For Immediate Release
July 7, 2016
Contact: Hope Stockwell, Research Analyst, 444-9280
Helena - Education-related topics are the focus of the State-Tribal Relations Committee meeting on July 13 with tribal colleges headlining the event.
Data on the economic impacts of and funding for Montana’s seven tribal colleges will be presented, as well as information on staffing, wages, and a comparison with funding for other public, postsecondary institutions in the state.
The committee will also consider the effects of charter schools on reservations and student outcomes. A case study of three charter schools in California, Florida, and Wisconsin will be reviewed.
The topic of supplemental state funding for tribally-controlled Bureau of Indian Education grant schools is back on the agenda as well after an initial presentation in October 2015. Montana has two such schools: Northern Cheyenne Tribal School in Busby and Two Eagle River School in Pablo.
Updates on Montana’s Indian language preservation and immersion programs, state implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act, suicide prevention, and activities of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs will also be provided.
The STRC is scheduled to meet from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 13 in Room 137 of the Capitol. A full agenda and meeting materials are available on the committee's website at http://leg.mt.gov/tribal.
Senate members of the STRC are Jill Cohenour, D-East Helena; Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls; Kristin Hansen, R-Havre; and Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder (Chair).
House members are Alan Doane, R-Bloomfield (Vice-Chair); Edward Greef, R-Florence; George Kipp, III, D-Heart Butte; and Zac Perry, D-Hungry Horse.