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Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will travel to Wyoming tomorrow for a series of events to highlight the importance of education, including a roundtable discussion with local tribal leaders and two school visits. Throughout the trip, the Secretaries will engage with state and tribal representatives, education providers and tribal youth from the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes.
At 1 p.m., Secretary Duncan and Secretary Jewell will participate in a roundtable discussion on Indian education at the fourth annual Wyoming Native American Education Conference at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. State, tribal, and school officials will be on hand to discuss issues facing American Indian students on and near the Wind River Indian Reservation. Secretaries Duncan and Jewell will then participate in a press availability at 2 p.m.
Later, at 2:25 p.m., Jewell and Duncan will deliver remarks and participate in a youth basketball event at St. Stephens Indian School in nearby St. Stephens. They will visit with camp participants and bring attention to the importance and benefits of physical activity, as well as the value of education.
Afterward at 3:15 p.m., they will visit to the Arapahoe School in Arapahoe for the Honoring Our Children ceremony and cultural performance. The ceremony will recognize area students who have been nominated for their excellence in academics, leadership, knowledge of Native culture and good citizenship. The Secretaries will listen and watch as Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribal members explain and demonstrate their culture through oral histories, songs and dances.
Secretary Duncan and Secretary Jewell will participate in a roundtable with tribal leaders and school officials at the 2013 Wyoming Native American Education Conference.
Peck Center, Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck Ave., Riverton, Wyo.
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013
1 p.m. MT Roundtable
2 p.m. MT Press availability in Music wing of Peck Center
Secretary Duncan and Secretary Jewell will deliver remarks and participate in a youth basketball event at St. Stephens Indian School.
St. Stephens Indian School, 128 Mission Rd., St. Stephens, Wyo.
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013
2:25 p.m. MT
Secretary Duncan and Secretary Jewell will visit the Arapahoe School and take part in its Honoring Our Children ceremony and cultural performance.
Arapahoe School, 445 Little Wind River Bottom Rd., Arapahoe, Wyo.