WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) announced today she will serve as the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Rural Education Caucus.  She also announced she will join the Native American Caucus.


The goal of the bipartisan Rural Education Caucus is to help Members of Congress, who are particularly concerned about the needs of our rural schools, more effectively organize and address the educational needs of rural students, schools, and communities.  The caucus will host briefings, push for critical legislation, and make sure the needs of rural schools are heard loud and clear.


The upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) will also provide an opportunity for the caucus to examine the hurdles rural school districts face in implementing this law.


“South Dakota only has one Representative in the House, so it is important that that person be as effective as possible.  One important way I believe I can be more effective for the needs of our state is to lead and join caucuses such as these.  The education needs we have in Watertown and Woonsocket are much different than in Washington, DC.  I intend to use my position on the Education Committee, as well as the Co-Chair of the Rural Education Caucus, to ensure our voice and our unique needs are heard,” said Noem.


The Native American Caucus also gives members the opportunity to organize around issues important to Indian Country and to educate colleagues about the unique needs facing our tribes.


“Most Congressional Districts don’t have any tribal presence; we have nine reservations in South Dakota.  Joining the Native American Caucus is a small but important step to leverage our influence and help improve the government-to-government relationship between the tribes and the federal government,” said Noem.




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