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Funding Information

(In millions)

  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Grants to LEAs $62.0 $92.8 $97.1 $96.5 $95.9 $95.9 $95.3 $95.3
Special Programs for Indian Children 13.3 20.0 20.0 19.9 19.8 19.5 19.4 19.4
National Activities 1.7 2.8 3.2 5.3 5.2 5.2 4 4
Total 77.0 115.5 120.3 121.6 120.9 120.9 118.7 118.7

The Department’s Indian Education programs supplement the efforts of State and local educational agencies, and Indian tribes, to improve educational opportunities for Indian children. The programs link these efforts to broader educational reforms underway in States and localities to ensure that Indian students benefit from those reforms and achieve to the same challenging academic standards as other students.

Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives

  • Enrollment of American Indians/Alaska Native students in degree-granting institutions has more than doubled in the past 25 years. In 2002, American Indian/Alaska Native total enrollment was 60 percent femail and 40 percent male.

  • The number of American Indian/Alaska Native students earning degrees more than doubled for each level of degree between 1976 and 2003.

  • In 2003, 42 percent of American Indians/Alaska natives 25 years and older had attended at least some college.

The total 2007 appropriation for Indian Education programs is $118.7 million. Included within the appropriation are the following:

  • $95.3 million, for Grants to Local Educational Agencies, the Department’s primary program for improvement of the education of Indian children. This program provides formula grants to public and BIE-supported schools for activities that address the educational needs of Indian students. These activities must be linked to student performance goals based on challenging State and academic content and student academic achievement standards the districts must report periodically to their communities on progress they are making toward those goals.

  • $19.4 million for the Special Programs for Indian Children to fund new and continuing awards in professional development and early childhood demonstration grants, as well as to continue the American Indian Teacher Corps and create the American Indian Administrator Corps programs.

  • $4 million for National Activities to carry out research activities developed as part of a comprehensive research agenda to provide information on the status of education in the Indian population and further the goals of the, Executive Order on American Indian and Alaska Native education.