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Ensuring No American Indian and Alaska Native Child Is Left Behind

The mission of the Office of Indian Education is to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives so that these students can achieve to the same challenging state standards as all students.

The No Child Left Behind Act amends the Indian education programs as Title VII, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This landmark in education reform embodies four key principles: stronger accountability for results; greater flexibility in the use of federal funds; more choices for parents of children from disadvantaged backgrounds; and an emphasis on research-based instruction that works.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATION NOW OPEN
    The Office of Indian Education Professional Development Program competition opened on May 17, 2016 and closes on July 1, 2016. The purposes of the Indian Education Professional Development Grants program are to (1) increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve Indians; (2) provide training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers, administrators, teacher aides, social workers, and ancillary educational personnel; and (3) improve the skills of qualified Indian individuals who serve in the education field. The notice was published in the Federal Register at this link: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-17/pdf/2016-11606.pdf. Interested applicants will need to use the grants.gov website to apply at http://www.grants.gov. The Grants.Gov Opportunity Number is: ED-GRANTS-051716-001. For more information you may click here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indianprofdev/applicant.html.
    May 17, 2016

  • 2016 INDIAN EDUCATION FORMULA GRANT EASIE PART II NOW OPEN.
    The Office of Indian Education Indian Formula Grant EASIE Part II application opened on April 11 and closes on May 13, 2016. Formula grant applicants that successfully completed and certified EASIE Part I are eligible to move onto EASIE Part II. In EASIE Part II applicants will be able to enter their project design information, budget allocations and annual performance reporting data in the system. To assist applicants, OIE has arranged a series of EASIE Part II webinars for applicants to participate in and learn how to navigate the EASIE system. For more information and registration links for upcoming webinars you may click here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indianformula/applicant.html.
    April 12, 2016

  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICE OF INDIAN EDUCATION (OIE) & WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE EDUCATION (WHIAINE) ANNOUNCE the 2016 TRIBAL CONSULTATIONS
    The Office of Indian Education and the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education announce upcoming tribal consultation sessions for 2016. The consultation session will be an opportunity for tribal leaders to learn about the new Every Student Succeeds Act and the new provisions for Indian education. Tribal leaders will have an opportunity to provide input on these new provisions before the law's implementation in 2017. The upcoming tribal consultation session schedule is below. The registration site also has the summary documents to be used at each session. To register for any of the tribal consultation sessions you will need to register individually for the one(s) you are interested in attending. The link is here: http://www.edtribalconsultations.org.


      Date: April 15, 2016
      Venue: Sisseton Wahpeton College
      Address: 12572 BIA Hwy 700, Sisseton, SD 57262

      Date: April 24, 2016
      Venue: Buena Vista Palace and Resort
      Event: (Self Governance Conference)
      Address:1900 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

      Date: May 12, 2016
      Venue: Wilson Learning Center
      Address: 1127 S. Columbia Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74104

      Date: June 26, 2016
      Venue: Spokane Convention Center (Pending)
      Event: (NCAI Mid Year Conference & Marketplace)
      Address: 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201

    (April 8, 2016)

  • WEBINAR SERIES - FY 2016 NATIVE YOUTH COMMUNITY PROJECTS PROGRAM WILL BE HOSTING WEBINAR SESSIONS
    You are invited to participate in a Webinar Series sponsored and presented by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education, and coordinated by The Millennium Group International (TMG) Technical Assistance Team.

    These five webinar presentations are designed to support you through the Native Youth Community Project (NYCP) 2016 application process. They are designed to present an overview of the NYCP grant competition and effective, practical, and realistic strategies on the grant application process.

    The 90 minute webinars will focus on understanding the NYCP application and will be presented on the dates listed below. The webinars aim to build knowledge of applying for federal grants, highlight federal grant resources, address applicant concerns, and increase participants’ ability to submit a substantive grant application.

