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

U.S. Department of Education and the Bureau of Indian Education Virtual Tribal Consultation

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) (collectively, the Departments) joint commitment to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native youth, the Departments, in coordination with the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, cordially invite you to the following 2018 Tribal Consultation:

Online Webinar

Date: June 29, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EDT)

The Departments seek to engage tribes, tribal organizations and communities, Native youth, and other stakeholders on topics related to the Departments’ roles in promoting student achievement and ensuring quality education opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth—from early childhood through adulthood with regard for tribes’ needs for cultural and economic well-being. Specifically, the Departments request insight on how specific resources can be leveraged more effectively by each Department to support the educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native youth and tribal communities nationwide.

The Departments will hold the listening session on June 3, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri in conjunction with the Mid-year Meeting of the National Congress of American Indians.

Please see the attached supporting document. The Departments are requesting feedback on the specific questions therein.

For more information, if you have additional questions, or if you’d like to submit written comments, please email oss.bie@ed.gov.

We strongly encourage tribal leaders to attend.

Download PDF Announcement

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Background Information

The BIE operates as the State Educational Agency (SEA) for the purposes of administering Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Acts (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B in BIE schools. Title I provides financial assistance to BIE and its schools which have a high number or a high percentage of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging academic standards. IDEA provides assistance to BIE to identify and provide for the education of children with disabilities within BIE-funded schools. The BIE is responsible for distributing the federal funds in accordance with the program requirements and ensuring that BIE-funded schools are meeting the requirements of the relevant laws and regulations of the federal programs and have the support they need to improve educational for Native students. The ED is responsible for providing support to the BIE in its efforts to monitor and enforce compliance with the requirements of these and other funded ED programs.

The Departments entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in December 2012 and its extension in July 2017 which describes the relationship that the two agencies have in supporting BIE students with regard to all ESEA funding provided by the Department to the BIE. Specific activities agreed to in the MOA include collaborating on ways to:

  • Promote more effective school reform efforts to address critical issues and unique challenges affecting the quality of instruction, student achievement, and educational improvement in BIE- funded schools, including students with disabilities.
  • Enhance research, data collection, and dissemination of best practices with regard to the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students.

Summary

The ED and the BIE are conducting a listening session to obtain oral and written comments regarding opportunities to improve educational outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native youth including youth with disabilities. Through this listening session, the Departments hope to hear from federally-recognized tribes, school leaders, parents, and the public on the best ways the Departments can use their resources and expertise to:

  • Promote more effective school reform efforts in BIE-funded schools with a particular emphasis on students with disabilities and students served under Title I; and
  • Enhance the BIE’s quality research, data collection, and dissemination of best practices with regard to the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students.

The Departments seek tribal input regarding any actions impacting tribes, tribal communities, and Native youth served by BIE-funded schools that the Departments may take based on the topics described above in order to improve educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students. The information and feedback obtained will be used to:

  1. Inform how the two federal agencies can collaborate better to serve American Indian and Alaska Native youth including youth with disabilities through its formal MOA as well as through other means; such as regular discussions between the BIE and the program offices administering Title I and IDEA.
  2. Enhance the BIE’s monitoring and oversight of schools, its data collection and disseminating practices, and its school improvement efforts; and
  3. Inform how the Departments could promote effective school reform efforts including, but not limited to, educational choice for students in tribal communities in a manner that promotes tribal sovereignty and honors the Federal Government’s trust responsibility to Indian tribes regarding education.

For Further Contact Information

By email to: OSS.BIE@ed.gov

Tribal Listening Session Questions

The Departments seek input from Tribes and other stakeholders during the listening session as follows:

  1. How can the Departments use their resources and expertise to better support your schools in carrying out the requirements of federal education programs, specifically Title I and IDEA Part B?
  2. What suggestions do you have for strengthening BIE’s monitoring and technical assistance with regard to IDEA Part B and ESEA programs, including Title I, Part A?
  3. What suggestions do you have for enhancing special education services and programming at your schools including methods for ensuring children with disabilities are adequately prepared to meet post-secondary goals? What types of professional development would be helpful to educators and staff? How can BIE assist your schools with ensuring parents are informed of their rights and their children’s rights under IDEA?
  4. What suggestions do you have for enhancing BIE’s research, data collection, and dissemination of best practices with regard to the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students?
  5. What types of supplemental programs could exchange educational services currently available in BIE-funded schools in a manner that promotes tribal sovereignty and honors the Federal Governments’ trust responsibility to Indian tribes regarding education?

