WASHINGTON, DC -- Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will discuss Indian issues and be joined by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson and other Administration officials to launch a new Native American-focused online training course for federal employees at a press conference at the National Press club on Thursday, January 31.
Secretary Kempthorne will also announce progress on two Department of the Interior initiatives important to Indian Country. The Improving Indian Education Initiative, announced as part of the President's FY 08 budget, included a request for $15-million to improve Indian student academic achievement. The Safe Indian Communities Initiative, announced at the same time, included a request for $16-million to combat a methamphetamine crisis in Indian Country by improving policing capabilities in Indian Country.
Secretary Kempthorne, Administrator Johnson and the other Administration officials will launch the on-line training course for federal employees. This new training will strengthen working relations with Tribes and serve as a primer for federal employees charged with the important responsibility of working with Indian tribes. The course focuses on cultural and governmental issues unique to American Indian tribes.
|Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson
Jovita Carranza, Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator
Carl Artman, Assistant Secretary of the Interior - Indian Affairs
Jeffrey Sedgwick, Acting Assistant Attorney General
John Nau, Chairman, President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Joe Garcia, President, National Congress of American Indians
|Press Conference on Indian issues and launch of new Native American-focused online training course for federal employees
|Thursday, January 31, 2008
10:00 a.m. EST
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW