Department Of Interior
|Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs||
Contact:Eric Ruff 202-208-6416
|For Immediate Release: August 27, 2003||
Nedra Darling 202-219-4152
WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Acting Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Aurene M. Martin will join students, parents, and tribal officials on August 28, 2003, to celebrate the opening of Baca/Dlo'ay azhi Community School, a new Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)-operated day school located in Prewitt, N.M.
Baca/Dlo'ay azhi Community School is a K-6 school that will serve approximately 390 day students from the Prewitt and Thoreau communities on the Navajo Nation reservation. The school replaces two existing facilities, Baca Day and Thoreau Boarding Schools, which are on the list of aging BIA schools slated for replacement.
The BIA school system is comprised of 185 elementary and secondary day and boarding schools located on or near 63 reservations in 23 states. In School Year 2001-2002, BIA-funded schools served approximately 48,000 students.
WHO: Gale Norton,
Secretary, Department of the Interior
WHAT: Norton and Martin
will visit the Navajo Reservation in northwestern New Mexico
WHEN: Thursday, August
28, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. (all times are local time)
azhi Community School
CREDENTIALS: Press registration will be provided. Please bring your sanctioned media credentials and if possible, wear on your shirt collar or around your neck for easy viewing. This will assist our staff. Press seating will be provided.
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