Education committee looking for members

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — The Johnson O’Malley Indian Education Committee (IEC) is looking for five members to serve on a Parent Advisory Committee which will advise the Tuba City Unified School District on student educational and cultural needs.

The JOM – IEC members will have one vote apiece in their committee duties. Some of the other responsibilities for IEC members will be school related travel, board meetings, advocacy for student education and cultural needs, such as language programs.

The five member IEC will represent the following communities: Tuba City Chapter, Gap Chapter, Red Lake Chapter, Coalmine Chapter and one Hopi representative (can be from any of the Hopi recognized villages).

This Johnson O’Malley Grant is distributed to provide supplementary financial assistance to meet specialized and unique needs of American Indian students.

The IEC Committee will be comprised of elected parents or grandparents of eligible Indian students. Also persons acting in “Loco Parentis” status are eligible to serve on committee, Loco Parentis meaning “in place of parents.”

The purpose of the committee is to promote both TCUSD - CAIC (Center for the Advancement of Indian Cultural Studies) and TCUSD District vision, specifically the Dine’ and Hopi Lavayi language programs and a cultural studies revamp that embraces and incorporates cultural values and wisdom.

More information on how to serve as one of these representatives for the JOM-IEC Committee is available by contacting Adair Klopfenstein, Director, Indian Cultural Studies Department at TCUSD (928) 283-1174.

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