Office of Indian Education

Meet OIE’s Director  |  OIE Organization and Contact Page  |  State Education  | Tribal Consultation and Listening Sessions

Click here to join our listserv Sign up for our listerv to get the latest news and updates from OIE.

Click here to read the OIE Newsletter!

Click here to access the Tribal Consultation Toolkit, developed by the National Comprehensive Center with input from Tribal and community leaders to guide effective, inclusive, and culturally responsive consultation that respects Tribal sovereignty and can advance critical conversations related to education.

Click here to review the NIES 2019 Report! Members of the NIES Technical Review Panel also released a companion document: Setting the Context which provides overarching recommendations and a perspective of how NIES fits in the larger sphere of education for AI/AN Students. More information on the NIES can be found here. In September 2021, NCES, OIE, and BIE hosted a roundtable discussion about findings from the 2019 NIES report that focused on exploring the educational experiences of AI/AN students (recording coming soon).

Tribal Consultation Meeting Transcripts available. Click here!

The U.S. Office of Indian Education (OIE) administers the Indian Education Program of ESEA, as amended by ESSA (Title VI, Part A), which establishes policies and provides financial and technical assistance for supporting LEAs, Indian Tribes and organizations, post- secondary institutions and other entities in meeting the special educational and cultural related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives, 20 U.S.C. 3423c and 7401 et. seq. The OIE is headed by a Director who reports to the Assistant Secretary and who advises the Assistant Secretary on matters related to the programs administered by OIE.

The OIE has three primary responsibilities:

  1. To meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of Indian students, so that such students can meet the challenging State academic standards;
  2. To ensure that Indian students gain knowledge and understanding of Native communities, languages, Tribal histories, traditions, and cultures; and
  3. To ensure that teachers, principals, other school leaders, and other staff who serve Indian students have the ability to provide culturally appropriate and effective instruction and supports to such students.

The OIE is divided into three programming subparts:

  • Subpart 1 – Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies
  • Subpart 2 – Special Programs and Projects for Indian Children “Discretionary Grants”
  • Subpart 3 – National Activities

Indian Education Professional Development Grant: Graduate Images

Click here to read about Ezra Whitman, a graduate of the American Indian Teacher Program at Portland State University, funded through a U.S. Department of Education Indian Education Professional Development grant. Article by Sherron Lumley, Media Relations and Communications, Portland State University, College of Education, lumley@pdx.edu.

OIE Grants

Select each program below to learn more.

Contact Information

  • Julian Guerrero, Jr., M.P.A.
    Director
    Office of Indian Education,
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    400 Maryland Avenue SW
    Washington, DC 20202