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

 

The Student Success Act, H.R. 5, was reported out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 19, 2013.  This is the House of Representative’s re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (“ESEA”).  Notably, Indian Education, which is in Title VII of the current ESEA, has been removed and replaced into Title I of H.R. 5.  Several of the Indian education programs have been removed as well.  TEDNA’s preliminary comments are here.