    Registration for all webinars is now open and will remain open until 1:00 PM EST on the day of the webinar. When you have completed your registration online, you will be emailed a registration confirmation. To see the upcoming webinar schedule and to register, please visit our Indian Demonstration Applicant page located here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indiandemo/applicant.html.
    (March 22, 2016)

  • OIE ANNOUNCES 2016 NATIVE YOUTH COMMUNITY PROJECTS COMPETITION
    The Office of Indian Education announces on Monday, February 29, 2016 the availability of the 2016 Native Youth Community Projects application. The announcement published today, February 29, 2016 and will close May 31, 2016. The 2016 competition is the second year under the Native Youth Community Projects priority under the demonstration program. In 2015 twelve applications were funded for a period up to four years. For 2016, however, there will be additional funding for additional projects to be funded, expanding even further, the college and career ready capability of local tribal communities.

    The Notice Inviting Application was published in the Federal Register on February 29, 2016 and is available at this link: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-29/pdf/2016-04260.pdf. The www.Grants.Gov Opportunity Number is: ED-GRANTS-022916-002. For more information you may check the Demonstration Grant program page here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indiandemo/applicant.html. A new press release was issued on Monday, Feb 29 regarding the Native Youth Community Projects competition for 2016. You may find the press release at this link: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/historic-investment-174-million-grants-available-help-native-youth
    . (March 22, 2016)

  • INVITATION TO STAKEHOLDER CALL ON NATIVE YOUTH COMMUNITY PROJECTS GRANTS
    The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education and the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education invites you to a stakeholder call Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 at 5:00PM ET to discuss a second round of applicant submissions for our Native Youth Community Projects Grants.

    The NYCP is centered on the goal of ensuring that Indian students are prepared for college and careers by promoting partnerships in American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities. Each grant will support a coordinated, focused approach chosen by a community partnership that includes a tribe, local schools, and other organizations. The program allows tribes to identify culturally-appropriate, community-specific supports for college and career readiness. There will also be a second stakeholder call Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 12:00PM ET for those who are unable to make the 5:00PM ET March 1st.

    Leader: Joyce Silverthorne, Director of the Office of Indian Education
    Discussion: Stakeholder Call on the Second Round of Applications for Native Youth Community Project grants.
    Time: Tuesday, March 1st 5:00 PM ET & Wednesday, March 2nd 12:00PM ET
    Phone: Conference Line: 877-951-6686; Participant Code: 5828011
    (February 29, 2016)

  • TRIBAL CONSULTATION ON NATIVE AMERICAN AND ALASKA NATIVE CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS PROGRAM HELD JANUARY 12, 2016
    The US Department of Education in coordination with the Office of Indian Education and the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities held a tribal consultation webinar session on January 12. The purpose of the consultation session was to make the public aware of an upcoming funding opportunity and to answer any questions participants may have on the program. The funding competition for 2016 is expected to be announced this Winter. For access to the transcript from this webinar please click on the following link:

    January 12, 2016 - Native American and Alaska Native Program Tribal Consultation Session
    [download file] PDF (132K).
    (January 21, 2016)

  • TRIBAL CONSULTATION ON TEACHER QUALITY PROGRAM HELD JANUARY 19, 2016
    The US Department of Education in coordination with the Office of Indian Education and the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities held a tribal consultation webinar session on January 19. The purpose of the consultation session was to make the public aware of an upcoming funding opportunity and to answer any questions participants may have on the program. The funding competition for 2016 is expected to be announced this Winter. For access to the transcript from this webinar please click on the following link:

    January 19, 2016 - Teacher Quality Program Tribal Consultation Session
    [download file] PDF (132K).
    (January 21, 2016)

  • 2016 INDIAN FORMULA GRANT EASIE APPLICATION OPENS JANUARY 25, 2016
    The Office of Indian Education has announced the application open period for the 2016 Indian Formula Grant program. The open date for EASIE Part I is January 25, 2016 and the closing date is February 26, 2016. EASIE Part II opens April 11 and closes May 13, 2016. Applicants must complete both parts to be considered for funding. The Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies (Formula Grants) program provides grants to support local educational agencies (LEAs) and other eligible entities described in this notice in reforming and improving elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. The Department funds comprehensive programs that are designed to help Indian students meet the same State academic content and student academic achievement standards used for all students while addressing the language and cultural needs of Indian students. Such programs include supporting the professional development of teachers of Indian students. The Notice Inviting Application was published in the Federal Register on December 21, 2015 and is available at think link: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-21/pdf/2015-32012.pdf. For more information you may check the Indian Formula Grant program page here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indianformula/index.html.
    (January 5, 2016)

