and Acting Assistant Sec. Aurene Martin to Attend Opening
of New Baca/Dlo'ay azhi Community School in Prewitt, N.M.
Secretary Gale Norton and Acting Assistant Secretary - Indian
Affairs Aurene M. Martin will join students, parents, and
tribal officials on August 28, 2003, to celebrate the opening
of Baca/Dlo'ay azhi Community School, a new Bureau of Indian
Affairs (BIA)-operated day school located in Prewitt, N.M.
azhi Community School is a K-6 school that will serve approximately
390 day students from the Prewitt and Thoreau communities
on the Navajo Nation reservation. The school replaces two
existing facilities, Baca Day and Thoreau Boarding Schools,
which are on the list of aging BIA schools slated for replacement.
BIA school system is comprised of 185 elementary and secondary
day and boarding schools located on or near 63 reservations
in 23 states. In School Year 2001-2002, BIA-funded schools
served approximately 48,000 students.