You can see the four education resolutions that passed at NCAI’s mid-year conference last week here.  An excerpt from the  Support for Equal Treatment of Tribal and State Education Departments by the U.S. Department of Education:

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Education has many competitive grant programs available to State Education Agencies (SEAs) but do not include Tribal Education Departments (TEDs) as eligible grant applicants; and

WHEREAS, several competitive grant applications explicitly exclude TEDs as eligible applicants; and

WHEREAS, these exclusions prohibit TEDs from being treated equally as SEAs to effectively serve their tribal students by administering title programs and funding; and

WHEREAS, parity between TEDs and SEAs levels the playing field for tribal communities to compete for and administer all competitive, discretionary grants available from the United States Department of Education.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NCAI supports and calls upon Congress to expand eligibility of all competitive, discretionary funding from the U.S. Department of Education to explicitly include Tribal Education Departments as eligible grant applicants and recipients; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NCAI hereby calls upon Congress to enact legislation that establishes parity between State Education Agencies and Tribal Education Departments; and

One thought on “NCAI Education Resolutions

  1. It doesn’t take more money to educate an Indian student. It just takes teachers who give a rats ass about the kids they are teaching. The teachers need to believe the Indian children are just as smart as any white kid and challenge them to learn at a higher level. Don’t dummy down our kids by acting like we need “special” learning. BIA and grants school should be run like the private prep schools they are.

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