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Bureau of Indian Education: Sovereignty in Indian Education

Deadline: September 21, 2015

The purpose of the Sovereignty in Indian Education (SIE) Enhancement Program is to support tribes’ capacity to manage and operate tribally controlled schools as defined by the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988. These funds support the development of a school-reform plan to improve educational outcomes for students and improve efficiencies in the operation of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)-funded schools within a reservation, including for tribes to:

  • Research and define its adequate yearly progress (AYP)
  • Develop an implementation plan that will reform a tribe’s current organizational structure towards an expert and independent Tribal Education Department (TED) that supports schools and students
  • Cover the execution of the implementation plan with identified staffing, projected timelines, proposed budgets and activities

Amount: $100,000-$200,000 per fiscal year depending on the number of schools involved, student enrollment, the complexity of creating a new tribally managed school system, and the tribe’s technical approach.

In year 1 of the program, SIE will support tribes in the research and design of their tribally managed school systems. Year 2 funds, the implementation year, are awarded based on tribe’s approved support of the tribally managed school system plan.

Eligibility: Federally recognized Indian tribes with at least one BIE-funded school on tribal lands.

Link: http://www.bie.edu/Programs/Sovereignty/index.htm

Note: There are two pre-application webinars:

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm MST
  • Thursday, September 8, 2015 at 9:00 am MST

Registration links are available at the Federal Register Notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/08/28/2015-21338/sovereignty-in-indian-education

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