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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Dated: March 1, 2011.

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes,

Director, Office of Head Start.

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[FR Doc. 2011-5258 Filed 3-8-11; 8:45 am]

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