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News Release: Interior Department Announces New Funding for Tribal Education

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Director Dr. Charles M. “Monty” Roessel today in announcing important funding to help further the Department of the Interior’s goal to transform and improve the quality of education students receive at tribal schools funded by the BIE.Funding will build the capacity of tribal education departments, help increase access to higher education.

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FBMS Personal Identification Verification Card Access

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) FBMS users are now be required to use two-factor authentication, a second means to identify users to access FBMS. BIE will utilize a Personal Identification Verification (PIV) Card, which will be inserted into a reader with a PIN number, in order to access FBMS. All BIE FBMS users must have their PIV card activated and use it to access FBMS no later than July 13, 2015.

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U.S. Departments of Education and Interior Announce Grant to Assist Pine Ridge School Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – William Mendoza, Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education at the U.S. Department of Education, and Dr. Charles M. “Monty” Roessel, Director of the Bureau of Indian Education, today announced that the Pine Ridge School in South Dakota has received $218,000 at their request under the U.S. Department of Education’s Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant program to aid in recovery from student suicides and suicide attempts.

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Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Climate Change Photo Contest

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has announced their 1st Tribal Climate Change Photo Contest for American Indian and Alaska Native students grades K-12. The purpose of this photo contest is to help students understand climate change and allow them to identify culture, economic, physical, ecosystem, and other vulnerabilities in the world around them through the lens of climate change. As a result, students will be given the opportunity showcase their artistic skills while expressing what is valued in their culture and community.

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Miccosukee Alternative Definition of Adequate Yearly Progress Approval Letter

Letter from U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the approval of the Miccosukee Indian Schools request for alternative definition of adequate yearly progress.

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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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WEBINAR: Safety and Risk Management

The Bureau of Indian Education in partnership with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Safety and Risk Management (DSRM) will conduct a webinar on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT to provide an overview of DSRM and the Office of Facilities, Property, and Safety Management (OFPSM). During this one-hour webinar, Thomas Kerstetter, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, will discuss the roles and responsibilities, major activities and day-to-day operations of DSRM and OFPSM as well as the importance of establishing Safety and Health Committees. We welcome your questions and comments during this webinar.

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Indian Affairs Facilities Management System (MAXIMO) Training Schedule

Indian Affairs Division of Facilities Management and Construction has announced their FY 2015 Facilities Management System (MAXIMO) Training Schedule.

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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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