Webinar on BIE Reorganization

Tue, Oct 13, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MDT

Join NCAI and the Bureau of Indian Education to hear the latest information pertaining to the BIE reorganization efforts. This webinar will be an opportunity for tribal leaders, educators, and other stakeholders to hear about the goals of the BIE reorganization and how the proposed plan for realignment (letter to Representative Calvert attached) will improve the delivery of educational services to Native students consistent with the Blueprint for Reform.

Denise Desiderio, Policy Director – NCAI (Introduction)
Charles (Monty) Roessel, Director – Bureau of Indian Education
Don Yu, Chief Schools Transformation Officer

Register here.

Norton Sound Education Summit: Our Education, Our Cultures, Our Time

The Norton Sound Education Workgroup is working with Northwest Planning to host a 2015 Education Summit with the theme of Our Education, Our Cultures, Our Time.

With the goal of improving educational opportunities and outcomes for students from Early Head Start through Post-secondary Education in the Norton Sound region, a number of entities have come together to form the Norton Sound Education Work Group and organize a regional education summit in Nome this coming October 9-11, 2015.

Registration and more information available at the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation website — www.nsedc.com

Native American Rights Fund: National Day of Prayer for Native American Sacred Places


From NARF:

For our friends in the Colorado region, please join us this Friday, June 19, for a sunrise ceremony that will be held at 7:00 a.m. on the front lawn of the Native American Rights Fund at 1506 Broadway in Boulder, Colorado.

The program and prayer service will last about one hour, followed by a potluck breakfast. Speakers will include Kiowa elder, Andy Cozad, and NARF attorneys involved in sacred places work.  Speakers will be followed by a moment of silence in honor of the many sacred places that are being threatened, damaged, and destroyed today.

Federal Register Notice on BIA/BIE TED Grants

Here. An excerpt:

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) announces the availability of grants to tribes and their tribal education departments for projects identified at 25 U.S.C. 2020.
This notice invites tribes with BIE funded schools on or near Indian lands
to submit grant proposals.
DATES: Grant proposals must be received by June 15, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The BIE will hold pre application training sessions, see
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for more information.

Save The Date: Office of Indian Education Pre-application Webinar (STEP Program)

The Office of Indian Education (OIE) Pre-application Webinar for the 2015 New Award Competition of State Tribal Education Partnership program (STEP) will be held on:

April 30, 2015, 2:00 to 4:00 pm EDT 

The webinar will provide important information to assist potential applicants to complete their submissions for the 2015 competition and address the same material. This webinar will be recorded and archived for a limited time. Presentation for the webinar and questions and answers generated from the webinar will be available to the public.

To Access the webinar please go to:  https://msg.adobeconnect.com/step/event/registration.html

Phone Number: 1-800-832-0736
Room Number:

On April 16, 2015, the Department of Education published in the Federal Register a notice inviting applications for the 2015 State Tribal Education Partnerships (STEP) program. The new competition officially opened on Thursday, April 16, 2015 and will close on June 15, 2015. Notices of intent to apply must be received by May 21, 2015.

The purposes of this program are to: (1) Promote increased collaboration between tribal education agencies (TEAs) and the State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) that serve students from the affected tribes; and (2) build the capacity of TEAs to conduct certain administrative functions under certain Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) formula grant programs for eligible schools, as determined by the TEA, SEA, and LEA.

The Federal Register link to the official announcement is here:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-16/pdf/2015-08681.pdf

 For additional information on the STEP program please contact Shahla Ortega at Shahla.Ortega@Ed.Gov .

The Office of Indian Education may be found online at this link:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oie/index.html

Save the Date: BIE Tribal Consultation Dates and Locations

Tribal Consultation Sessions
Save-the-Date for the following:

April 13, 2015 Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, ND
April 22, 2015 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
April 26, 2015 Tribal Self-Governance Conference, Reno, NV
June 28, 2015 NCAI Mid-Year Meeting, St. Paul, MN

Registration and more information, please go to: www.edtribalconsultations.org

Preliminary topics for Consultation include:

  • ED’s efforts to implement the President’s Generation Indigenous Initiative;
  • Civil Rights in Tribally Controlled Schools
  • Native Student Environment Initiative update
  • ED’s revised tribal consultation policy
  • Native Language Memorandum of Agreement update


Michigan Tribal Education Directors’ Conference, April 14-16

Here is the save the date. The information:

With support of several local Indigenous Educational Organizations, the Michigan Tribal Education Directors (MTED) hope to foster relationships that provide direct contact with decision makers from all areas of education. Our goal is to strengthen the web of opportunity, both educationally and culturally, for all students currently being served in Michigan schools.

We strongly encourage both Native and non-Native stakeholders to Come, Learn, and Participate: Superintendents, Program Directors, Principals, Teachers, Counselors and Social Workers, Tribal Councils, Tribal Education Directors, Native Parents, Native Student Organizations and Tribal Colleges.

We hope to include you as we continue to strengthen partnerships in the new era of Native Education for all. Breakout sessions include implementing the most effective methodologies for teaching Native students including such topics as historical trauma and tribal sovereignty curriculum.

Whether you teach Native students, are a Native educator, or work for a government or non-profit education agency, you’ll leave the Educators Conference having fostered relationships and strengthened the web of opportunity—educational and cultural—for all students.

April 14 –16, 2015
Silver Creek Event Center
Four Winds Casino Resort
New Buffalo, Michigan

Free Webinar: Is Your Tribe Prepared for Tribal Governance in Education: Laws, Codes, Infrastructure & Personnel

TEDNA is proud to present:

Is Your Tribe Prepared for Tribal Governance in Education: Laws, Codes, Infrastructure & Personnel

A free webinar presented by Melody McCoy, NARF
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2pm MDT

  1. To join our webinar, follow this link a few minutes prior to the start time: https://esd113.adobeconnect.com/tedna/
  2. Keep the “Enter As Guest” button selected, enter your name and your affiliation Example: Skuya Zephier (TEDNA)
  3. Click Enter Room
  4. A box will pop up explaining tips for using Adobe Connect as  guest, including directions to ask a question and viewing the shared screen.
  5. When finished, click the x in the corner of the tips box. You are now logged in.
  6. There is no call in information, the audio will all be online and through your computer.  Make sure you have your computer speakers turned on.
  7. That is it, you are now able to watch the webinar on your computer!

Please join us on Friday afternoon! If you are unable to do so, the webinar will be available here at http://www.TEDNA.org the following week.