Last week, I had the opportunity to gather with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and members of the surrounding community to talk about the State’s American Indian Alaska Native State Plan (AI/AN Plan). I was joined by leaders from the Early Learning Division, Department of Education, Youth Development Division, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Attendees included parents, community members, students, school leaders, and educators.
The Chief Education Office convened the group in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education, as part of a series of conversations with all nine federally recognized, sovereign tribes in Oregon over the next two years. Each conversation is designed to support communities in co-constructing local strategies, developing new relationships, and strengthening current partnerships to make progress towards key goals in the Plan.
As state leaders our role was to listen, as the nearly 100 attendees shared the assets that already exist within the region that could be leveraged to improve access, opportunities and outcomes for students in, and around the Warm Springs community.
——Lindsey Capps, Chief Education Officer