Arizona gets new director of Indian education

| July 22, 2015

By Alison Dorf • Tucson News Now

The Arizona Department of Education has a new director of Indian Education.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas announced Nadine Groenig as the new director in a press release on Thursday.

“I am excited to work with Nadine to ensure that Arizona’s Native American students receive an excellent education that embraces their unique needs,” Douglas said in the release. “She has years of experience working with tribal communities and has been a longtime advocate for advancing Native American educational opportunities.”

As director of Indian Education, Groenig will collaborate with Douglas’ Native American Education Action Committee to address issues affecting Native students.

She will also help integrate Native culture and history in Arizona schools.

“My vision for Arizona’s Native American students is that they be well-educated, healthy, confident individuals with a strong sense of cultural identity, self-worth and the belief that their goals and dreams are attainable,” Groenig said in the release.

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