denise Juneau, State Superintendent, Montana Office of Public Instruction
· Keynote Speaker: Commissioner Kevin Lindsey, Department of Human Rights

When: Monday, January 9th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East, Saint Paul, Minnesota