Please send comments to tribalconsultation@ed.gov and note that public comment will be accepted through July 16, 2018


U.S. Department of Education and the Bureau of Indian Education Joint Tribal Listening Session

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) (collectively, the Departments) joint commitment to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native youth, the Departments, in coordination with the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, cordially invite you to the following 2018 Listening Session:

Onsite Tribal Listening Session

Venue:
Marriott Kansas City Downtown, Room: Julia Lee A/B
(2018 NCAI Mid-Year Conference & Marketplace)
200 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
*You need not register for the NCAI Conference to attend the Listening Session

Date: June 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (CDT)

The Departments seek to engage tribes, tribal organizations and communities, Native youth, and other stakeholders on topics related to the Departments’ roles in promoting student achievement and ensuring quality education opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth—from early childhood through adulthood with regard for tribes’ needs for cultural and economic well-being. Specifically, the Departments request insight on how specific resources can be leveraged more effectively by each Department to support the educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native youth and tribal communities nationwide.

The Departments will hold the listening session on June 3, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri in conjunction with the Mid-year Meeting of the National Congress of American Indians.

Please see the attached supporting document. The Departments are requesting feedback on the specific questions therein.

For more information, if you have additional questions, or if you’d like to submit written comments, please email oss.bie@ed.gov.

We strongly encourage tribal leaders to attend in person.

Download PDF Announcement

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Background Information

The BIE operates as the State Educational Agency (SEA) for the purposes of administering Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Acts (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B in BIE schools. Title I provides financial assistance to BIE and its schools which have a high number or a high percentage of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging academic standards. IDEA provides assistance to BIE to identify and provide for the education of children with disabilities within BIE-funded schools. The BIE is responsible for distributing the federal funds in accordance with the program requirements and ensuring that BIE-funded schools are meeting the requirements of the relevant laws and regulations of the federal programs and have the support they need to improve educational for Native students. The ED is responsible for providing support to the BIE in its efforts to monitor and enforce compliance with the requirements of these and other funded ED programs.

The Departments entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in December 2012 and its extension in July 2017 which describes the relationship that the two agencies have in supporting BIE students with regard to all ESEA funding provided by the Department to the BIE. Specific activities agreed to in the MOA include collaborating on ways to:

  • Promote more effective school reform efforts to address critical issues and unique challenges affecting the quality of instruction, student achievement, and educational improvement in BIE- funded schools, including students with disabilities.
  • Enhance research, data collection, and dissemination of best practices with regard to the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students.

Summary

The ED and the BIE are conducting a listening session to obtain oral and written comments regarding opportunities to improve educational outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native youth including youth with disabilities. Through this listening session, the Departments hope to hear from federally-recognized tribes, school leaders, parents, and the public on the best ways the Departments can use their resources and expertise to:

  • Promote more effective school reform efforts in BIE-funded schools with a particular emphasis on students with disabilities and students served under Title I; and
  • Enhance the BIE’s quality research, data collection, and dissemination of best practices with regard to the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students.

The Departments seek tribal input regarding any actions impacting tribes, tribal communities, and Native youth served by BIE-funded schools that the Departments may take based on the topics described above in order to improve educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students. The information and feedback obtained will be used to:

  1. Inform how the two federal agencies can collaborate better to serve American Indian and Alaska Native youth including youth with disabilities through its formal MOA as well as through other means; such as regular discussions between the BIE and the program offices administering Title I and IDEA.
  2. Enhance the BIE’s monitoring and oversight of schools, its data collection and disseminating practices, and its school improvement efforts; and
  3. Inform how the Departments could promote effective school reform efforts including, but not limited to, educational choice for students in tribal communities in a manner that promotes tribal sovereignty and honors the Federal Government’s trust responsibility to Indian tribes regarding education.

