Please call and write letters to your congressional leaders today to protect the trust responsibility to Native education. Yesterday, Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) filed a bipartisan amendment to the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) to preserve Native education as a stand-alone title under current law. The U.S. House of Representatives is currently poised to consider H.R. 5 this coming Thursday, July 18. Without the amendment, the comprehensive education bill would merge current law’s Title VII — which includes Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian education programs — with Title I, potentially decreasing critical funding for our students and eliminating Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian programs.NIEA urges you to contact your congressional leaders now to protect Native education programs and funding.Action

  • Call your Member of Congress today to support the bipartisan amendment offered by Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) to restore Native programs.
  • Call House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) at (202) 225-2271 or e-mail him.

Talking Points

  • Merging Title VII into Title I would undercut the federal government’s trust responsibility to support high-quality academic and cultural education for Native students.
  • Eliminating Title VII as a stand-alone funding stream could also lead to decreases in funding needed to keep Native students on the path to college and career success.
  • Please support this important amendment to H.R. 5 that reestablishes the stand-alone title that helps our Native students achieve success for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Learn more about why congressional leaders should support this amendment by reading NIEA’s letter to Chairman Kline. Contact Clint Bowers, NIEA Research and Policy Associate, for more information.

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.

Along with or in some cases instead of investing tribal monies into gaming, why not invest in our tribes futures, by investing in (often most quoted) our “most valuable resource, our children/students.”

Many TEDs/Indian Educators are aware of the great needs but few are able to convince tribal leadership and tribal membership that an investment in our children will have greater returns than any of the current per capita distributions and some of the short lived limited tribal services.

Our tribal educators need courage and encouragement to go against the grain of status quo tribal policies.  Our tribes have become too dependent on external funding (from Head Start to College Scholarships) to serve our tribal members when they need funding and support.

Here is a great article on why it is so important to invest more in our education.

Quinton Roman Nose, Exe Dir

TEDNA