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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.



ANNOUNCEMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS
  • Upcoming 2014 Tribal Consultation Sessions Announced
    The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE) and the Office of Indian Education have announced two upcoming tribal consultation sessions. The consultation sessions will be held in Norman, Oklahoma on April 15 and Missoula, Montana on April 18, 2014. The sessions will continue the ongoing dialogue between tribal leaders and Education Department officials in furtherance of the President’s Executive Order 13592 on Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities. Site location specifics and registration links are below:

  • EASIE Part II Webinar Schedule Announced
    EASIE Part II of the Formula Grant Electronic Application System Webinars for 2014 have been announced. Applicants who have successfully completed EASIE Part I, which closed on February 28, 2014, are encouraged to participate in the following webinars to become acquainted with the new version of EASIE Part II. The addition of a new annual performance reporting section within the application system will now require grantees to report annual progress on program objectives. To become familiar with this and other enhancements please register and participate in one of the following webinar sessions.

    Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST (beginning at 12:00 p.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. MDT and 12:00 noon PDT). To register for this session:

    EASIE Part II Training Webinar, Thursday, April 10, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon EDT (beginning at 9:00 a.m. CDT, 8:00 a.m. MDT and 7:00 a.m. PDT). To register for this session: EASIE Part II Training Webinar, Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, EDT

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT (beginning at 12:00 p.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. MDT and 10:00 a.m. PDT). To register for this session: EASIE Part II Training Webinar, Wednesday, April 30, 1:00-3:00 p.m., EDT

    The EDFacts Partner Support Center (PSC) is available for questions between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time except for federal holidays. Note: Extended support hours up to the midnight deadline will be available only on the closing dates listed above for Part I.

      Voice: (877) 457-3336 (877-HLP-EDEN)
      Fax: (888) 329-3336 (888-FAX-EDEN)
      TTY/TDD: (888) 403-3336 (888-403-EDEN)
      E-mail: eden_oie@ed.gov
      (April 10, 2014)

  • EASIE Part II Application Opens April 14, 2014
    EASIE Part II of the Indian formula grant application opens on April 14, 2014. All applicants that successfully completed EASIE Part I, which closed on February 28, 2014, will be allowed to access EASIE Part II when it opens. For part II applicants will enter their program objectives and other program design elements including budget allocations. EASIE Part II will open with the grantee's tentative award amount for the 2014 - 2015 school year based on the Indian student count submitted in EASIE Part I. EASIE Part II closes on May 30, 2014.

    The official notice of the appication is the Notice Inviting Applications which was published in the Federal Register on January 21, 2014. The link to the Federal Register Notice may be found here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-21/pdf/2014-01072.pdf. For more information including upcoming webinar dates please click here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indianformula/resources.html. Also available is the latest version of the EASIE Part II Frequently Asked Questions document. To access a copy click on this link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indianformula/faq.html
    (April 1, 2014)

  • National Advisory Council on Indian Education Teleconference Meeting Scheduled for April 3-4, 2014

    The National Advisory Council on Indian Education (NACIE) will be holding its next meeting on April 3-4, 2014 in Washington, DC. The meeting time on April 3 is from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time and on April 4, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW., Washington, DC 20008, Phone: (202) 234–0700, Fax: (202) 265–7972. Additional details about the meeting will be posted on the NACIE Web site by March 27, 2014 at: http://www.NACIE-ED.org. (To RSVP, and for from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET. The meeting will be conducted via conference call with NACIE members. Up to 30 dial-in, listen-only phone lines will be made available to the public on a first come, first served basis. The conference call number is 1–800–871–9060 and the participant code is 929296858#.

    The location for the NACIE meeting is the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW., Washington, District of Columbia 20008, Phone: (202) 234–0700, Fax: (202) 265–7972. Additional details about the meeting will be posted on the NACIE Web site by March 27, 2014. Web site: http://www.NACIE-ED.org to RSVP, and for NACIE Meeting Updates, and Final Agenda).

    The purpose of this meeting is to convene the Council to continue its responsibilities for developing recommendations to the Secretary of Education on the funding and administration (including the development of regulations, and administrative policies and practices) of any program over which the Secretary has jurisdiction and includes Indian children or adults as participants or programs that may benefit Indian children or adults, including any program established under Title VII, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and conduct discussions on the development of the report to Congress that should be submitted no later than June 30, 2014.

    For more information on the the teleconference click on the following Federal Register link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-24/pdf/2014-06382.pdf
    (March 24, 2014)

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

  • Blog Pages Established for Indian Professional Development and State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) Programs for Tribal Leaders

    The US Department of Education Office of Indian Education (OIE) is conducting tribal consultation to obtain input regarding the future direction of the Indian Education Professional Development(authorized by section 7122 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act) and the State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) programs. OIE is considering whether to revise the regulations for the Professional Development program in 34 CFR Part 263 and tribal leader input will help inform any proposed policies.

