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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 cultural, language, and educational needs of such students; and ensure that all students meet the challenging State academic standards.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (page 246) amends the Indian education programs as Title VI, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.


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  • OFFICE OF INDIAN EDUCATION SEEKING FIELD READERS
    The Department of Education, Office of Indian Education is soliciting highly qualified individuals to assist in the review process for one discretionary grant competition for 2017. This includes: Native American Language Grants (NAL), https://https://www2.ed.gov/programs/nal/index.html. Electronic review is tentatively scheduled in early July, 2017. The purposes of the NAL@ED program are to: (1) Support schools that use Native American and Alaska Native languages as the primary language of instruction; (2) Maintain, protect, and promote the rights and freedom of Native Americans and Alaska Natives to use, practice, maintain, and revitalize their languages, as envisioned in the Native American Languages Act of 1990 (25 U.S.C. 2901 et seq.); and (3) Support the Nation’s First Peoples’ efforts to maintain and revitalize their languages and cultures, and to improve educational opportunities and student outcomes within Native American and Alaska Native communities. For Fiscal Year 2017 the program will be administered under Title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended. Readers are eligible to apply if you have not read for three consecutive years. Field readers with advanced education degrees and/or experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities desired but not required. Degreed individuals who possess Native language instruction experience are encouraged to apply. Individuals selected as panel readers will need to commit to being available by telephone one or two hours per day for up to two weeks reading, scoring and paneling on assigned applications. Your resume will be reviewed for conflict of interest concerns. By June 30, 2017, please submit your resume, including a valid email address and phone number, to:John.Cheek@ed.gov.
    (May 23, 2017)

  • 2017 NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGES GRANT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER
    The Native American Language (NAL@ED) Program is a new, discretionary grant program authorized under Section 6133 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 7453.The purposes of the NAL@ED program are to support schools that use Native American and Alaska Native languages as the primary language of instruction; maintain, protect, and promote the rights and freedom of Native Americans and Alaska Natives to use, practice, maintain, and revitalize their languages, as envisioned in the Native American Languages Act of 1990 (25 U.S.C. 2901 et seq.); and support the Nation’s First Peoples’ efforts to maintain and revitalize their languages and cultures, and to improve educational opportunities and student outcomes within Native American and Alaska Native communities. For more information on NAL@ED Grant program contact: John.Cheek@ed.gov. The Federal Register Notice may be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/04/2017-09043/applications-for-new-awards-indian-education-discretionary-grants-programs-native-american-language. The Grant Opportunity Number is ED-GRANTS-050417-001 and the CFDA Number is 84.415B.
    (May 4, 2017)

  • 2017 INDIAN FORMULA GRANT EASIE PART II APPLICATION OPENS MAY 17, 2017
    The open date for EASIE Part II is May 17, 2017, and the closing date is June 15, 2017. The Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies (Formula Grants) program provides grants to support local educational agencies (LEAs), Indian tribes and organizations, and other eligible entities in developing elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) funds comprehensive programs that are designed to meet the unique cultural, language, and educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students, and ensure that all students meet challenging State academic standards. For more information on Indian Formula Grant program contact: Bernard.Garcia@ed.gov or eden_OIE@ed.gov. The Federal Register Notice may be found here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-17/pdf/2017-07732.pdf.
    (April 17, 2017)

  • THE WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE EDUCATION ANNOUNCES CONSULTATION WEBINARS
    The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE) will be conducting three tribal consultation webinars in April. This webinar series will evaluate the components, policies, and practices of successful Native American language immersion schools and programs under Section 6005 of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The State Education Agencies (SEAs) and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) webinar will be Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 2:00pm-4:00pm EDT. The Consultation with Experts in the Fields of Native Languages will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 2:00pm-4:00pm EDT. The Consultation with Institutions of Higher Education that conduct Native American language immersion programs, including teachers of such programs will be Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 2:00pm-4:00pm EDT. For more information on the webinars, please visit: https://sites.ed.gov/whiaiane/.
    (April 7, 2017)

  • THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT TRIBAL CONSULTATIONS DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER
    Section 8538 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires affected local educational agencies (LEAs) to consult with Indian tribes and tribal organizations on issues affecting Native students. The Dear Colleague letter and Frequently Asked Questions can be found here: Dear Colleague Letter and FAQ. More information on the consultation requirements can be found here: ESEA Tribal Consultation Requirements for LEAs and SEAs.
    (April 20, 2017)

  • THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES THE 2017 NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGES GRANT CLEARANCE NOTICE HAS BEEN PUBLISHED
    The Office of Indian Education is announcing the new Native American Languages Grant program clearance notice has been published in the Federal Register on March 15, 2017. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before April 14, 2017. For more information on Native American Languages Grant program contact: Kimberly.Smith@ed.gov. The Federal Register Notice Correction may be found here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-15/pdf/2017-05079.pdf.
    (March 15, 2017)

