Bureau of Indian Education | Consultations



Draft Agency Plan

BIE’s Agency Plan is intended to provide details on how the BIE should implement the requirements for standards, assessments, and accountability system (SAAS) for BIE-funded schools. As such, during consultation BIE seeks input from Indian Tribes, school boards, parents, Indian organizations, and other interested parties regarding best practices for school improvement and support to lowest performing schools as well as the overall vision for improving outcomes for BIE-funded school students as defined in 25 CFR part 30.

BIE will host three Tribal consultations sessions and two public and stakeholder sessions.  All sessions will be conducted virtually through webinar and teleconference.  Schedule and webinar registration information is as follows:

Tribes April 27, April 29, and May 1 5 p.m.-7p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Public  April 28 and April 30  5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

 Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.




BIE Standards, Assessment, and Accountability

In July 2018, the Secretary of the Interior established the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Standards, Assessments, and Accountability System Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee), to provide the Secretary with recommendations on the development of regulations to define BIE's standards, assessments and accountability system consistent with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) section 1111 (20 U.S.C. § 6311), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act.  In addition, the Committee was asked to provide recommendations that encourage the exercise of the authority of Tribal governing bodies or school boards to adopt their own standards, assessments, and accountability system through the use of waivers as described in ESEA section 8204(c).

On June 10, 2019, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published the proposed rule in the Federal Register.  To view the proposed rule, please click here.  In addition, the Tribal Leader letter announcing the consultation sessions is available here.  The comment period of Friday, August 9, 2019, has closed.


Additional information that will be provided at the consultation is also available below:

For information on past tribal consultation sessions and to view transcripts, visit here.   



Draft Bureau of Indian Education Strategic Plan


 The Bureau of Indian Education conducted six national tribal consultations throughout the United States. At each of these consultations, BIE gathered the input of tribal leadership on the organizational design recommended by the BIE’s Blueprint for Reform. The purpose of each session focused on the following:

  • The proposed reorganization based on the Secretarial Order 3334 which calls for the restructuring of the BIE into an innovative organization that will improve operations for both tribally-controlled and BIE-operated schools.

  • The proposed changes have two primary objectives: 1) strengthen BIE’s capability to address school operating needs; and 2) provide greater oversight and improved service delivery to BIE operated and tribally controlled schools.


A Federal Register notice was sent to announce the tribal consultations throughout the country. The tribal consultations began with an Overview of the Proposed Reorganization PowerPoint presentation explaining the reorganization followed with an open discussion. These tribal consultations occurred at the following dates and locations:

National Tribal Consultations

·         April 22, 2015­ – Ramkota Inn, 2111 N. Lacrosse Street, Rapid City, SD (Tribal Consultation Transcript)

·         April 24, 2015 – United South & Eastern Tribes Headquarters, 711 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville, TN (Tribal Consultation Transcript)

·         April 27, 2015 – Navajo DOT, #16 Old Coalmine Road, Mentmore, NM (Tribal Consultation Transcript)

·         April 29, 2015 – Webinar (Tribal Consultation Transcript)

Additional Tribal Consultations

·         May 01, 2015 – Renaissance, 10 North Broadway Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK (Tribal Consultation Transcript)

·         May 15, 2015 – Isleta Casino, Seminar Room, Albuquerque, NM (Tribal Consultation Transcript)

Regional and Individual Tribal Consultations (2015)

·         February 11 – Southern Pueblos

·         February 18 – Oglala Sioux Tribe

·         February 19 – Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

·         March 2 - Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

·         March 3 – Crow Creek Sioux

·         March 3 – Lower Brule Sioux

·         March 4 – Yankton Sioux

·         March 16 – Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

·         March 17 – Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians

·         March 23 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

·         March 26 – Rosebud Sioux Tribe

·         March 26 – United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), Nashville, TN

·         April 13 – Northern Pueblos 


The deadline for comments was extended from May 15, 2015 to Friday, May 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm. 

American Indian Education Study Group Recommendations Tribal Consultations

In 2014, the American Indian Education Study Group hosted a series of tribal consultations to gather input on the Blueprint for Reform.

·         April 28, 2014 – Oglala, SD (Tribal Consultation Transcript)

·         April 30, 2014 – Andarko, OK (Tribal Consultation Transcript)

·         May 2, 2014 – Auburn, WA (Tribal Consultation Transcript)

·         May 5, 2014 – Sacaton, AZ (Tribal Consultation Transcript)


Streamlining Consultations

In tandem with the Indian Affairs consultations, the Bureau of Indian Education is consulting on the following items:

Johnson O'Malley (JOM) Student Count Update

Public Law 100-297 Assurance Statement

 BIE - U.S. Department of Education -- Memorandum of Understanding

Consultation Meeting Minutes - MOU

 BIE Flexibility Waiver Request from sections of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

BIE ESEA Flexibility Waiver Consultation Transcripts: