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124D.80 Committees on American Indian education programs.

Subdivision 1. Establishment. The commissioner of children, families, and learning shall create an 18-member American Indian education committee. The commissioner must appoint members with the assistance of the Indian affairs council as provided under section 3.922, subdivision 6, and the higher education services office. Members must include representatives of tribal bodies, community groups, parents of children eligible to be served by the programs, American Indian administrators and teachers, persons experienced in the training of teachers for American Indian education programs, persons involved in programs for American Indian children in American Indian schools, and persons knowledgeable in the field of American Indian education. Members shall be appointed so as to be representative of significant segments of the population of American Indians, with membership consisting of representatives from the 11 reservations and the Minnesota Chippewa tribe, the chair of the Minnesota Indian affairs council, urban advisory council, and five urban at-large representatives, two of which reside in the metropolitan area, one of which resides in the Duluth area, one of which resides in the Bemidji area, and one of which resides in the southern region of the state.

Subd. 2. Committee to advise commissioner. The committee on American Indian education programs shall advise the commissioner in the administration of the commissioner's duties under sections 124D.71 to 124D.82 and other programs for the education of American Indian people, as determined by the commissioner. The committee shall also provide advice to the commissioner in awarding scholarships to eligible American Indian students and in administering the commissioner's duties regarding awarding of American Indian post-secondary preparation grants to school districts. The committee may work in multiple subcommittees focused on general Indian education issues and scholarship-related issues.

Subd. 3. Expenses; expiration. The committee must be reimbursed for expenses according to section 15.059, subdivision 6. The commissioner must determine the membership terms and the duration of the committee, which shall expire no later than June 30, 2003.

HIST: 1979 c 219 s 2; 1983 c 260 s 27; 1988 c 718 art 3 s 15; 1996 c 412 art 3 s 32; 1997 c 192 s 21; 1998 c 397 art 2 s 154,155,164; art 11 s 3; 1998 c 398 art 5 s 55; 1Sp2001 c 13 s 9-11