Failure of Care in Education has Led Tribe to Sue U.S.

Havasupai Elementary, one of the many  tribal schools that are facing poverty, high drop out rate, and some of the worst conditions on reservations is taking action against the U.S. Sheldon Manakaja, a council member said, “you have eighth graders reading and writing on a second-third-grade level.” The condition of the building reported mold, asbestos, faulty electrical systems, structural problems, and other deficiencies throughout the school. The Trump administration as not claimed a position on these schools. Nor has the Interior Department.

To read the entire article from The New York Times, click here.

Peer Review for the U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking highly qualified individuals to serve as peer reviewers of State plans. Peer reviewers will evaluate whether each State plan meets statutory and regulatory requirements and the degree to which each State plan will support the improvements within the areas of: consultation and performance management; academic assessments; accountability, support, and improvement for schools. If your State can improve from any of the areas mentioned above, then make a difference by applying to become a peer reviewer.

The link to the application click here.
Deadline for the application is January 27, 2017.

 

8 Facts Parents Need to Know About Tribal Consultation in Public Education

U.S. Department of Education, OESE Dear Colleague Letter “Tribal Consultation FAQ”

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued guidance detailing the steps states and school districts must take to help ensure the ideas, opinions, and requests of tribal leaders, educators and organizations are heard, respected and considered. Almost half a million AI/AN students attend public schools, representing more than 90 percent of the AI/AN school-age population. […]

Read full article at Indian Country Today Media Network

Click for USDE Dear Colleague Letter ESSA FAQ on Tribal Consultation Guidance

Interagency Native American Languages Summit 2016

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE) will be hosting a Native American Languages Summit, as agreed to under the Memorandum of Agreement on Native Languages signed in 2012. The purpose of the 2016 Summit is to share across federal agencies and with Native American language programs, the various resources available to preserve, protect, and promote Native Americans rights to use their indigenous languages anywhere, including as a medium of instruction in schools.

To register for this session, please click here. For more information about the 2016 Summit or NIEA Pre-Convention Meetings please click here.

Do you know about the lawsuit between the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe against the BIE Reorganization?

The Department of Interior has proposed reorganizing the Bureau of Indian Education in order to improve Indian Education across the States. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe sued the DOI to seek a permanent injunction to block the proposed restructuring. Does the DOI have the right to restructure BIE, how does this improve education, and do other tribes have a say?  To read more about the case please click here.

 

Visiting Indigenous Scholarship Fellowship

The University of Victoria in Canada is establishing a fellowship for a Visiting Indigenous Scholar to be appointed to the faculty. The fellowship is valued at $10,000 for the semester.

The application deadline is September 19, 2016. To apply: please submit a cover letter and resume to Dr. Margaret Cameron, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Humanities at margaret@uvic.ca.

For more information please see the flyer below.

Visiting Indigenous Scholar Fellowship – 2016-17