Indian Education—Formula Grants to Local Education Agencies

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Who May Apply: (by category) Local Education Agencies (LEAs)

Who May Apply: (specifically) LEAs that enroll a threshold number of eligible Indian children, certain schools funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. Indian tribes, Indian organizations and Indian community-based organizations under certain conditions, also may apply.

In order to participate in the Title VI Indian Education Formula Grant program, eligible applicants must have a minimum of 10 Indian students enrolled in the LEA or not less than 25 percent of the total number enrollment. Exceptions - - The enrollment requirement does not apply in Alaska, California or Oklahoma or to LEAs located on, or in proximity to, a reservation.


Bureau-funded school means a school funded by the Bureau of Indian Education. This includes BIE-operated schools, contract or grant schools, or a school for which assistance is provided under the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988.

Indian means an individual who is--
(1) A member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the Indian tribe or band, including any tribe or band terminated since 1940, and any tribe or band recognized by the State in which the tribe or band resides;
(2) A descendant of a parent or grandparent who meets the requirements described in paragraph (1) of this definition;
(3) Considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose;
(4) An Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native; or
(5) A member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect on October 19, 1994.

Indian Community-Based Organization means an organization comprised of Indians (as defined above) that—
(1) Is composed primarily of Indian parents, family members, and community members, tribal government education officials, from a specific community;
(2) Assists in the social, cultural and educational development of Indians in such committee;
(3) Meets the unique cultural, language, and academic needs of Indian students; and
(4) Demonstrates organizational and administrative capacity to manage the grant.

Local Education Agency is --
(1) A public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a state for either administrative control or direction of, or to perform service functions for, public elementary or secondary schools in: a city, county, township, school district, or other political subdivision of a state; or
(2) Such combination of school districts or counties a state recognizes as an administrative agency for its public elementary or secondary schools; or
(3) Any other public institution or agency that has administrative control and direction of a public elementary or secondary school.

Last Modified: 02/05/2018