[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 46 (Wednesday, March 9, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Page 12967]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5258]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Tribal Consultation Meetings

AGENCY: Administration for Children and Families' Office of Head Start 
(OHS), HHS.

ACTION: Notice of Tribal Consultation Meetings to be held on March 25, 
2011, and April 1, 2011.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act 
of 2007, Public Law 110-134, notice is hereby given of one-day Tribal 
Consultation Sessions to be held between the Department of Health and 
Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, OHS 
leadership, and the leadership of Tribal Governments operating Head 
Start (including Early Head Start) programs. The purpose of these 
Consultation Sessions is to discuss ways to better meet the needs of 
American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families, taking 
into consideration funding allocations, distribution formulas, and 
other issues affecting the delivery of Head Start services in their 
geographic locations [42 U.S.C. 9835, Section 640(l)(4)].
    Dates & Locations: The initial 2011 OHS Tribal Consultation 
Sessions will be held as follows:
    Friday, March 25, 2011--Rapid City, South Dakota--Best Western 
Ramkota.
    Friday, April 1, 2011--Boston, Massachusetts--JFK Federal Building.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Camille Loya, Tribal Policy Lead, e-
mail Camille.Loya@acf.hhs.gov or phone (202) 401-5964. Additional 
information and online meeting registration is available at http://www.headstartresourcecenter.org.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Health and Human Services 
announces the first 2011 OHS Tribal Consultations for leaders of Tribal 
Governments operating Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These 
Consultation Sessions will take place Friday, March 25, 2011, in Rapid 
City, South Dakota, and Friday, April 1, 2011, in Boston, 
Massachusetts. Both of these Head Start Tribal Consultation Sessions 
will immediately follow Department of Health and Human Services Tribal 
Consultations being held in Regions VIII and I, respectively.
    The agendas for these initial OHS Tribal Consultations will be 
organized around the statutory purposes of Head Start Tribal 
Consultations related to meeting the needs of American Indian and 
Alaska Native children and families, taking into consideration funding 
allocations, distribution formulas, and other issues affecting the 
delivery of Head Start services in their geographic locations. In 
addition, OHS will share actions taken and in progress to address the 
issues and concerns raised in 2010 OHS Tribal Consultations.
    Tribal leaders and designated representatives interested in 
submitting written testimony or proposing specific agenda topics for 
the Rapid City, South Dakota, or Boston, Massachusetts, Consultation 
Sessions should contact Camille Loya at Camille.Loya@acf.hhs.gov at 
least three days in advance of the Session. Proposals should include a 
brief description of the topic area along with the name and contact 
information of the suggested presenter.
    The Consultation Sessions will be conducted with elected or 
appointed leaders of Tribal Governments and their designated 
representatives [42 U.S.C.9835, Section 640(l)(4)(A)]. Designees must 
have a letter from the Tribal Government authorizing them to represent 
the Tribe. The letter should be submitted at least three days in 
advance of the Consultation Session to Camille Loya at (202) 205-9721 
(fax). Other representatives of Tribal organizations and Native 
nonprofit organizations are welcome to attend as observers.
    A detailed report of each Consultation Session will be prepared and 
made available within 90 days of the Consultation Session to all Tribal 
Governments receiving funds for Head Start and Early Head Start 
programs. Tribes wishing to submit written testimony for the report 
should send testimony to Camille Loya at Camille.Loya@acf.hhs.gov 
either prior to the Consultation Session or within 30 days after the 
meeting.
    Oral testimony and comments from the Consultation Session will be 
summarized in the report without attribution, along with topics of 
concern and recommendations. Hotel and logistical information for all 
Consultation Sessions has been sent to Tribal leaders via e-mail and 
posted on the Head Start Resource Center Web site at http://www.headstartresourcecenter.org.

    Dated: March 1, 2011.
Yvette Sanchez Fuentes,
Director, Office of Head Start.
[FR Doc. 2011-5258 Filed 3-8-11; 8:45 am]
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