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MEDIA ALERT: NIEA Executive Director Colin Kippen Speaks Today at National Judicial Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships

Washington, DC – How can we create school cultures that nurture American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students -- and keep them from being subjected to the kind of harsh school discipline that leads them to dropping out? This is a question National Indian Education Association Executive Director Colin Kippen will address today, March 12 at 12:15 p.m., at the National Judicial Leadership Summit on School-Justice PartnershipS. The summit is being held in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel.

The summit, being held today and tomorrow in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel, is sponsored by the New York State Permanent Commission on Justice for Children with funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies, MacArthur Foundation, Skadden, Arps and U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. It focuses on building partnerships between court systems, law enforcement agencies, schools, and communities to keep young men and women out of the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. Kippen will participate on a panel with Claudia Vincent, Research Assistant, Educational and Community Supports at the University of Oregon, who has co-written a recent report on disproportionate levels of school discipline meted out to Native students in Oregon compared to peers of other backgrounds.


Kippen's appearance is another aspect of NIEA's work to advance high-quality culturally-based education for Native students.This includes conducting research on conditions of education for Native students and advising researchers on improving how data is collected on academic progress; advocacy for federal legislation that allows Native communities to choose excellent education for their students; and improving school cultures in every academic setting so that Native students can succeed.

Reporters looking to interview Kippen, or cover the event can contact NIEA’s communications staff, either at (202) 544-7290 or at rbiddle@NIEA.org.

jUST THE FACTS
WHO: NIEA Executive Director Colin Kippen

WHAT: National Judicial Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships

WHEN and WHERE: Monday, March 12 in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel; 45 East 45th Street  New York, NY 10017

TIME: 12:15 p.m.

WHY: Keeping Native students out of the school-to-prison pipeline will bring prosperity to all communities

MEDIA CONTACT: NIEA Communications (rbiddle@niea.org)

About National Indian Education Association: The premiere organization advocating for educational excellence, opportunity, and equity for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students, the mission of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) is to support traditional Native cultures and values; to enable Native learners to become contributing members of their communities; to promote Native control of educational institutions; and to improve educational opportunities and resources for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States. Learn more at www.NIEA.org.



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