“Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education Act”
YOUR SUPPORT NEEDED
52nd legislative session, Oklahoma State Representative Ann Coody, from Comanche County has authored HB 2929, the “Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education Act”. It reads in part:
“The purpose of the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education Act is to recognize the unique relationship that Oklahoma enjoys with the Indian tribes located within the state and how Native Americans and Indian tribes play a pivotal role in the educational system of the state in light of this special relationship. The further purpose of the act is to establish the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education. The purpose of creating the Council is to promote equitable and culturally relevant learning environments, educational opportunities and instructional material for Native American students enrolled in the public schools of the state. Because of the number of Native American students enrolled in public schools in the state, this objective will positively affect the educational success of all public school students and encourage further government-to-government cooperation between the State of Oklahoma and the sovereign Indian tribes located in Oklahoma.”
“A. There is hereby created the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education.
B. The Council shall:
1. Advise the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction in educational matters affecting the education of Native American students;
2. Promote equal educational opportunity and improve the quality of education provided to Native American students throughout the state;
3. Advocate for Native American students in the state; and
4. Monitor and evaluate how the public education system of the state impacts Native American students.
C. The Council shall be composed of seventeen (17) members as follows:
1. Five members who shall represent an Indian tribe in the state, appointed by the Governor from a list of nominations submitted by the different Indian tribes in the state;
2. Four members who shall represent the tribal education departments of an Indian tribe in the state, appointed by the Governor from a list of nominations submitted by the different Indian tribes in the state;
3. One member who shall represent the Oklahoma Council on Indian Education, appointed by the Governor;
4. Two members who shall represent two different statewide organizations representing public school teachers, appointed by the Governor;
5. One member who shall represent Oklahoma tribal colleges, appointed by the Chancellor of Higher Education;
6. The Director of the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority or designee;
7. The Chancellor of Higher Education, or designee;
8. The Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, or designee; and
9. The Superintendent of Public Instruction, or designee.
D. Appointments to the Council shall be made by September 1, 2010……..”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. CALL AND E-MAIL YOUR TRIBAL REPRESENTATIVES AND GET THEM TO SUPPORT THIS BILL;
2. CALL AND E-MAIL YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS TO TELL THEM TO SUPPORT THIS BILL;Find your legislators: http://www.capitolconnect.com/oklahoma/default.aspx
3. CALL AND E-MAIL THE MEMBERS OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN CAUCUS TO TELL THEM TO SUPPORT THIS BILL;The Native American Caucus Members: http://www.ok.gov/oiac/State-Tribal_Relations/Caucus_Leadership/
4. Office of Governor Brad Henry Contact:
Full text of the act is here: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2009-10HB/HB2929_int.rtf
Oklahoma House of Representatives Common Education Committee:
Oklahoma State Senate Education Committee: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/
Form letter to use:
Dear Honorable Member of the Education Committee:
Society to Preserve Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Traditions
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