  • NEW TRIBAL CONSULTATION POLICY RELEASED
    Advancing Tribal Consultation Policy on Indian Education. The Department of Education has developed a new tribal consultation policy pursuant to the Administration’s consultation policy and in recognition of the federal government’s trust responsibility. The Department will further strengthen its relationship with Indian tribes by implementing a process that ensures meaningful consultation and collaboration with Indian tribes when developing ED policies and actions that have tribal implications. A copy of the policy is available here: Tribal Consultation Policy.
    (November 5, 2015)

  • STATE TRIBAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS ANNOUNCED
    The Department of Education recently announced grant awards for the State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program. Five awards were made to American Indian tribes for the creation of State, tribal education departments and local educational partnerships. The 2015 awards are the second competition since the first round was funded on 2012. The purposes of this program are to: (1) Promote increased collaboration between tribal education agencies (TEAs) and the State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) that serve students from the affected tribes; and (2) build the capacity of TEAs to conduct certain administrative functions under certain Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) formula grant programs for eligible schools, as determined by the TEA, SEA, and LEA. The following tribes will receive STEP funding for up to three years:

      The Chickasaw Nation, Okla. ($500,000)
      Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho ($330,000)
      Coeur D’Alene Tribe, Idaho ($330,000)
      The Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Okla. ($318,463)
      Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Mont. ($287,769)

    The Department released a press statement on these new awards at this link: Press Release.
    (November 5, 2015)

  • 2015 NATIVE YOUTH COMMUNITY PROJECTS ANNOUNCED
    The Department of Education and the Office of Indian Education are proud to announce the Native Youth Community Project (NYCP) grant awards for 2015. The announcements are being made today, Thursday, September 24, here in Washington, DC. The twelve awards are being made under a new Demonstration grant priority focusing on American Indian and Alaska Native youth, Indian tribes and community partners. The goal of the new priority is to allow tribal communities to focus their efforts based on local educational needs and work with area partners, including Indian tribes, to get tribal youth college and career ready. The Department has released a press announcement that can be found here: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases. To see the abstracts for the twelve grantees, please click on following link: 2015 DEMONSTRATION AWARDS.
    (September 24, 2015)

  • NOTICE FOR NATIVE YOUTH COMMUNITY PROJECT APPLICANTS
    The Office of Indian Education is announcing recent notices on two issues related to the NYCP competition grant application process. Please see the Indian Demonstration Applicant page for these updates. You may access the Indian Demonstration Applicant page here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indiandemo/applicant.html.
    (June 16, 2015)

  • WEBINAR SERIES - FY 2015 STATE TRIBAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM AND NATIVE YOUTH COMMUNITY PROJECTS PROGRAM WILL BE HOSTING WEBINAR SESSIONS
    The Office of Indian Education has been hosting a series of online webinar sessions for both of the programs currently with competitions. The webinar series has concluded but you can still access archives of the sessions.

      April 30, 2015 - State Tribal Education Partnerships (STEP) Pre-Application Webinar Session
      May 12, 2015 - State Tribal Education Partnerships (STEP) Preliminary Agreement Webinar Session; and
      May 14, 2015 - Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) Pre-Application Webinar Session;
      May 19, 2015 - Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) Developing Community Partnerships Webinar Session;
      May 21, 2015 - Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) Needs Assessment and Data Analysis
      May 27, 2015 - Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) Going From A Needs Assessment to a Strategy
      May 28, 2015 - Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) Program Development, Goals, Measurable Objectives, and Services
      June 3, 2015 - NYCP/STEP, Evaluation 101: An Introduction to Evaluating Grant Projects
      June 9, 2015 - NYCP/STEP: Tips for Grant Writing and Evaluation
      All webinar sessions were recorded and are available at this link: http://oie.manhattanstrategy.com/

    (June 16, 2015)

