White House Initiative

 American Indian and Alaska Native Education

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The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education leads the President’s Executive Order 13592, signed December 2, 2011, Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities.

The Initiative, located within the Department of Education, seeks to support activities that will strengthen the Nation by expanding education opportunities and improving education outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students.  It is committed to furthering tribal self-determination and ensuring AI/AN students, at all levels of education, have an opportunity to learn their Native languages and histories, receive complete and competitive educations, preparing them for college, careers, and productive and satisfying lives.

Upcoming Events

Two Tribal Consultation Webinar Opportunities Regarding the
Native American Language at the U.S. Department of Education (NAL@ED) Program

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

In order to extend the time for written comments on the (NAL@ED) grant, we request that you submit your comments by email to Ron Lessard by Friday, September 15, 2016.

Registration and more information here


Read voices from Indian Country

ED Consultation Schedule and Documents

Tribal Consultations

Tribal Consultation Policy

The School Environment Listening Sessions Final Report [PDF]

Executive Order 13592



Watch President Obama Speak at Tribal Nations Conference (7:55 President Obama speaks about the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education)