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 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.

The Department, in coordination with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE), cordially invites you to the following 2018 Tribal Consultation:

Onsite Tribal Consultation

Albuquerque Convention Center, Room TBD
(2018 Tribal Self-Governance Annual Conference)
401 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
*You need not register for the TSG Conference to attend the Consultation
Date: April 22, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (MDT)

The Department seeks to engage tribes, tribal organizations and communities, Native youth and other stakeholders on topics related to BIE’s role in overseeing and managing federal education programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Department anticipates forthcoming information regarding a separate virtual Tribal Consultation. In addition, the Department will provide information regarding accepting written comments at a later date.

Please see the attached supporting document. The Department is requesting feedback on the specific questions therein. 

Please aboulley@tribaltechllc.com or call 906-203-8847.

We strongly encourage Tribal Leaders to attend in person.

Click here to download a PDF version of this flyer and the supporting documents.

If you need additional information please contact:
Ron Lessard
Acting Executive Director and Chief of Staff
White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education
Phone: 202- 453-5509
Email: ron.lessard@ed.gov


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