  • FINAL REGULATIONS ON OFFICE OF INDIAN EDUCATION DISCRETIONARY PROGRAMS PUBLISHED ON APRIL 22, 2015
    The Secretary amends the regulations that govern the Professional Development program and the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children program (Demonstration Grants program), authorized under title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). The regulations govern the grant application process for new awards for each program for the next fiscal year in which competitions are conducted for that program and subsequent years. For the Professional Development program, the regulations enhance the project design and quality of services to meet the objectives of the program; establish post-award requirements; and govern the payback process for grants in existence on the date these regulations become effective. For the Demonstration Grants program, the regulations add new priorities, including a priority for native youth community projects (NYCPs), and new application requirements. These regulations are effective May 22, 2015. The Federal Register Notice announcing these new regulations may be found here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-22/pdf/2015-09396.pdf.
    (April 22, 2015)

  • DRAFT CONSULTATION AND COORDINATION WITH AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS RELEASED
    On April 13, 2015, the Department of Education released a draft Consultation and Coordination With American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Governments document for public review. The document establishes a formal policy for how the Secretary of Education consults with American Indian and Alaska Native nations on education matters. The documents acknowledges the government-to-government relationship with Indian tribes by implementing a process that ensures consultation and collaboration when developing ED policies and actions that have tribal implications, pursuant to E.O. 13175, Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments. The public is encouraged to submit comments on the draft policy document and will have 90 days to do so. Please submit comments by July 13, 2015 to: Tribalconsultation@ed.gov. The draft policy document is available and may be downloaded here: Consultation and Coordination With American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Governments.

  • (April 15, 2014)

  • GRANTS MANAGEMENT TRAINING RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE TO GRANTEES
    The Department of Education recently updated its training resources for recipients of federal education grants. The Office of Indian Education encourages all grantees to become familiar with guidance on administering various aspects of their federal grant. These training modules are free and will give the grantee a wealth of information for topics such as discretionary and formula grant administration, internal controls, cash management, indirect costs and travel. You may access this page at the following link:


    (April 15, 2015)

  • 2015 TRIBAL CONSULTATION SESSIONS
    The Department of Education Office of Indian Education (OIE)and the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE)have scheduled upcoming tribal consultation sessions for April 2015. In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education's commitment to engage in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with Indian tribes and Indian education stakeholders, the Department plans to conduct a series of consultations in 2015. Tribal consultations work to honor the government-to-government relationship between tribes and the Department of Education by providing tribal leaders and participants an opportunity to engage in dialogue with senior officials from the Department of Education about the critical issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native students. Information gathered from these sessions informs Federal education programs and policies that aim to improve outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native students.

    • Preliminary topics for Consultation include:
    • ED's efforts to implement the President's Generation Indigenous Initiative;
    • Civil Rights in Tribally Controlled Schools
    • Native Student Environment Initiative update
    • ED's revised tribal consultation policy
    • Native Language Memorandum of Agreement update
    • 2015 Grant Competitions

    Tribal Consultation Sessions Save-the-Date for the following:

    • April 13, 2015 Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, ND
    • April 22, 2015 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
    • April 26, 2015 Tribal Self-Governance Conference, Reno, NV
    • June 28, 2015 NCAI Mid-Year Meeting, St. Paul, MN

    Registration and more information, please go to: www.edtribalconsultations.org
    (March 25, 2015)

  • OBAMA ANNOUNCES NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH EFFORT, ISSUES REPORT
    On Dec. 3, 2014, the White House hosted the White House Tribal Nations Conference, in which leaders from the 566 federally recognized Native nations engaged with the president, cabinet officials, and the White House Council on Native American Affairs on key issues facing tribes including, respecting tribal sovereignty and upholding treaty and trust responsibilities, lack of access to capital and credit, and protecting Native women and youth.

    Nearly half of Native American people (42 percent) are under the age of 24; more than one-third of Native children live in poverty; and Native youth have the lowest high school graduation rate of students across all schools. As part of the conference, the White House will release a new Native Youth Report that explores the challenges facing Native youth and makes recommendations for a path forward.

    For the first time in these conferences, the voice of Native youth was represented by 36 White House Youth Ambassadors, who joined tribal leaders in the breakout sessions and panels, and participating in leadership development programming.

