Department of Education Consultation – August 15, 2013 in Smith River, CA

The Department of Education is hosting its second Tribal Consultation this year.  The Consultation will take place at the Smith River Rancheria in Smith River, California.

Issues will include:

  • The American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) have published a request for information (RFI) for input on a proposed definition of the Department’s interpretation of “reservation” that would align it with the Government Accounting Office (GAO) interpretation.
  • Title VII Formula seek grantees through the Electronic Application System for Indian Education (EASIE). During the 2012-2013 grant cycles, some initial enhancements were made to the program, and additional work is planned for the 2013-2014 grant year. This will also include a revamp of the ED 506 form for eligibility to be more user friendly; we are asking for recommendation on the draft form of this document. 
  • General Updates in Indian Education

Title VII placed back in to H.R. 5, the Student Success Act

The Young-Gabbard-Hanabusa-McCollum Amendment passed the House and placed Title VII, and therefore Indian Education programs and funding, back into the House’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act Re-authorization.  This was a large push and we are thankful to everyone that assisted in pushing to keep Indian Education in the House’s bill.