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Dayton to hold first American Indian education summit Monday

ROSEVILLE - Gov. Mark Dayton will convene the first Governor's American Indian Education Summit on Monday, with the goal of improving access to high quality education opportunities to all Minnesota youth.

The summit will bring together tribal and state education leaders, as well as key stakeholders, to address barriers and challenges currently facing the state's Indian students, according to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Education. The group will also 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.

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.