    For the STEP program, since it's a new program, regulations must be developed to coincide with the next application cycle should the Department decide to move forward with regulation development. We invite tribal leaders to comment on any aspect of the Professional Development and STEP programs and have included examples of topics on which you may want to comment. You may access the main blog page at http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/oese/ and in the Recent Posts section on the lower right panel look for the individual blog titles. For the professional development program look for "Indian Professional Development Program For Tribal Consultation" and for the STEP blog look for "State Tribal Education Partnerships (STEP) Consultation".

    Both blog pages will direct you to fillable forms that may be completed either online or by hand and returned to OIE. There are also boxes where you may fill in additional comments. Additionally, you may provide comments directly to the blog pages. Information regarding email addresses and fax nmbers for sending in comments are included. These pages will be posted for a limitied time only.
    (March 31, 2014)

  • PowerPointsand Transcripts Available from the Indian Professional Development and State Tribal Education Partnership Tribal Consultation Sessions
    The Office of Indian Education recently conducted two webinars the week of February 27 covering two discretionary programs. This includes the Indian Professional Development program and the State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program. These sessions were targeted primarily to tribal leaders for their input and to consider what changes could be made to both programs in the future. A copy of the PowerPoints and transcripts are now availble from both meetings. The links to the files are here:
    Feb 28, 2014 Professional Development Webinar PowerPoint [download file] PDF (1,567K)
    Feb 28, 2014 Professional Development Webinar Transcript[download file] PDF (116K)
    Feb 29, 2014 STEP Webinar PowerPoint[download file] PDF (208K)
    Feb 29, 2014 STEP Webinar Transcript[download file] PDF (1,500K)
    (February 6, 2014)

  • EASIE 2014 Application Opens January 27, 2014
    The Office of Indian Education annouces the opening of the 2014 Indian Education Formula Grant EASIE Application on January 27, 2014. Formula Grant EASIE for Part I opens January 27, 2014 and closes February 28, 2014. For Part I applicants will enter their Indian Student Count information which will determine your tentative award amount for the 2014-2015 school year. The official notice of the appication is the Notice Inviting Applications which was published in the Federal Register on January 21, 2014. The link to the Federal Register Notice may be found here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-21/pdf/2014-01072.pdf. For more informaton including upcoming webinar dates please click here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indianformula/applicant.html
    (January 22, 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 trancripts in Word or PDF format below. These include:

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

    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 - Niagra 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)

  • Office of Indian Education Announces 2013 Indian Education Professional Development Grant Awards - UPDATED 11-19-13
    The Office of Indian Education has announced the awards for the 2013 Indian Professional Development program. 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. Activities may include, but are not limited to, continuing education programs, symposia, workshops, conferences, and direct financial support. Below is a ist of the 2013 awards. The full set of abstracts are located at this link 2013 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS".


    ARIZONA
    Northern Arizona State University

    MONTANA
    Aaniiih Nakoda College
    Fort Peck Community College

    NORTH DAKOTA
    Turtle Mountain Community College

    SOUTH DAKOTA
    Oglala Lakota College
    Oglala Lakota College
    Sinte Gleska University State
    (November 19, 2013)

  • Office of Indian Education Announces 2013 Indian Education Demonstration Grant Awards - UPDATED 11-19-13
    The Office of Indian Education announces the 2013 awards under the Indian Demonstration Grants for Indian Children. A total of seven awards were made recently under this authorization. Demonstration Grants for Indian Children is a competitive discretionary grant program that supports projects to develop, test and demonstrate the effectiveness of services and programs to improve educational opportunities and achievement of Indian children. To meet the purposes of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, this program focuses project services on the following two absolute priorities: (1) increasing school readiness skills of three- and four-year old Indian children to prepare them for successful entry into kindergarten; and, (2) enabling Indian high school students to transition successfully to postsecondary education by increasing their competency and skills in challenging subjects, including mathematics and science. Below is a ist of the 2013 awards. The full set of abstracts are located at this link 2013 DEMONSTRATION AWARDS".


    ALASKA
    Chugash School District
    Qissunamiut Tribe

    ARIZONA
    Blackwater Communitry School

    CALIFORNIA
    Hoopa Valley Tribe
    Santa Ynez Band of Chumach Indians

    MINNESOTA
    MIGIZI Communications, Inc.

