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

Announcing the U.S. Department of Education Tribal Consultation On the Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions Program

Section 117 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, as Amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the  21st Century Act (Public Law 115-224)

When:
March 22, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Where:
U.S. Department of Education
Potomac Center Plaza
550 12th St. SW
Washington, DC 20202

Background Information

Signed into law by President Trump on July 31, 2018, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century Act (Public Law 115-224) revised and extended the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins V or the Act), authorizing appropriations through Fiscal Year 2024 for five career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The subject of this tribal consultation is the Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions Program (TCPCTIP), which awards competitive grants for “basic support for the education and training of Indian students” to tribally controlled postsecondary career and technical institutions that do not receive funding under Title I of the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978 or the Navajo Community College Act. 

Tribal Consultation Topics

1. The Department is aware of two institutions of higher education that meet the program’s eligibility requirements: United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, ND and Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, NM. Are you aware of any other institutions that may be eligible for assistance under this program?

2. Beginning in 2001, the Department established policies and requirements governing the payment of student stipends in TCPCTIP. The most recent set of policies were established in 2007. Do you have any concerns about the current TCPCTIP student stipend policies? Do you have any recommendations for changes to them?

3. The Department is interested in updating the performance indicators for TCPCTIP grantees to reflect the new core indicators of performance that Congress established for States and subgrantees in the formula grant program because it is important to assess consistently the effectiveness of CTE programs funded under Perkins V.

A. Do you have any concerns about updating the performance indicators for TCPCTIP grantees?

B. Would TCPCTIP grantees need any technical assistance from the Department to implement this change? If so, in what areas would technical assistance be helpful?

C. Do you have suggestions for any other performance indicators for TCPCTIP grantees?

Please see the attached supporting document for additional background about TCPCTIP and these consultation topics. This consultation is in person and virtual. Logistics to access virtually and the agenda will follow this announcement.

For More Information Contact: Kiki Hunter, kiawanta.hunter-keiser@ed.gov, 202-245-7724

Registration:
To register for this Tribal Consultation, please visit the link below
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F778P76

Download TCPCTIP background information document.


Announcing the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Tribal Consultation on the
Office of Indian Education’s Native American Language program
under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,
as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act

When:
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST

Location:
Grand Traverse Resort
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd.
Acme, MI 49610-0404

AND
Virtual Event (via Adobe Connect webinar and/or toll-free
conference call line)

Registration:
To register for in-person or virtual event participation,
please CLICK HERE.

Purpose of Tribal Consultation

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (the Department’s) commitment to engage in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with American Indian Tribes, the Department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) and the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE) will conduct a Tribal consultation regarding the Native American Language (NAL@ED) program.

Because FY 2017 was the first grant competition for the NAL@ED program under the revised program authority under section 6122 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the 2017 notice qualified for an exemption to the public comment requirements that govern many competitions at the Department. However, in order to establish priorities, requirements, definitions, or selection criteria for future competitions under this statutory authority, OESE is required to undergo notice-and-comment rulemaking through the Federal Register. Therefore, consistent with the Department’s trust responsibility to Tribes and our Tribal Consultation Policy, OESE will consult with elected officials of federally recognized Tribes to ensure that their views inform OESE’s policy decisions related to the priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria that will govern future competitions under the current statutory authority.

We request Tribal leader recommendations on:

  • Focusing particular NAL@ED competitions on existing Native language programs or new Native language programs.
  • Including distinct funding categories for two types of applicants: (1) those that propose to implement projects in schools funded by a State-funded local educational agency (LEA), and (2) those that propose to implement projects in schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education, an Indian Tribe, a Tribal College or University (TCU), an Alaska Native Regional Corporation (as described in section 3(g) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1602(g))), or a private, Tribal, or Alaska Native nonprofit organization.
  • Encouraging or requiring applicants, especially those establishing new programs, to create Native language proficiency assessments (including oral assessments, portfolios, performance tasks and pre- and post-tests), during the grant period.
  • Prioritizing Native language content assessments (assessments of math, reading/language arts, and science) and the effect that might have on the most critically endangered languages.
  • Evaluating whether applicants partnering with various entities (e.g., a Tribal applicant proposing to implement a Native language program in an LEA) have sufficient levels of cooperation (e.g. Memorandum of Understanding, consortium agreement, etc.) to implement projects on time and within budget;
  • Evaluating whether the levels of cooperation among applicants and their partners for existing versus new Native language programs should be measured differently.
  • Implementing the statutory requirement that the Department must “ensure, to the maximum extent feasible, that diversity of languages is represented” (ESEA sec. 6133(d)(2));
  • Prioritizing novice grantees or projects that support instruction in the most critically endangered languages.
  • Encouraging applicants to demonstrate staff and resource capacity aligned to a project scope and scale that realistically can be implemented in a three-year grant period.
  • Identifying the most effective activities and strategies for encouraging applicants to include these activities in their projects.

For More Information Contact: Tribalconsultation@ed.gov

Public Comments

There will be specific times for public comments for each consultation. If you would like to provide a comment in person, please sign up in advance. The “Public Comment” sign-up sheet will be located next to the registration desk. You may also provide written comments, by completing the “Public Comment Card” that will be available during the consultation, or you may submit your written comment directly to Tribalconsultation@ed.gov


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Read voices from Indian Country

Tribal Consultation Policy

The School Environment Listening Sessions Final Report [PDF]

Executive Order 13592