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News Release: Assistant Secretary Washburn Announces More Than $1.7 Million in Funding to Build the Capacity of Tribal Education Departments and Promote the Control of BIE-Funded Schools

Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced that $1.75 million in funding is being made available to tribes through two Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) initiatives: The Sovereignty in Indian Education (SIE) Enhancement Program and the Tribal Education Department (TED) Grant Program. These programs assist federally recognized tribes with building their tribal education departments and promoting tribal control of their schools.

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Federal Register: Proposed Rule-Grants to Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities and Dine´ College

The Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978, as amended (TCCUA), authorizes Federal assistance to institutions of higher education that are formally controlled or have been formally sanctioned or chartered by the governing body of an Indian tribe or tribes. Passed at the same time as the TCCUA, the Navajo Community College Assistance Act of 1978, as amended (NCCA) authorizes Federal assistance to the Navajo Nation in construction, maintenance, and operation of Dine´ College. This proposed rule would update the TCCUA’s implementing regulations in light of amendments to the TCCUA in 1983, 1986, 1998 and 2008 and the NCCA’s implementing regulations in light of amendments to the NCCA in 2008.

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Federal Register: Advisory Board for Exceptional Children Meeting

The Bureau of Indian Education is announcing that the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children (Advisory Board) will hold its next meeting in Washington, DC. The purpose of the meeting is to meet the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 for Indian children with disabilities. Orientation for new members will be held September 16, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT. The Advisory Board will meet on September 17, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, September 18, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT.

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News Release: Haskell Accreditation Reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission

LAWRENCE, KS – The Higher Learning Commission has reaffirmed the accreditation of Haskell Indian Nations University and set the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation for 2024-25. HLC accreditation ensures academic programs meet nationally recognized standards and is required for universities to receive federal funds for student financial aid and research.

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News Release: Isleta Pueblo’s Landmark Transition to Full Operation and Management of Tribal Elementary School

ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Director Dr. Charles ‘Monty’ Roessel today joined U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and Isleta Pueblo Governor Edward Paul Torres Sr. to celebrate the landmark transfer of the pueblo’s elementary school to full tribal control. The transition is the first enabled by the Obama Administration’s Blueprint for Reform promoting educational selfdetermination for tribal communities and the President’s Generation Indigenous (GenI) initiative to improve the lives of Native youth by removing barriers to their success.

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Webinar: Fire Drill Requirements in Bureau of Indian Education Schools

The BIE in collaboration with the Division of Safety and Risk Management (DSRM)will conduct a webinar on fire drill requirements in BIE schools. During this one-hour webinar,DSRM will discuss circumstances where it may be necessary for employees, students, and visitors to evacuate occupied buildings in the event of an emergency. This webinar will also describe how to develop fire preparedness plans, establish emergency response teams and conduct fire drills as well as the role that they each play in safely evacuating employees from the workplace or reaching a fire-protected refuge area within the facility.

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Bureau of Indian Education Monthly Stakeholder Call

Please join the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) for our monthly stakeholder call on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 5:00 p.m-6:00 p.m. EDT. These stakeholder calls, held on the first Tuesday of each month, are part of BIE's effort to improve communication and create an ongoing dialog among the public, staff, school administrations, school boards, parents, tribal organizations and other interested parties about the restructuring of BIE. We welcome your questions and feedback as we move forward with the BIE reform and work together to improve educational opportunities for Native youth.

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Webinar: Fire Drill Requirements in Bureau of Indian Education Schools

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) in collaboration with the Division of Safety and Risk Management will conduct a webinar on Thursday, July 30, 2015 on fire drill requirements in BIE schools. During this one-hour webinar, Tom Kerstetter, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, will discuss circumstances where it may be necessary for employees, students, and visitors to evacuate occupied buildings in the event of an emergency. This webinar will also describe how to develop fire preparedness plans, establish emergency response teams and conduct fire drills as well as the role that they each play in safely evacuating employees from the workplace or reaching a fire-protected refuge area within the facility.

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Webinar: Fraud Awareness Briefing

In effort to increase fraud awareness, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Inspector General (OIG) coordinates and conducts Fraud Awareness Briefings (FAB). On Thursday, July 23, 2015, DOI OIG Investigative Analyst, Vicki Josupait, will conduct a one-hour FAB that is designed to educate Bureau of Indian Education personnel, contractors and recipients about various fraud schemes and indicators, as well as the need for strong internal controls to help them to prevent and detect fraud. In this webinar, the FAB will discuss real case examples, and how and where to report wrong-doing that is suspected.

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Bureau of Indian Education Monthly Stakeholder Call

Please join the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) for our monthly stakeholder call on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 5:00 p.m-6:00 p.m. EDT. These stakeholder calls, held on the first Tuesday of each month, are part of BIE's effort to improve communication and create an ongoing dialog among staff, school administrations, school boards, parents, tribal organizations and other interested parties about the restructuring of BIE. We welcome your questions and feedback as we move forward with the BIE reform and work together to improve educational opportunities for Native youth.

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As stated in Title 25 CFR Part 32.3, BIE’s mission is to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with a tribe’s needs for cultural and economic well-being, in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities. Further, the BIE is to manifest consideration of the whole person by taking into account the spiritual, mental, physical, and cultural aspects of the individual within his or her family and tribal or village context.

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