Keller George

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Keller George

Oneida; Oneida Indian Nation diplomat; Chairman, Oneida Indian Nation Gaming Commission; President, United South & Eastern Tribes

On October 6 – 8, 2008 ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations), a program of the US Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement, convened a symposium to discuss the effects of NCLB (No Child Left Behind) on Native communities, and to share strategies for the upcoming debate over the re-authorization of ESEA (Elementary & Secondary Education Act of 1964)/NCLB.

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and the collaborating institutions of ECHO hosted educators and cultural professionals from across the country. The purpose of the gathering was to share insights and experiences from their communities regarding the implementation of NCLB in their respective domains and their vision for a constructive future for Native education in the United States. The group consisted of nationally-recognized experts in the field of Native Education, members of the Choctaw education community and representatives from the six ECHO institutions. This document summarizes their joint findings and recommendations.