    President Obama announced the launch of Generation Indigenous (Gen I), a Native youth initiative focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed. This initiative will take a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to help improve the lives and opportunities for Native youth and will include:

    • New Native Youth Community Projects, administered by ED through the existing Demonstration Grants Program to provide funding in a select number of Native communities to support culturally relevant coordinated strategies designed to improve the college- and career-readiness of Native children and youth.
    • New National Tribal Youth Network program in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth. The Youth Network will support leadership development, provide peer support through an interactive online portal that links resources and tools, and empowers youth to become leaders within their communities. The White House, in cooperation with the Aspen Institute, will also host a high-level convening on challenges facing Native youth in February 2015.
    • The release of the White House Native Youth Report that acknowledges past failures of federal policy on the education of Native students, explores the breadth of the challenges facing Native children, and makes recommendations for a path forward.
    • The launch of the Cabinet Native Youth Listening Tour, which will begin next year as part of the President’s call to hear directly from Native youth on how to bolster federal policies to improve youth outcomes. In addition, the Administration will expand federal outreach on youth internships and employment opportunities across the federal agencies.
    • The first White House Tribal Youth Gathering to engage hundreds of Native youth in a day-long convening in the summer of 2015. This gathering builds on the November 2014 Native Youth Conference hosted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the tribal youth visit with President Obama.

    In addition to these efforts, the Department of the Interior is making progress to transform the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). Since Secretary Jewell's Secretarial Order directing Indian Affairs to restructure the BIE to serve as a support network to schools rather than a direct education provider, DOI, along with ED has made steady progress towards implementing the administration’s vision of high-achieving tribally controlled schools.

  • Tribal Consultation Listening Sessions on Native Youth Initiative Scheduled
    A series of tribal consultation listening sessions have been scheduled by the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE) in conjunction with the Office of Indian Education. The purpose of the consultations are to discuss with tribal leaders the proposed changes to the Office of Indian Education discretionary program priorities in 2015 in order to implement a new Native Youth Initiative. In addition to tribal consultation sessions, several webinar broadcasts will be held to gather input from Indian Country on the proposed changes. To learn more about the consultation sessions please log onto the following site: www.edtribalconsultations.org and be sure to register for these upcoming events. All interested tribal leaders and the Indian public are encouraged to listen in to the webinars to learn more about proposed changes to OIE discretionary program priorities in 2015. Input gathered from these sessions will guide the development of this new priority for OIE discretionary programs.

    Also available on the ED Tribal Consultation website is a tribal leader letter announcing the consultation sessions located here: Letter-ConsultationonNativeYouthInitiative.pdf. The PowerPoint developed for the webinar sessions is located here: Native Youth Consultation PowerPoint.
    (October 22, 2014)

  • Tribal Consultation Transcripts Available - UPDATED 04/08/14
    Update includes the latest set of transcripts for the September 12, 2013 Tribal Leader Consultation Session, held in Scottsdale, AZ. On December 2, 2011, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13592, which established the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (Initiative). The President's Initiative committed the Federal Government to working closely with tribal governments to close the achievement gap between Indian students and non-Indian students, decrease the alarmingly high dropout rates of all American Indian and Alaska Native students, and help preserve and revitalize Native languages.

    The Secretaries of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) serve as co-chairs of the Initiative. The Departments of the Interior and Education must collaborate with those who know their students and communities the best and will be hosting four Tribal Leader Consultation meetings to consult on the following objectives: (1) the development and content of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of the Interior and the Department of Education and (2) the strategic implementation of the Initiative.