    NEW MEXICO
    Magdalena School District

    OKLAHOMA
    Ada City Schools
    Choctaw Nation
    Tahlequah Public Schools
    (November 19, 2013)

  • New ED506 Form Available
    A new Title VII Student eligibility form is now available from the Office of Indian Education. The 506 Form is used by Indian education formula programs to document Indian heritage of participating students. To download this and other files follow this link to our Indian formula resource page: http://www.ed.gov/programs/indianformula/resources.html
    (July 29, 2013)

  • National Advisory Council on Indian Education Annual Report for 2011-2012 Available
    The National Advisory Council on Indian Education (NACIE) recently released their annual report to congress for 2011-2012. The report details the council's recommendations for American Indian and Alaska Native education and activites for 2011 and 2012. The annual report may be viewed by clicking this link: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oie/nacie.html
    (July 17, 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

  • 2013 Indian Education Formula Grant Changes
    The Office of Indian Education has made several updates to the Indian Education Formula Grant application process for 2013 and future years. The changes are intended to make the application process more consistent with Department of Education grant administration policies. The Office of Indian Education has already made the announcement to entities that have begun the application process for 2013. For your convenience we have made the document available here for download. Please click onto the following link to access the document:

      2013 Indian Education Formula Grant application change document[download file] PDF (101K)

    (February 28, 2013)


  • State Department of Indian Education Page Updated
    The Office of Indian Education has updated the State Department of Indian Education listings from across the country. These officies have primary oversight over Indian education programs in their respective states. To access the updated page please click here: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oie/statecontacts.html
    (February 28, 2013)

  • U.S. Education Department Awards Nearly $2 Million to Tribal Education Agencies to Improve Education for American Indian and Alaska Native Students
    The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of four competitive grants totaling nearly $2 million to tribal education agencies (TEAs), under the State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program. These grants will help to increase the role of TEAs in the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students to meet the unique educational and cultural needs of those students and to improve their academic achievement.

    "We have a profound obligation to ensure that all children, including American Indian and Alaska Native students, have the opportunity to receive a 21st century education," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "Tribal leaders, teachers, and parents are best-suited to identify and address the needs of their children, and tribal communities deserve to play a greater role in providing American Indian and Alaska Native students with the tools and support they need to be successful in school and beyond."

    During regional tribal consultations, tribal officials consistently discussed the lack of opportunities for tribes to meaningfully participate in the education of their own children. Drawing from input received at these consultations, the Obama administration included in its Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization proposal a pilot authority that would elevate the role of TEAs. The Department's fiscal year 2012 Congressional appropriation provided funding for the Department to create a pilot competition to increase the role of tribal education departments in the education of students attending public schools on the tribe's reservation.

    The STEP program aims to promote collaboration between TEAs and state educational agencies (SEAs) and to build the capacity of tribes as they develop and enhance their roles, responsibilities and accountability in Indian education. The pilot program will fund projects created through collaborative agreements between TEAs and SEAs that allow for TEAs to perform some state-level functions for certain federal grant programs funded through the ESEA, within public schools located on tribally controlled lands. STEP grants are three-year awards, and year one grant amounts are listed below. Grantees and their SEA partners are:

      Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho - $451,481
      The Navajo Nation Diné Department of Education, New Mexico - $357,347
      The Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma - $739,246
      Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon - $385,436

    For more information on the STEP pilot program, please visit here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/step/index.html"

    The actual press release may be found here: Press Releases".
    (October 12, 2012)

  • 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: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/12/02/executive-order-improving-american-indian-and-alaska-native-educational-
    (December 2, 2011)

  • Tribal Leader Consultation Meetings
    The U.S. Department of Education will be scheduling several Tribal Leader consultation meetings for 2013. Senior officials from the Department, to date, have obtained feedback from Tribal officials on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and the development ofthe Department's Consultation Policy. We look forward to ongoing and meaningful dialogue with Tribal leaders. The dates and locations will be posted here when conrimed.


  • National Indian Education Study 2009 Part 1 & 2 Released
    National Indian Education Study 2009 Part I: Performance of American Indian and Alaska Native Students at Grades 4 and 8 on NAEP 2009 Reading and Mathematics Assessments is now available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nies The report presents the results of Part I of the National Indian Education Study (NIES) focusing on the performance of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) fourth- and eighth-graders on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress in reading and mathematics. A national sample of approximately 9,300 AI/AN students at grades 4 and 8 participated in the reading assessment and 9,000 in the mathematics assessment. Results from this study are compared to those from the first NIES conducted in 2005 and 2008. The results for 12 states with relatively large populations of AI/AN students are presented in addition to the national results.

    See complete results at: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nies
    NIES was conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education. NAEP, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences.
    (July 17, 2010)

  • 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, 2007)


 
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