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Photos:  Secretary Salazar Highlights Indian Country Education Initiatives by Visiting the Riverside Indian School


March 17, 2011

ANADARKO, Okla. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited the Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Oklahoma as part of Interior’s commitment to expanding quality educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. Riverside Indian School is run by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and is an Off-Reservation Boarding School (ORBS) that serves over 500 students representing 72 federally recognized tribes.


  • Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar speaks with Riverside Indian School Superintendent Tony Dearman on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011. Photo by Tami A. Heillemann-Office of Communications
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  • Superintendent Dearman gives Secretary Salazar a tour of the facilities at the Riverside Indian School.  The largest Off-Reservation Boarding School in the BIE system, RIS serves 540 students in grades 4 – 12 between the ages of 8 – 21 years old. Photo by Tami A. Heillemann-Office of Communications
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  • Secretary Salazar reads a textbook with Jase Lee, a member of the Comanche Tribe. Photo by Tami A. Heillemann-Office of Communications
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  • Secretary Salazar congratulates Lee with a fist bump. Photo by Tami A. Heillemann-Office of Communications
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  • Secretary Salazar holds up a signed t-shirt given to him by Jarrell Lasley, a member of the Omaha Tribe. Photo by Tami A. Heillemann-Office of Communications
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  • The Secretary waits with students in the crowd before speaking to them. Photo by Tami A. Heillemann-Office of Communications
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  • “I am impressed with the work Riverside students are doing on a daily basis, and I’m confident they can be our leaders of tomorrow," Secretary Salazar said.  "Improving Indian education is a top priority for Interior, and the Bureau of Indian Education will continue to work to provide our young people with the best resources and education available and to support and promote tribal self-determination and self-governance.” Photo by Tami A. Heillemann-Office of Communications
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  • Secretary Salazar embraces Lyle Ahenakew, a member of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe, while speaking at the Riverside Indian School. Photo by Tami A. Heillemann-Office of Communications
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  • The Secretary plays basketball students after speaking with them in their auditorium. Photo by Tami A. Heillemann-Office of Communications
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  • Shane Cozad, a member of the Delaware tribe from Oklahoma, plays defense against the Secretary. Photo by Tami A. Heillemann-Office of Communications
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  • Secretary Salazar looks to stop Camren Collins, a Ute Mt. Ute tribe member from Colorado, in a friendly playground basketball game outside the School. Photo by Tami A. Heillemann-Office of Communications
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  • Secretary Salazar takes a group shot at the basketball court with students from the Riverside Indian School. Photo by Tami A. Heillemann-Office of Communications
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