Bureau of Indian Education | Indian Education Study Group

Indian Education Study Group

Secretary of the Interior Jewell and Secretary of Education Duncan have convened an American Indian Education Study Group (Study Group), which will be overseen by the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. The Study Group will visit schools and classrooms, Tribal Governments, and Indian Affairs employees to gather information, listen to your concerns and, most importantly, try to find ways to improve American Indian education.

Indian Education Study Group wants your help.  Read about the Indian Education Study Group and provide your solutions at the following mailbox:  IAEDSolutions@BIA.GOV

November 5, 2013:  Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn sent a letter to Tribal Leaders inviting them to participate in a listening session on Indian Education at the Department of the Interior on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

Upcoming events:

 See Federal Register Notice published on March 27, 2014 by clicking this link. 

 PowerPoint slides are provided here.  Slides were updated on April 17, 2014.

 Draft Report for Purpose of Tribal Consultation - April 17, 2014. 


Tribal Consultation Schedule


Time (all times are local

April 28, 20149 a.m. to 5 p.m.Loneman Day School, Oglala, SD
April 30, 20149 a.m. to 5 p.m.Riverside Indian School, Anadarko, OK
May 2, 20149 a.m. to 5 p.m.Muckleshoot School, Auburn, WA
May 5, 20149 a.m. to 5 p.m.Gila River Head Start Building, Sacaton, AZ


If you are unable to attend one of the consultation sessions listed above, please submit your comments to the following mailbox:  IAEDTC-CMT@BIA.GOV.  Thank you.


Meetings held:

September 9, 2013:  Convening of the Indian Education Study Group

September 24 - 26, 2013:   NavajoTribal Education Department; Gila River Tribal Education Department; and Isleta Pueblo Tribal Education Department -- Visits to To"Hajiilee Day School and Isleta Elementary School. 

October 30 - November 1:  Rapid City, South Dakota; break out sessions at the National Indian Education Association Meeting -- Visits to American Horse School and Loneman School.

January 10, 2014:  Listening Session  held at Gila Community High School, 465 West Pecos Road, Laveen, Arizona 85337 Additional details can be found by clicking the link found HERE.

March 13, 2014:  Presentation at the NCAI Executive Winter Session in Washington, D.C.