Indianz – Secretary Jewell announces Bureau of Indian Education reform

Here. An excerpt:

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced plans to reform the Bureau of Indian Education in order to improve student achievement and strengthen tribal sovereignty.

 The Blueprint for Reform was developed in consultation with tribal leaders, Indian educators and other experts. It calls for a top-to-bottom restructuring of the BIE to put more control in the hands of tribal communities.

 “The future of Indian Country rests on ensuring American Indian children receive a world-class education that honors their cultures, languages and identities as Indian people,” Jewell said in a press release. “The redesign of the BIE reflects President Obama’s commitment to promoting tribal self-governance and self-determination, enabling the BIE to more effectively support tribal educators who best understand the unique needs of their communities.”

The Secretarial Order is here. To learn more about the proposed restructuring that the American Indian Education Study Group put forward, go here.

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