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Registration for Tribal Consultation Sessions

The Office of Head Start (OHS) has scheduled three Tribal Consultation sessions — two virtual and one in person. These one-day sessions are held by leaders from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and OHS leadership as well as the leadership of tribal governments operating Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Discussions center around how to better meet the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) 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.

The Tribal Consultations are held as part of HHS Tribal Consultation sessions.

Dates and Times

Please register for one of the sessions.

  • Monday, Aug. 15, 2022: 1–5 p.m. PT (Northwest Indian Head Start Coalition Conference at the Northern Quest Casino and Hotel in Airway Heights, Washington)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022: 2–5 p.m. ET (Virtual)

How to Register

Register here. As part of the process, select the Tribal Consultation session you want to attend.

For more information, contact Todd Lertjuntharangool, regional program manager, Region XI/AIAN, OHS, at Todd.Lertjuntharangool@acf.hhs.gov or 202-205-9503.

Additional Information

The agenda for the scheduled OHS Tribal Consultations reflects the statutory purposes of Head Start tribal consultations related to meeting the needs of AIAN children and families. OHS will also highlight the progress made in addressing issues and concerns raised in the previous OHS Tribal Consultations.

The consultation sessions include elected or appointed leaders of tribal governments and their designated representatives. Designees must have a letter from the tribal government authorizing them to represent the tribe. Tribal governments must submit the designee letter at least three days before the consultation sessions to Todd Lertjuntharangool at Todd.Lertjuntharangool@acf.hhs.gov. Other representatives of tribal organizations and Native nonprofit organizations are welcome to attend as observers.

Within 45 days of the consultation sessions, a detailed report of each consultation session will be available for all tribal governments receiving funds for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Tribes can submit written testimony for the report to Todd Lertjuntharangool at Todd.Lertjuntharangool@acf.hhs.gov prior to each consultation session or within 30 days of each meeting. OHS will summarize oral testimony and comments from the consultation sessions in each report without attribution, along with topics of concern and recommendations.