For Further Contact Information

By email to: OSS.BIE@ed.gov

Tribal Listening Session Questions

The Departments seek input from Tribes and other stakeholders during the listening session as follows:

  1. How can the Departments use their resources and expertise to better support your schools in carrying out the requirements of federal education programs, specifically Title I and IDEA Part B?
  2. What suggestions do you have for strengthening BIE’s monitoring and technical assistance with regard to IDEA Part B and ESEA programs, including Title I, Part A?
  3. What suggestions do you have for enhancing special education services and programming at your schools including methods for ensuring children with disabilities are adequately prepared to meet post-secondary goals? What types of professional development would be helpful to educators and staff? How can BIE assist your schools with ensuring parents are informed of their rights and their children’s rights under IDEA?
  4. What suggestions do you have for enhancing BIE’s research, data collection, and dissemination of best practices with regard to the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students?
  5. What types of supplemental programs could exchange educational services currently available in BIE-funded schools in a manner that promotes tribal sovereignty and honors the Federal Governments’ trust responsibility to Indian tribes regarding education?

Please send comments to listeningsession@ed.gov and note that public comment will be accepted through June 30, 2018


U.S. Department of Education Tribal Consultation

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) commitment to honor the government-to-government relationship between federally recognized tribes and to engage in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with Indian tribes and Indian education stakeholders, the Department plans to conduct a series of consultations in 2018.

Save the Date

Announcing the U.S. Department of Education (USED) Tribal Consultation
On the Alaska Native Education (ANE) Program, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act

WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

WHERE: National Congress of American Indians
2018 Mid-Year Conference & Marketplace

Marriott Kansas City Downtown
200 W. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

Purpose of Consultation

The major purpose of the Alaska Native Education (ANE) program is to support innovative projects that recognize and address the unique educational needs of Alaska Native children and adults. The program is designed to focus on the integration of Alaska Native cultures and languages into education, positive identity development for Alaska Native students, and local, placed-based and culture-based programming that is critical to the attainment of educational success and the long-term well-being of Alaska Native students. Projects developed under the program must include the activities authorized under section 6304(a)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), and may include one or more of the activities authorized under section 6304(a)(3) of the ESEA. Tribes located in Alaska are eligible to apply for this discretionary grant program.

A tribal consultation will be conducted by the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Academic Improvement, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). In Fiscal Year 2017, OESE conducted the first ANE program grant competition under the ESEA, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). To clarify the meaning of new statutory terms, OESE issued a notice in the Federal Register that defined several terms that were included for the first time under the ESEA, as amended by ESSA. Because FY 2017 was the first grant competition for the ANE program under the revised program authority under section 6304 of the ESEA, defining and clarifying definitions in the 2017 notice qualified for an exemption to the public comment requirements that govern many competitions at the Department. However, in order to establish definitions, priorities, selection criteria, or requirements 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 mission and trust responsibility to tribes, the OESE will consult with Alaska Native tribes and other organizations to ensure that their views are considered in OESE’s policy decisions related to the definitions, priorities, selection criteria, and requirements that will govern future competitions under the current statutory authority.

Tribal Consultation Questions

  1. Are there changes needed to the definition of Alaska Native Organization (ANO), as established under the 2017 Notice Inviting Application for the ANE program?
  2. What are some criteria the Department should consider in determining whether an entity has experience operating programs that fulfill the purposes of ANE program?
  3. What information or data should applicants submit to determine whether an entity is predominately governed by Alaska Natives? Is the 80 percent minimum that was established in the 2017 Notice Inviting Application for the ANE program sufficient?
  4. What documentation should be submitted with the application to demonstrate that the applicant has received an official sanction or charter from an Alaska Native tribe or an ANO? Is the documentation required under the 2017 Notice Inviting Applications for the ANE program sufficient?
  5. What information should be included in a Memorandum of Understanding/Agreement for group or partner applications?
  6. What priority(ies) would improve the overall delivery and quality of the projects established under the ANE program?
  7. What suggestions do you have for strengthening the ANE program, as authorized under Section 6304 of the ESEA?
  8. The Department will provide the presentation for the Tribal consultation that includes more information related to the tribal consultation questions and process for submitting written comments at a later date.

    For More Information Contact: Almita Reed, Almita.reed@ed.gov, 202-260-1979

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    ED Consultation Schedule and Documents

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    Tribal Consultation Policy

    The School Environment Listening Sessions Final Report [PDF]

    Executive Order 13592