Department of Education Consultations

The Department of Education has prepared a revision to its policy for your consideration and comment. Tribal consultation on this draft will take place at the following dates and locations:

  • 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

We encourage your written comments. Please submit them to this website from now until July 13, 2015. SEND COMMENTS TO: Tribalconsultation@ed.gov.

More can be seen here.

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

 

BIE Consultation and Comments

The Bureau of lndian Education (BIE) will be conducting consultation meetings to obtain oral and written comments on the restructuring of the BIE. The consultation meetings are a continuation of tribal consultations conducted by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Education in 2014.

DATES: See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document for dates of tribal consultation sessions. We will consider all comments received by May 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

ADDRESSES:
See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document for the locations of these tribal consultation sessions. Submit comments by mail or hand-deliver written comments to:

Jacquelyn Cheek, Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Indian Education
1849 C Street, NW, Mailstop 4657-MIB
Washington, DC 20240
facsimile: (202) 208-3112; or e-mail to: IAEDTCCMTS@bia.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacquelyn Cheek, Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Indian Education, telephone: (202) 208-6983.

To see the notice and supplementary information, click here.

NEW DATES: Dept. of Education: Tribal Consultations and Listening Sessions

2014 Listening Sessions

The goal of this first-ever school environment listening tour is to hear from students, schools and communities on ways to better meet the unique educational and culturally-related academic needs of Native American students. The listening sessions are focusing on school environment – bullying, student discipline and offensive imagery and symbolism. WHIAIANE will gather feedback during the tour and consider how it can inform future action to ensure Native American students receive a high quality education.

The first stop on the tour was held on Oct. 10, in Franklin, Wisconsin, at the Indian Community School of Milwaukee. Future sessions this fall will be held in Lacrosse, Wisconsin; Seattle, Washington; East Lansing, Michigan; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Troy, New York, and Los Angeles, California.

If you are not able to attend a listening session in person, please submit a written version of your comments and experiences to tribalconsultation@ed.gov. We are collecting comments, experiences, and stories to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing Native American students’ and their school environment.

The remaining dates are as follows:

November 11, 2014- Los Angeles, CA
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm PT
Autry National Center of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027

November 18, 2014- Oklahoma City, OK
Time: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm CT
Oklahoma City Public Schools
Administration Building
900 N Klein
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

November 19, 2014- Lansing, MI
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET
Kellogg Conference Center
Michigan State University
55 S Harrison Ave
East Lansing, MI 48824

November 21, 2014- Tulsa, OK
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm CT
Wilson Teaching and Learning Academy
2710 E 11th Street South
Tulsa, OK 74104

November 24, 2014- Seattle, WA
Time: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm PT
Daybreak Star Cultural Center
5011 Bernie Whitebear Way
Seattle, WA 98199

For more information, click here.