FY2016 Bureau of Indian Affairs Budget

To view the BIA’s 2016 budget in detail, click here.  An excerpt:

Tribal Education Departments (TEDs) [$2,000,000]:

Tribal Education Departments (TEDs) provide a multitude of services to promoting tribal educational priorities. The goal of these funds is to build the capacity of TEDs so they can coordinate educational services within reservations to better serve all tribal members. These funds will create opportunities to strengthen TED engagement with the multitude of other school systems operating within tribal reservations. These funds would be directed to strengthen the management and oversight of the education programs including BIE funded schools, school operations, adult education, scholarships, and other programs funded by the tribe and other federal agencies, under their jurisdiction. A first step for many tribes is the adoption and updating of tribal education codes to align a tribal education vision with policy. Two million dollars are requested to prioritize tribes with more than three BIE-funded schools on their reservation to establish a tribally managed school system.

Indian Affairs Budget Chapters

Here, h/t Turtle Talk:

2016_Indian Affairs Budget Request

An excerpt:

Advancing Indian Education – The Interior budget proposes a $1.0 billion investment in Indian education to support a comprehensive transformation of BIE. The multi-year process will transform BIE into an organization that serves as a capacity builder and service provider to support Tribes in educating their youth and deliver a worldclass and culturally appropriate education across Indian Country. The budget provides increases totaling $138.4 million for elementary and secondary school education activities funded by BIE and education construction. The request includes a program increase of $45.5 million in Elementary and Secondary education. An increase of $12.9 million is to fully fund Tribal Grant Support Costs which, similar to Contract Support Costs, assists Tribes that run their own schools by covering the costs of administering programs. The Education Program Enhancement program is increased by $10.0 million to provide incentive funding for schools. Requested facility maintenance and operations increases totaling $20.0 million will provide essential preventive and routine maintenance and operating expenses so that schools are operated in a safe and educationally conducive manner. The 2016 budget also includes a $34.2 million increase for education information technology that will enhance broadband and digital access for students at BIE-funded schools.

Here is the 2016_Tribal_Nations Budget.


NEW RELEASE – Tribal Education Departments National Assembly
Feb. 2, 2015


Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA) President Wayne Johnson congratulates President Obama on the FY16 Proposed Budget demonstrating his  commitment to self-determination for Indian Education by supporting increased funding for  BIE Schools, Native Youth, and tribal control of education.

“TEDNA expresses our appreciation to Congress and the President for paying specific attention to funding the 25 year-old authorization for the development of tribal education departments. Having this included in the FY15 budget and again in the FY16 budget recognizes the importance of local control for Tribal nations. While the $2 million dollar allocation is a step in the right direction, we hope to see increased funding in the future in order to provide for over 560 tribes with the support they need.” –  Wayne Johnson, Muskogee Creek, TEDNA President.

TEDNA The Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA) is long standing membership organization supported by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) whose mission is to improve the capacity and funding of tribes to address and advocate for the role of Tribal Education Departments, Tribal Education Agencies, and Tribal Divisions of Education in improving education for their tribal nations and members.

For More Information, Contact:  Quinton Roman Nose, 405-295-5691, qromannose@tedna.org, www.tedna.org

BBNA: Washington teacher, researcher testify on education law

Here, and an excerpt:

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle elementary school teacher and a University of Washington researcher testified Tuesday before Congress on the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, as lawmakers consider how to revise the framework for public schools.

Rachelle Moore, a first grade teacher at Madrona K-8 School, and Dan Goldhaber, director of the Center for Education Data and Research at the University of Washington, were asked by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray to share their opinions with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Murray, the senior U.S. senator from Washington state, is the ranking Democrat on the Senate committee. She has made updating the federal education law, which is formally known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a priority.

She wants to give states more flexibility in meeting education accountability goals, and focus on literacy for low-income kids, getting all students ready for careers and college and offering more support for tribal students, military kids and homeless children.

Moore, a national board certified teacher who has taught at Madrona for five years, spoke about mentoring teachers at the beginning of their careers to strengthen the nation’s public schools.

WP: Administration to seek $1 billion for tribal schools

Here, from Washington Post.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it will ask Congress for $1 billion next year to run schools for Native American children — including millions in new money to help fix crumbling buildings.

The request — $150 million more than in this year’s budget — sets aside $58 million in new funding for school construction and $18 million in new funding for repairs. It also seeks $33 million to expand the schools’ Internet capabilities.

“It’s hard not to feel sad or angry when I look at the condition of the facilities,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told reporters, adding, “We can and we must do better.”

The federally run schools situated primarily on remote and impoverished reservations are among the nation’s worst performing. About 48,000 students attend the 183 schools in 23 states.

The schools have a tainted legacy dating to the 19th century when Native American children were shipped to boarding schools. The federal government continues to have a treaty and trust responsibility to run them, but they’ve historically struggled with issues such as financial mismanagement, bureaucracy, poverty and attracting high-quality teachers.

Since President Barack Obama’s summer visit to a North Dakota reservation, the administration has pushed ahead with a plan to give tribes more control, but the endeavor has been complicated by the estimated $1 billion in disrepair at the schools.

Mold, mice and leaky roofs are among the problems. More than 60 of the schools are listed in poor condition, and less than one-third have the Internet and the computer capability to administer new student assessments rolling out in much of the country.

Late last year, Congress provided the schools with a $40 million bump in annual spending for 2015 over the previous year — about $19 million for school replacement. That meant funding to finish the Beatrice Rafferty school in Maine and design new facilities for the Little Singer Community and Cove Day schools in Arizona, according to the Interior Department.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., a member of the House Appropriations Committee and a Native American, said in a statement that he appreciates the effort to put more money into tribal education.

“In the days ahead, as my colleagues in the House and Senate seek to find common ground with the administration, I remain hopeful that we can make significant progress in Indian country during this session of Congress,” he said.