    The Department of Education recently conducted tribal consultation meetings in various locations around the country. You may download these transcripts in Word or PDF format below. These include:

    April 18, 2014 - Missoula, MT, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (460K)

    April 15, 2014 - Oklahoma City, OK, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (563K)

    February 5, 2014 - Washington, DC, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (664K)

    January 29, 2014, Washington, DC - STEP Webinar PowerPoint
    [download file] PDF (1365K)

    January 29, 2014, Washington, DC - STEP Webinar Transcript
    [download file] PDF (208K)

    January 28, 2014, Washington, DC - Professional Development Webinar PowerPoint
    [download file] PDF (1,567K)

    January 28, 2014 - Washington, DC, Professional Development Webinar Transcript
    [download file] PDF (116K)

    September 12, 2013 - Scottsdale, AZ, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (627K)

    August 15, 2013 - Smith River, CA, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (627K)

    May 13, 2013 - Niagara Falls, NY, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (501K)

    September 17, 2012 - Anchorage, AK, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (531K)

    August 30, 2012 - Pala, CA, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (336K)

    May 30, 2012 - Seattle, WA, Urban Native Educational Learning Session
    [download file] PDF (605K) | [download file] MS Word (332K)


    May 24, 2012 - Flagstaff, AZ, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (432K) | [download file] MS Word (251K)


    June 8, 2012 - Chicago, IL, Urban Native Educational Learning Session
    [download file] PDF (384K) | [download file] MS Word (243K)

    Previous tribal consultation material for 2010 and 2011 may be found here:
    2012 and 2011 Tribal Consultation documents
    (April 8, 2014)

  • Tribal Consultation Transcripts Available - UPDATED 11/12/2013
    Update includes the latest set of transcripts for the September 12, 2013 Tribal Leader Consultation Session, held in Scottsdale, AZ. On December 2, 2011, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13592, which established the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (Initiative). The President's Initiative committed the Federal Government to working closely with tribal governments to close the achievement gap between Indian students and non-Indian students, decrease the alarmingly high dropout rates of all American Indian and Alaska Native students, and help preserve and revitalize Native languages.

    The Secretaries of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) serve as co-chairs of the Initiative. The Departments of the Interior and Education must collaborate with those who know their students and communities the best and will be hosting four Tribal Leader Consultation meetings to consult on the following objectives: (1) the development and content of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of the Interior and the Department of Education and (2) the strategic implementation of the Initiative.

    The Department of Education recently conducted tribal consultation meetings in various locations around the country. You may download these transcripts in Word or PDF format below. These include:

    February 5, 2014 - Washington, DC, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (664K)

    January 29, 2014, Washington, DC - STEP Webinar PowerPoint
    [download file] PDF (1365K)

    January 29, 2014, Washington, DC - STEP Webinar Transcript
    [download file] PDF (208K)

    January 28, 2014, Washington, DC - Professional Development Webinar PowerPoint
    [download file] PDF (1,567K)

    January 28, 2014 - Washington, DC, Professional Development Webinar Transcript
    [download file] PDF (116K)

    September 12, 2013 - Scottsdale, AZ, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (627K)

    August 15, 2013 - Smith River, CA, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (627K)

    May 13, 2013 - Niagara Falls, NY, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (501K)

    September 17, 2012 - Anchorage, AK, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (531K)

    August 30, 2012 - Pala, CA, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (336K)

    May 30, 2012 - Seattle, WA, Urban Native Educational Learning Session
    [download file] PDF (605K) | [download file] MS Word (332K)


    May 24, 2012 - Flagstaff, AZ, Tribal Leader Consultation Meeting
    [download file] PDF (432K) | [download file] MS Word (251K)


    June 8, 2012 - Chicago, IL, Urban Native Educational Learning Session
    [download file] PDF (384K) | [download file] MS Word (243K)

    Previous tribal consultation material for 2010 and 2011 may be found here:
    2012 and 2011 Tribal Consultation documents
    (September 5, 2013)

  • UPDATE: Transcripts for NACIE's meeting are now available at the following link: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oie/nacie.html

  • Executive Order on American and Alaska Native Education Signed by President Obama
    On December 2, 2011 President Obama signed a new Executive Order on Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities. The order provide for an Interagncy Working Group to facilitate the order and increase educational opportunities for tribal colleges and universities. The Order also calls for increasing outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native outcomes including native language and culture. The link to the order may be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/26/executive-order-establishing-white-house-council-native-american-affairs
    (December 2, 2011)

  • Update on OIE Contacts
    OIE's work in processing all applications and awards is performed by teams instead of specific state assignments of grantees to program specialists. For more information and a listing of teams, see Contacts for OIE.
    (April 6, 2016)

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