  • 2017 INDIAN FORMULA GRANT EASIE PART I APPLICATION OPENS MARCH 31, 2017
    The Office of Indian Education has announced the open period for the 2017 Indian Formula Grant program. The open date for EASIE Part I is March 31, 2017, and the closing date is April 28, 2017. EASIE Part II is To Be Announced. Applicants must successfully 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), Indian tribes and organizations, and other eligible entities in developing elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) funds comprehensive programs that are designed to meet the unique cultural, language, and educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students, and ensure that all students meet challenging State academic standards. For more information on Indian Formula Grant program contact: Bernard.Garcia@ed.gov or eden_OIE@ed.gov. The Federal Register Notice may be found here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-13/pdf/2017-04907.pdf.
    (March 13, 2017)

  • NO COMPETITION PLANNED FOR FY 2017 FOR THE INDIAN DEMONSTRATIONPROGRAM
    The Office of Indian Education is announcing at this time that there will be no new grant competition under the Indian Demonstration Grant program for FY 2017. FY 2016 was the last year a competition was held under this program when 32 new awards were made. For more information contact: John.Cheek@ed.gov.
    (February 2, 2017)

  • NO COMPETITION PLANNED FOR FY 2017 FOR THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
    The Office of Indian Education is announcing that there will be no new grant competition under the Indian Professional Development Grant program for FY 2017. FY 2016 was the last year a competition was held under this program when 20 new awards were made. For more information contact: Angela.Hernandez-Marshall@ed.gov.
    (February 2, 2017)

  • THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES THE 2016 INDIAN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT AWARDS
    The Department and the Office of Indian Education has announced the new Indian Professional Development Grant awards. For 2016 there are a total of 20 awards under this competition. Below is a list of the new awardees.

    2016 Indian Professional Development Awards
      Salish Kootenai College, MT - $384,167
      Sitting Bull College, ND - $290,837
      University of North Carolina Pembroke, NC - $351,876
      University of Mary, ND - $367,702
      Stone Child College, MT- $380,200
      Oglala Lakota College SD - $385,945
      ABOR on behalf of Northern Arizona University, AZ - $374,197
      The CSU, Chico Research Foundation, CA - $335,247
      Regents of the University of Idaho, ID - $356,737
      University of Oregon, OR - $374,554
      American Indian Resource Center, Inc. OK - $371,756
      Montana State University MT - $388,697
      The Regents of the University of New Mexico NM - $344,325
      Washington State University WA - $92,588
      Board of Regents, University of Nebraska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln NE - $322,405
      Elmira College NY - $228,537
      AZ Board of Regents, U of AZ AZ - $305,289
      Portland State University OR - $370,937
      Blackfeet Community College MT - $330,609
      Fond du Lac Tribal College MN - $356,797

    To see the abstracts for the new grantees for 2016 please visit the Indian Professional Development Awards page at this link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indianprofdev/awards.html.


    (September 28, 2016)

  • THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES THE 2016 INDIAN DEMONSTRATION GRANT AWARDS
    The Department and the Office of Indian Education has announced the new Indian Demonstration Grant awards. Funded as a part of the Native Youth Community Project's (NYCP) priority, this grant program continues the effort begun in 2015 when the first twelve NYCP grants were funded. For 2016 a total of 32 awards were made for projects all across the country. To see the abstracts for each project visit the link here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indiandemo/awards.html. Below is a list of the 2016 awards.

    2016 Indian Demonstration Grant (NYCP) Awards
      Little Wound School District, SD - $770,020
      Salish Kootenai College, MT - $798,026
      Coeur d'Alene Tribe, ID - $583,423
      Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, AK - $981,075
      Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, LA - $547,425
      Alaska Gateway School District, AK - $787,544
      Kenaitze Indian Tribe, AK - $230,630
      Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce, SD - $249,757
      Lower Kuskokwim School District, AK - $948,647
      Annette Island School District, AK - $221,634
      Chugach School District, AK - $541,033
      Karuk Tribe, CA - $252,012
      San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, CA - $247,892
      Turtle Mountain Community College, ND - $245,930
      Stone Child College, MT - $529,781
      Stilwell Public Schools,OK - $500,365
      American Indian Science and Engineering Society, NM - $158,361
      Yukon Flats School District, AK - $873,113
      Quechan Indian Tribe, AZ - $214,691
      The Chickasaw Nation, OK - $999,314
      Citizen Potawatomi Nation, OK - $117,411
      Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, SD - $992,539
      Sabine Parish School Board, LA - $825,125
      Pinoleville Pomo Nation, CA - $739,521
      San Juan School District, UT - $986,570
      Gila River Indian Community, AZ - $919,386
      Kodiak Island Borough School District, AK - $939,055
      Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, OK - $329,042
      Kake City School District, AK - $194,708
      Northwest Arctic Borough School District, AK - $978,620
      Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe,MA - $231,123
      Jefferson County School District 509-J, OR - $257,162

    The Department of Education also issued a press release on the NYCP announcement. You may click the following link to see the release: Press Release.
    (September 27, 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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