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

TEDNA will be hosting a Congressional Briefing regarding Indian education on July 11.  The purpose of the TEDNA Congressional Briefing is to enlighten the staff of Senators’ and Representatives’ offices as to what Tribal Education Departments and Agencies (“TEDs/TEAs”) are currently doing in their respective areas i.e., existing education programs, student data systems, types of student services and how they are working with their Local Education Agencies and their State Education Agency.