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Tribal Advisory Committee

Tribal Advisory Committee

House Bill (HB) 2055 (passed in 2021) establishes a Tribal Early Learning Hub that will deliver early learning services to the tribal communities of Oregon. The Early Learning Division is seeking nominees for the Tribal Advisory Committee.

The Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) responds to the needs of American Indian/Alaskan Native children and their families. TAC efforts will also connect with Raise Up Oregon goals:

  • Children arrive ready for kindergarten.
  • Children are raised in healthy, stable, and attached families.
  • Families have access to high-quality (culturally responsive, inclusive, developmentally appropriate) early care and education opportunities.

COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES:

  • 18 members of the nine (9) federally recognized tribal nations of this state,
  • Four American Indian/Alaskan Native family representatives,
  • One member of the Early Learning Council, and
  • One member of the Legislative Commission on Indian Services.

For more information, download the House Bill (HB) 2055 fact sheet.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Valeria Atanacio by phone 971-375-5049, or by email Valeria.Atanacio@ode.oregon.gov.

Committee Members

Valerie Switzler, Chair, Warm Springs Tribes Rep.

Valeria Atanacio, ELD Rep., Tribal Affairs Manager

Patrick Flanagan, Legislative Commission On Indian Services Rep.

Angela Blackwell, Early Learning Council Rep.

Ali Holsclaw, Grand Ronde Tribe Rep.

Ally Van Norman, Cow Creek Tribe Rep.

Alyssa Severson, Coquille Tribe Rep.

Alissa Lane-Keene, Siletz Tribe Rep.

Danni Katchia, Ai/An Tribal Family Rep.

Deanie Smith, Warm Springs Tribe Rep.

Deann Brown, Siletz Tribe Rep.

Diane Teeman, Burns-Paiute Tribe Rep.

Jennifer Jackson, Klamath Tribe Rep.

Josh Davies, Coos, Lower Umpqua Siuslaw Tribe Rep.

Julie Siestreem, Coos, Lower Umpqua Siuslaw Tribe Rep.

Kristina Simpson, Coquille Tribe Rep.

Lloyd Commander, Umatilla Tribe Rep.

Michael Cherry, Grand Ronde Tribe Rep.

Modesta Minthorn, Umatilla Tribe Rep.

Sandy Henry, Cow Creek Tribe Rep.

Vanessa Bahe, Burns-Paiute Tribe Rep.

There are 3 Open Tribal Family Rep. Positions

There is 1 Open Klamath Tribes Rep. Position

Early Learning Division Staff

Lorraine Brave
, Tribal Advisory Committee Facilitator

Valeria Atanacio, Tribal Affairs Manager

Alyssa Chatterjee, Early Learning System Director

Dr. Nasreen Khan, Chief of Staff

Cassandra Ferder, Statewide Parent Engagement

Karina Guzman-Ortiz, Partner Engagement Specialist

Remy Watts, Early Learning Council Administrator

TAC Meeting  Agenda | January 12, 2022 | 3 to 5 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN MEETING STREAM  |  DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE AGENDA HERE

Due to COVID-19, this will be a virtual meeting. Access the live stream here. Please allow up to five minutes past meeting start time for streaming to begin. Only written testimony will be accepted. Please submit written comment formatted as a Word or PDF document to Valeria.Atanacio@ode.oregon.gov by Tuesday, January 11, at 12 p.m.

Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) Welcome & Roll Call

Valerie Switzler, Chair | Warm Springs Tribe Representative

Public Testimony

Valeria Atanacio, Tribal Affairs Manager | ELD

Review Group Agreements

Lorraine Brave, Tribal Advisory Committee Facilitator | Early Learning Division (ELD)

Intergovernmental Coordination (Tribal-State Collaboration)

Valerie Switzler, Chair | Warm Springs Tribe Representative
Sandy Henry, Vice-Chair | Cow Creek Tribe Representative

Department of Early Learning and Care Updates

Alyssa Chatterjee, Early Learning System Director | ELD
Dr. Nasreen Khan, Chief of Staff and Interim Director, Office of Child Care | ELD
Supporting Document: PowerPoint slides to be distributed.

HB 2055 Legislative Concept Update

Valeria Atanacio, Tribal Affairs Manager | ELD
Supporting Document: PowerPoint to be distributed.

ELD-TAC Questionnaire Responses and Share

Valeria Atanacio, Tribal Affairs Manager | ELD

TAC Committee Charter

Lorraine Brave and TAC Members

Closing and Adjournment

Lorraine Brave, Tribal Advisory Committee Facilitator | ELD
Valerie Switzler, Chair | Warm Springs Tribes Representative

ELD STAFF PRESENT

Lorraine Brave, Tribal Advisory Committee Facilitator
Valeria Atanacio, Tribal Affairs Manager
Alyssa Chatterjee, Early Learning System Director
Dr. Nasreen Khan, Chief of Staff
Melinda Avila, Equity Strategy Director
Cassandra Ferder, Parent Engagement Coordinator
Karina Guzman-Ortiz, Partner Engagement
Remy Watts, Rule Coordinator

UPCOMING MEETINGS

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE SCHEDULE HERE

FEBRUARY 9, 2022 | 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tribal Early Learning Hub: Rules Drafting

FEBRUARY 16, 2022 (TENTATIVE MAKE-UP) | 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tribal Early Learning Hub: Rules Drafting WRAP-UP

MARCH 9, 2022 | 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tribal Early Learning Hub: Implementation Guide and Communications Plan

APRIL 13, 2022 | 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tribal Early Learning Hub: Implementation Guide and Communications Plan

MAY 11, 2022 | 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tribal Early Learning Hub: Implementation Guide and Communications Plan

JUNE 8, 2022 | 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tribal Early Learning Hub: Implementation Guide and Communications Plan

*Items may be taken out of order, meetings may conclude early and breaks may be added as needed. All meetings of the Tribal Advisory Committee are open to the public and will conform to Oregon public meetings laws. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for accommodations for people with disabilities should be made to Valeria Atanacio.

Valeria Atanacio

Tribal Affairs Manager
O: 971-375-5049