White House Initiative

American Indian and Alaska Native Education

WHIAIANE big seal

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 (USED) Tribal Consultation On the
Indian Education Professional Development Grants program under
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,
as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Dates: November 15, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)

To register for in-person or virtual event participation, please click on the registration button.


Purpose of Tribal Consultation

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s commitment to engage in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with Indian tribes and Indian education stakeholders, a tribal consultation will be conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), and the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE) regarding the Indian Education Professional Development Grants (PD) program.

Because FY 2018 was the first grant competition for the PD 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), defining and clarifying definitions in the 2018 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 trust responsibility to tribes and our Tribal Consultation Policy, the OESE will consult with elected officials of federally recognized tribes to ensure that their views inform OESE’s policy decisions related to the definitions, priorities, selection criteria, and requirements that will govern future competitions under the current statutory authority.

Topics for Consultation include:

  • Requesting tribal leader recommendations for defining the term “high proportion” per the revised statutory requirement that participants must complete their service payback obligation “in a local education agency that serves a high proportion of Indian students.”
  • Requesting tribal leader recommendations around the feasibility and scope of a new priority for training Indian administrators to start new Indian-student-serving schools (e.g., transitioning a BIE-operated school to a tribally-controlled one, or establishing a new high-quality, culturally-based charter school serving Indian students consistent with State charter school law).
  • Requesting tribal leader recommendations around the feasibility and scope of encouraging administrator training to include opportunities to work with an existing or developing Tribal Education Agency.

In addition to these topics, the Department is interested in gathering information to support grantee technical assistance on effective strategies for informing and educating prospective employers about their role in verifying participants’ progress toward fulfillment of the service payback obligation. 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


Read voices from Indian Country

Tribal Consultation Policy

The School Environment Listening Sessions Final Report [PDF]

Executive Order 13592