DOI Announces $2.5 Million to Promote Tribal Control and Operation of BIE-Funded Schools

Interior Department Announces $2.5 million to Promote Tribal Control and Operation of BIE-Funded Schools

Funding Opportunity Part of Bureau of Indian Education’s implementation of American Indian Education Study Group’s “Blueprint for Reform;” Sovereignty in Indian Education grants will promote tribal self-determination in education through tribal control of BIE-funded schools

WASHINGTON, D.C.–As part of the Obama Administration’s historic commitment to ensurethat all students attending Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools receive an effectiveeducation delivered to them by tribes, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary–Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced that the BIE will fund $2.5million in Sovereignty in Indian Education competitive grants. The purpose of these grants is to provide funding to federally recognized tribes and their tribal education departments to promotetribal control and operation of BIE-funded schools on their reservations.

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Congressional Internship for Native Americans – Rep. Ruiz

Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) seeks Native American interns for his Washington, D.C. office.

Rep. Ruiz is an American medical doctor and politician. He is a member of the United States House of Representatives and a member of the Democratic Party. In what was considered a major upset, Ruiz defeated incumbent, Rep. Mary Bono Mack in the November 2012 general election in California’s 36th congressional district. Ruiz is running for re-election in 2014.

Click here for more information about becoming a congressional intern.

Click here to apply for a Capitol Hill internship in Rep. Ruiz’s office.

ICT – Semester in Washington Program Designed for Natives

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Designed specifically for Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian undergraduate students interested in the nation’s political process and beginning a career in politics, the Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) allows qualified applicants to participate in George Washington University’s (GWU) Semester in Washington. Since 1995 George Washington University’s Semester in Washington has brought college students from around the globe to experience the excitement of national and international politics with hands-on learning experiences in the legislative process including political campaigning, international relations, lobbying strategies, and more.

The NAPLP scholarship allows Native students to experience this incredible and invaluable educational opportunity at no cost. Accepted NAPLP applicants receive individual scholarships to cover round trip airfare, tuition, housing, books, fees and even a stipend for living expenses throughout the duration of their stay in the capital. For more information about the program including coursework, internship opportunities, and application requirements, visit the George Washington University’s website at