[Federal Register: October 7, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 194)]
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Executive Order 13096, American Indian and Alaska Native

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice inviting self-nominations for comprehensive Federal
technical assistance service for school year 1999-2000.


    Purpose: To invite nominations for public schools and schools
funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to serve as models of effective
education for American Indian and Alaska Native students. The selected
schools will work with a special team of technical assistance
providers, including Federal staff, to develop, pilot and implement a
comprehensive service delivery model that coordinates and uses diverse
Federal agency resources. The team will disseminate effective and
promising practices of the school pilot sites to other local
educational agencies. This activity is required by Executive Order
13096 on American Indian and Alaska Native Education.

    Note: There is no award of funds to selected school pilot sites.
The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.

    Eligible Entities: Elementary and secondary schools providing a
free public education to preschool through secondary age students that
serve American Indian or Alaska Native students. In addition,
elementary and secondary schools funded by the Bureau

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of Indian Affairs are eligible as nominees.
    Deadline for Receipt of Self-Nominations: November 8, 1999.
    Estimated Number of Pilot Sites To Be Selected: 7-9.
    Estimated Length of Technical Assistance Period: 12 Months.
    Definitions: For the purposes of this notice, the following
definitions apply:
    (1) Free Public Education. The term ``free public education'' means
education that is--
    (A) Provided at public expense, under public supervision and
direction, and without tuition charge; and
    (B) Provided as elementary or secondary education in the applicable
State or to preschool children.
    (2) Inidan.--The term ``Indian'' means an individual who is--
    (A) A member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined
by the tribe or band, including--
    (i) Any tribe or band terminated since 1940; and
    (ii) Any tribe or band recognized by the State in which the tribe
or band resides;
    (B) A descendant, in the first or second degree, of an individual
described in subparagraph (A);
    (C) Considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for
any purpose;
    (D) An Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native; or
    (E) A member of an organized Indian group that received a grant
under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect October 19,

ADDRESSES: Submit written nominations to the Office of Indian
Education, Pilot Site Nominations, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Mail Stop--
Room 3W111, Washington, DC 20202-6335.


I. Background

    Executive Order (E.O.)13096, signed on August 6, 1998 by President
Clinton, recognizes the unique educational and culturally related
academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students, and the
Federal Government's special, historic responsibility for the education
of these students through its unique political and legal relationship
with tribal governments. In recognition of the unique educational and
culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native
students, improving educational achievement and academic progress for
these students is vital to the national goal of preparing every student
for responsible citizenship, continued learning, and productive
employment. The Federal government is committed to improving the
academic performance and reducing the dropout rate of American Indian
and Alaska Native students. To help fulfill this commitment in a manner
consistent with tribal traditions and cultures, the Executive Order
requires Federal agencies to focus special attention on six goals:
    (1) Improving reading and mathematics;
    (2) Increasing high school completion and postsecondary attendance
    (3) Reducing the influence of long-standing factors that impede
educational performance, such as poverty and substance abuse;
    (4) Creating strong, safe, and drug-free school environments;
    (5) Improving science education; and
    (6) Expanding the use of educational technology.
    To accomplish these goals, Federal agencies are to develop a long-
term comprehensive Federal Indian education policy that addresses the
fragmentation of government services available to American Indian and
Alaska Native students.

II. School Pilot Sites

    E.O. 13096 requires he Departments of Education and the Interior to
identify a reasonable number of schools funded by the Bureau of Indian
Affairs (BIA) and public schools that can serve as models for schools
with American Indian and Alaska Native students.
    A special team of technical assistance providers, including Federal
staff, must provide assistance to the model schools. Special attention
must be given, where appropriate, to assistance in implementing
comprehensive school reform demonstration programs that meet the
criteria for those programs established by the Departments of Labor,
Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
Appropriations Act, 1998 (Pub. L. 105-78), and to providing
comprehensive service delivery that connects and uses diverse Federal
agency resources.

III. Pilot Site Selections

    Nominations will be evaluated by a team of representatives
appointed by the Departments of Education and the Interior. The
evaluation team will select a total of seven to nine school pilot sites
from among those nominated. The criteria to be considered in the
selection of the pilot sites include:

A. Geographic Distribution

    School pilot sites will be geographically distributed. At least one
school pilot site will be selected from the geographic region specified
as follows:
    1. Alaska.
    2. Eastern Area--AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC,
    3. Upper Midwest--IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI.
    4. Lower Midwest--AR, KS, MO, OK.
    5. Northwest/Plains--ID, MT, ND, NE, OR, SD, WA, WY.
    6. Southwest--AZ, NM, TX, CO.
    7. West--CA, NV, UT.

B. Other Characteristics

    To obtain a wide diversity of pilot school sites, consideration
will be given to other characteristics of the nominated schools within
each geographic region. The following other characteristics will be
    1. School Type--
    a. Public.
    b. BIA-operated.
    c. BIA contract or grant.
    2. Type of Community--
    a. Rural.
    b. Urban.
    3. Grade Level--
    a. Elementary School (grade range: K-3; K-5; K-6; K-8; K-12;
including schools with and without preschool programs).
    b. Middle School or Junior High.
    c. High School.
    4. School/LEA Population--
    a. Number of Indian students.
    b. Total student population in LEA.
    c. Percentage of Indian students in nominated school.

IV. Nomination Submission and Deadline

    All nominations must be sent to the Office of Indian Education,
Pilot Site Nominations, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 3W111,
Washington, DC 20202-6335. No specific forms are required for
submission of a nomination.
    Nominations shall be considered as meeting the deadline if they are
received on or before the deadline date.

    Note: There is no award of funds to selected school pilot sites.

V. Announcement of School Pilot Site Selections

    Schools selected to receive technical assistance through the School
Pilot Site process will be contacted directly by the Office of Indian
Education. A listing of the schools selected will be available upon
written request after the pilot site selection process has been

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lorraine Edmo, Office of Indian
Education, Room 3W111, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-
6335, 202-401-1200, FAX 202-260-7779, or e-mail

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    Dated: October 1, 1999.
Judith A. Johnson,
Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary
[FR Doc. 99-26165 Filed 10-6-99; 8:45 am]