The federal Department of Education will visit Seattle next week to hear from Native American students, their families and educators about ways to better meet the academic needs of Native American youth.
The listening tour had been planned for earlier this month by the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, but was abruptly cancelled out of respect for grieving families after the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting, in which four students were fatally shot, and another injured, before gunman Jaylen Fryberg turned the weapon on himself. Fryberg was a member of the Tulalip Tribes.
This listening session, now scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24th from 1 to 7 p.m., will be held at Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Seattle’s Discovery Park. William Mendoza, executive director of the White House initiative, will be present to gather testimony on in-school bullying, student discipline, and offensive imagery and symbolism. The goal is to devise ways of ensuring that Native American students — whose academic outcomes are the worst for any demographic group in the country — receive a quality education.
This session is the last in a national series that brought federal officials to nine cities in New York, Wisconsin, Alaska, Michigan, California and Oklahoma.