PSU Celebrates National American Heritage Month with guest speaker Melody McCoy

PSU will sponsor an event to mark National American Heritage Month. Melody McCoy, enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, and senior staff attorney of the national Native American Rights Fund, will be on campus Wednesday, November 30 at 2:30pm.

Ms. McCoy will discuss the history of American Indian education, including the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Education to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives so that these students can achieve to the same standards as all students. Ms. McCoy will provide an overall picture and perspective on American Indian tribes and education today.

Melody McCoy is a graduate of Harvard University, the University of Michigan Law School, and is widely respected as one of the best legal minds in American Indian law and educational sovereignty of tribes. In 1998, she was asked by the Clinton administration to provide training across the country in reference to the Executive Order on Indian education. She is a senior staff attorney at the Native American Rights Fund, a law firm in Boulder, Colorado, that has been at the forefront of issues and developments in American Indian law, such as treaty rights to land and water, religious freedom, and the rights of tribes as sovereign governments, including tribal rights to education. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma.

The event is sponsored by Portland State University, the American Indian Urban Teacher Project, and United Indian Students of Higher Education. This event is free and the public is invited.

Wednesday, November 30, 2012
2:30pm
Native American Student and Community Center
710 SW Jackson Street, Portland
Light refreshments provided

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