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Federal Register: Notice of Johnson-O'Malley Program Tribal Consultation Meetings

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) will be conducting three consultation sessions from December 15-17, 2015 to obtain oral and written comments on issues concerning the Johnson O’Malley (JOM) program. The sessions continue the previous dialogues conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and BIE in 2012 and 2015. The deadline to submit comments is January 15, 2016.

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Federal Register: Notice of Intent To Establish a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is announcing its intent to establish an Accountability Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. The Committee will recommend revisions to the existing regulations for BIE’s accountability system. As required by applicable statutes, the Secretary will select representatives of Indian tribes for the Committee from among individuals nominated by tribes whose students attend BIE-funded schools operated by either the BIE or by the tribe through a contract or grant and who would be affected by a final rule.

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Eight Tribes Receive Nearly $2.5 Million in Grants; Funds Help Tribes Take Control of Own Educational Program

Eight federally recognized tribes will collectively receive $2.5 million in grant awards from the U.S. Departments of Education and Interior to bolster their educational programs and advance self-determination goals through the development of academically rigorous and culturally relevant programs.

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Assistant Secretary Washburn Announces Two Initiatives to Provide Learning, Training Opportunities for Native Youth in Water Resource Management and Designing Energy Solutions

As part of President Obama's Generation Indigenous ("Gen-I") initiative to remove barriers standing between Native youth and their opportunities to succeed, Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced two Indian Affairs initiatives offering learning and training opportunities to Native youth: the Native American Water Corps internships and the Energy Challenge for Native Youth

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National Congress of American Indians Resolution Supporting the Bureau of Indian Education's Reorganization and Reprogramming of Funding

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest and largest American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interest of tribal governments and communities, passed a resolution supporting the Bureau of Indian Education’s (BIE) reorganization and reprogramming of funding. Resolution #SD-15-073, passed on October 23, 2015, at the 72nd NCAI Annual Convention supports the Department of the Interior and BIE in their continued efforts to reform BIE in a manner that improves student achievement and respects tribal sovereignty.

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Johnson-O'Malley Program Tribal Consultation Sessions

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) will be conducting three consultation sessions between December 15 and 17, 2015 to obtain oral and written comments on issues concerning the Johnson O’Malley (JOM) program. The sessions continue the previous dialogues conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and BIE in 2012 and 2015.

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Webinar: Developing Emergency Response Plans

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) in collaboration with the Indian Affairs Office of Facilities, Property and Safety Management-Division of Safety and Risk Management (DSRM) will now conduct an ongoing webinar series held on the third Thursday of each month. As part of this series, BIE and DSRM will hold a webinar on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT on the development of Emergency Action and Continuity of Operations Plans for BIE schools. During this one-hour webinar, Derrick Chee, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, will provide an overview on developing Emergency Action Plans, policies and procedures, duties and responsibilities and share examples that range from tornado to active shooter Emergency Action Plans.

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BIE Information Session at the National Congress of American Indians 72nd Annual Convention

Please join the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) for our Information Session at the National Congress of American Indian's (NCAI) 72nd Annual Convention & Marketplace at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, California on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In this information session, tribal leaders, educators, and other stakeholders will hear from the BIE senior leadership on the efforts to reform the BIE. BIE Director Dr. Charles Roessel and Chief Transformation Officer, Don Yu, will discuss efforts to realign personnel and offices in accordance with reorganization plans.

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Webinar: The Bureau of Indian Education Reorganization

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is undertaking a reform of its entire administrative and management level to meet the needs of a changing tribal and school environment to improve academic student success. The BIE will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT to provide an update on the reorganization. During this 90­minute webinar, the presenter, BIE Director Dr. Monty Roessel, will explain the purpose of the reorganization, the need for the BIE to move from a command and control organization to a service support organization, and how these efforts will seamlessly translate into improved student outcomes and educational opportunities for Native youth.

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BIE Open Town Hall Meetings at the 46th Annual NIEA Convention

The Bureau of Indian Education will be holding two open town hall meetings and a webinar on the reorganization at the National Indian Education Association's 46th Annual Convention in Portland, OR on Wednesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 16, 2015.

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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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