Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education (OACIE)

Welcome to the OACIE 

The Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education (OACIE) was created by House Bill 2823 which became effective on July 1, 2010, and will continue until July 1, 2023. Per state statute, the Council meets quarterly per fiscal year and produces an annual report with recommendations to the Oklahoma State Board of Education.

OACIE Group Pic 2022

Key Information:

Next Meeting

Our next meeting scheduled for July 27, 2022 will be at the Oklahoma State Department of Education Board Room, Suite I-20.

2022 Regular Schedule

  • (02/16/2022) February 16
  • (04/20/2022) April 20
  • (07/27/2022) July 27
  • (10/19/2022) October 19

Meeting Protocol

Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. Central Time and are held at Oklahoma State Department of Education unless noted otherwise.

Council members are seated at the Board of Education conference table, and guests are to sit in the gallery adjacent to the table.

All guests must sign-in at the designated registration table. OACIE public documents such as handouts, agendas, copies of presentations are available here.

Access Public Notices

All OACIE meetings are public meetings and shall adhere to the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act

In the event of inclement weather, the OACIE may cancel a regular meeting and schedule a special meeting. You may find the latest meeting information with the Oklahoma Secretary of State, Public Meeting Notices

You are encouraged to review OACIE public records (Agendas, Minutes, Sign-in Sheets) found below.

Key Responsibilities of the OACIE:

Per O.S. 70 §3-173(B), the Council shall:

  1. Make recommendations to the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction in educational matters affecting the education of Native American students;
  2. Promote educational opportunities and improvement of the quality of education provided to Native American students throughout the state;
  3. Advocate for Native American students in the state; and
  4. Monitor and evaluate how the public education system of the state impacts Native American students.

Per O.S. 70 §3-173(H), the Council has the following duties:

  1. Identify strategies for developing an efficient and reliable process of communications between Oklahoma education entities, educators, tribal organizations and other interested parties;
  2. Identify and disseminate research-based, measurable criteria, both behavioral and academic, by which the success and efficacy of the education offered to Native American students in Oklahoma may be measured;
  3. Analyze data to ensure that education agencies in Oklahoma continue to address the education needs of Native American students;
  4. Encourage and promote Native American educational leadership at all levels of the education system; and
  5. Make recommendations to the State Board of Education for programs that will help achieve the purposes of the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education Act. 

Per 70 O.S. §3-173(C), the Council shall comprise of (18) appointed members designated as the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education. You may review a council member's official appointment letter, by clicking on their respective name:

Name Organization Representing
Sydna V. Yellowfish Otoe Missouria Tribal Nation
Lori Hamilton Chickasaw Nation Tribal Nation
Lisa John Chickasaw Nation Tribal Nation
VACANCY Delaware Tribe Tribal Nation
VACANCY Cherokee Nation Tribal Nation
Carrie Whitlow Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes Tribal Education Agency
VACANCY Ottawa Tribe Tribal Education Agency
Beverly Butler-Wolfe Sac and Fox Nation Tribal Education Agency
Raymond M. Hidgon Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Education Agency
Lucyann Harjo Norman Public Schools Oklahoma Council for Indian Education
Paul Pinkerton Lowrey, OK Statewide Teacher Organization
VACANCY N/A, OK Statewide Teacher Organization
Monte Randall College of the Muscogee Nation Tribal College/Universities
Adrienne Lalli-Hills First American Museum Native American Cultural and Education Authority
Cori Gray Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
Annette Long Oklahoma Higher Education Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
VACANCY Leach Public Schools Superintendent Statewide Organization for School Superintendents
Jackie White Oklahoma K-12 Education Oklahoma State Department of Education


Access Meeting Records (Agendas, Minutes, and Sign-in Sheets)

  • (02/26/2020) February 26 - Agenda | Minutes | Sign-in Sheet 
  • (11/04/2020) November 11 - Agenda
2017 (Currently Under Review)
  • October 11
  • July 12
  • April 12 
  • February 8 | Minutes
  • October 12 | Minutes
  • July 20 | Minutes
  • April 13 | Minutes
  • February 10 | Minutes


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Last updated on April 4, 2023