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Gov. Bullock visits Native American Education Conference in Great Falls

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GREAT FALLS -

Governor Steve Bullock stopped by the Montana Native American Education Conference in Great Falls on Friday to talk about the importance of our state's Native American historical culture and it's future in education.

More then 200 students from urban and rural schools and reservations across the state attended the conference; the two day event's theme this year was "Culture Undivided".

The student led conference aimed to unite American Indian students from all high schools and tribes in Montana to form solutions to problems Native Youth face both in education and in their communities.

Governor Bullock talked about the importance of graduating from high school and continuing on to college while stressing the future of Montana tribal education and economic success will start with them.

"Sometimes it's easier to say here are the reasons I can't succeed then here's how i can get there and here's what's at the end of that, and that's where the end, we always have to continue to work on economic development opportunities, so they can see that there's reason to get this degree," said Gov. Bullock. 

The governor also made an appearance at the Montana Indian Education Association Conference, this year's conference theme was "General Voices:Sharing Our Stories". Tribal elders, educators and community members discussed the future of preserving Native American culture and heritage in education by taking active roles in student success. 

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