Native American Language Program

Office of Indian Education


Discretionary/Competitive Grants

Native American Language (NAL@ED) Program

The purposes of the NAL@ED program are to support schools that use Native American and Alaska Native languages as the primary language of instruction; maintain, protect, and promote the rights and freedom of Native Americans and Alaska Natives to use, practice, maintain, and revitalize their languages, as envisioned in the Native American Languages Act of 1990 (25 U.S.C. 2901 et seq.); and support the Nation’s First Peoples’ efforts to maintain and revitalize their languages and cultures, and to improve educational opportunities and student outcomes within Native American and Alaska Native communities.

Important Dates

  • Application Package Available: July 14, 2020 on
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 28, 2020
  • Pre-Application and Technical Assistance Virtual Events:
    • July 21, 2020, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Eastern Time LISTEN HERE
    • July 31, 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Eastern Time (repeat of July 21 workshop) LISTEN HERE
    • TA Session: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned, Thursday, August 6, 2020, 4:00 – 5:30 pm Eastern Time  LISTEN HERE

Please continue to check the Office of Indian Education’s Program web pages at, or contact NAL@ED.GOV for details on how to participate in the technical assistance events.


Last Modified: 08/14/2020