White House Initiative

American Indian and Alaska Native Education


The White House Initiative (WHI-NATCU) leads the President’s Executive Order 14049 signed October 11, 2021, on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Native Americans and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities. 

 The White House 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. 

Executive Order 14049

U.S. Department of Education Executive Order 13175 Implementation Plan: Report to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, April 26, 2021


Read voices from Indian Country

Tribal Consultation Policy

The School Environment Listening Sessions Final Report [PDF]

Executive Order 13592