MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

January 2, 2014

Future bright for students who participate

Two local students will help shape education for Native Americans.

Bailee Allen and Tyler Hill have been elected to the youth advisory board for the White House Initiative on American Indians and Alaska Native Education. They will serve two-year terms as at-large representatives for Oklahoma.

The students were elected during a conference of the Oklahoma Council for Indian Education in Midwest City, said David Walkingstick, Muskogee Public Schools’ director of Indian Education. He said Bailee and Tyler will represent 130,000 Native American students from 39 federally recognized tribes in Oklahoma.

It’s great to see when youth actively participate in their — and others’ — futures.

Education is important to Muskogee’s future. It is important to get feedback from those who are being educated.

Bailee said she hopes to get some Indian Education officials to set up an educational training program.

Tyler said another idea is to set up a program to show students “what could happen to students if they don’t stay in school.”

These are great ideas, and we wish these two students well in their endeavors.

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