Education Department Director, LaTitia Taylor spoke on behalf of the Southern Ute Education Department. She stated there have been two years of 100% Tribal graduates within the Johnson O'Malley Program.
Southern Ute Tribal Councilman Alex Cloud spoke of the importance of language as well as tradition with the local school systems.
Ernest House Jr., of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and Ute Mountain Ute tribal member spoke on behalf of the State and of the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe.
Southern Ute tribal member and parent of an Ignacio School student, Keith Thompson listens intently as discussions were held during the Ignacio School breakout session. Thompson was one of the community family members in attendance for the conference.
Administrative curriculum/assessment director, Dr. Kathy Pokorney spoke of grade level expectations for all grades, and working to appeal the turn-around status at the Middle School, making it a priority to achieve the 2 percentage points needed to move up one level.
The Ignacio School District held a Native American Parent Conference at the Ignacio Middle School on Saturday, Sept. 20 to discuss issues pertaining to Native American students within the school district.