Bill Mendoza – Native News Online Photo by Levi Rickert
Published August 19, 2016
WINDOW ROCK – On Friday, August 19 beginning at 11 AM, the Navajo Nation Department of Dine Education and the Navajo Nation Board of Education will meet with Mr. William (Bill) Mendoza, Executive Director for the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education for the U.S. Department of Education. The meeting will take place in the Sunrise Conference Room of the Navajo Education Center.
In 2011, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13592, which established the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education to improved American Indian and Alaska Native education opportunities and strengthening tribal colleges and universities.
Upon the signing of EO 13592, Mendoza was appointed as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education in December 2011. This is a Presidential appointment by U.S. President Obama.
Mendoza is a member of the Oglala-Sicangu Lakota and grew-up on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Sioux reservations, South Dakota. Mr. Mendoza’s professional profile includes being a teacher and principal. As a student, he attended Haskell Indian Nations University, Sinte Gleska University, and Oglala Lakota College. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Fort Lewis College in 2005 and a Master of Education from Montana State University (MSU) in 2010. In 2011, he was working towards a Doctorate in Education Leadership at (MSU).
His professional experience includes serving as the Deputy Director and Executive Director for the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges.
Mendoza provided leadership to administration initiatives that include:
· Executive Order 13592, Tribal Leaders Speak – The State of Indian Education 2010 Report;
· State-Tribal Education Partnership Pilot; and
· 2012 ED-DOI Memorandum of Understanding.