[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 61 (Thursday, March 29, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19020-19021]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7556]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Tribal Consultation Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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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 a one-day Tribal 
Consultation Session to be held between the Department of Health and 
Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of 
Head Start

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leadership and the leadership of Tribal Governments operating Head 
Start (including Early Head Start) programs. The purpose of this 
Consultation Session 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: May 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES: 2012 Office of Head Start Tribal Consultation Session will 
be held at the following location:

Friday, May 4, 2012--Oklahoma City, Oklahoma--Sheraton Oklahoma City 
Hotel, 1 N. Broadway Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Camille Loya, Acting Regional Program 
Manager Region XI, email 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 
(HHS) announces Office of Head Start (OHS) Tribal Consultations with 
leaders of Tribal Governments operating Head Start (including Early 
Head Start) programs for each of the nine geographic regions of Head 
Start where American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) programs are 
located. We are convening the OHS Tribal Consultations in conjunction 
with other Tribal Leader events in order to minimize the financial and 
travel burden for tribal participants. The session in Oklahoma City, 
Oklahoma is being held in conjunction with the HHS 2012 Regional Tribal 
Consultation Sessions for Regions I, II, IV, VI, and VII. We will 
schedule additional consultations around the country for later in the 
year.
    The agenda for the scheduled OHS Tribal Consultations will be 
organized around the statutory purposes of Head Start Tribal 
Consultations related to meeting the needs of AI/AN 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 2011 OHS Tribal Consultations.
    Tribal leaders and designated representatives interested in 
submitting written testimony or proposing specific agenda topics for 
the Oklahoma City Consultation Session should contact Camille Loya at 
Camille.Loya@acf.hhs.gov. Proposals must be submitted at least three 
days in advance of the session and should include a brief description 
of the topic area, along with the name and contact information of the 
suggested presenter.
    The Consultation Session 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 the 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 each report without attribution, along with topics of 
concern and recommendations. Hotel and logistical information for the 
Consultation Session has been sent to tribal leaders via email and 
posted on the Head Start Resource Center Web site at http://www.headstartresourcecenter.org.

    Dated: March 21, 2012.
Yvette Sanchez Fuentes,
Director, Office of Head Start.
[FR Doc. 2012-7556 Filed 3-28-12; 8:45 am]
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