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. 


Raise the Bar: Lead the World

“Raise the Bar: Lead the World” is the Department of Education and Secretary Sedona’s call to action to transform p-12 education and postsecondary education by promoting equity and excellence, improving conditions for learning, and ensuring that every student has a pathway to multilingualism and access to college and careers to “lead the world.”

Raise the Bar: For Native Students through Supports for Native Languages, Native Teachers and Tribal Education Agencies

Webinar: June 13, 2023 @ 3:30-4:30

Tribal Nations Summit Report

The White House Tribal Nations Summit is an event hosted at the Department of the Interior. It provides an opportunity for Tribal leaders and Administration to discuss ways and places of improvement the Federal government can invest in to strengthen nation-to-nation relationships. At the same time, also ensure progress in Indian country in the future.

The White House Women’s History Month RoundTable

On March 21, 2023, the White House hosted a special virtual Women’s History Month RoundTable with Executive Directors of the White House Initiatives. White House Senior Adviser for the President and Director of Public Engagement, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, moderated the event. Participants were allowed to share their pathway to leadership and how they advance equity in their communities and elevate women’s voices and leadership.

  • Watch the White House Women’s History Month RoundTable HERE