Office of Indian Education
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The Office of Indian Education (OIE) celebrated their 50th Anniversary on June 23, 2022! The 1972 Indian Education Act (IEA) was the landmark legislation establishing a comprehensive approach to meeting the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students. The unique aspects of the original authority have been retained through subsequent legislative reauthorizing statutes, with the latest revision occurring with the amendments made by the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which reauthorized the program as Title VII Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The IEA established the Office of Indian Education and the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. The various parts of the Act authorized a formula program and discretionary grant programs for Indian children and adults.
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:
- To meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of Indian students, so that such students can meet the challenging State academic standards;
- To ensure that Indian students gain knowledge and understanding of Native communities, languages, Tribal histories, traditions, and cultures; and
- 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
University of Oregon’s Grow Your Own Future Teachers Project is supported by an Indian Education Professional Development grant. The program’s Tribal Advisory Council recently won the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the university’s Division of Equity and Inclusion. Click here to view all 2022 award winners. Click here to watch the awards ceremony. Click here to learn more about the Sapsik’ʷałá Program’s Grow Your Own Future Teachers Project.
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