[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 59 (Thursday, March 27, 2014)]
[Pages 17177-17178]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-06829]



Bureau of Indian Affairs


Indian Education Study Group

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of tribal consultation.


SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior, in conjunction with the U.S. 
Department of Education (ED), will conduct a series of consultation 
sessions with Indian tribes to review and provide feedback on the draft 
actionable recommendations prepared by the American Indian Education 
Study Group.

DATES: Submit written comments on or before June 2, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted to: Jacquelyn Cheek, 
Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Indian Education, 1849 C 
Street NW., Mail Stop 3609, Washington, DC 20240; telephone (202) 208-
6983 or fax (202) 208-3312 or by email to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacquelyn Cheek, Special Assistant to 
the Director, Bureau of Indian Education, at the above listed address 
and telephone number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretaries of the U.S. Department of 
the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) have 
convened an American Indian Education Study Group (Study Group) to 
determine how to effectively fulfill President Obama's vision for 
Indian Education. The Study Group focused on how to facilitate tribal 
sovereignty in American Indian education and how to improve educational 
outcomes for students attending BIE-funded schools. The Study Group 
previously engaged with tribal leaders and Indian educators in six 
listening sessions on improving Indian education for BIE to develop 
draft actionable recommendations.
    Based on input from these listening sessions, the Study Group has 
identified a framework for reform with a goal of high-achieving 
tribally controlled schools. This goal would allow the schools to 
deliver methods and practices for every BIE student to meet and exceed 
high expectations and be well prepared for college, careers, and tribal 
and global citizenship. The Study Group believes that, in order to 
reach this goal, the Obama Administration, Congress, and tribes must 
focus on the following four pillars of reform:

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     Pillar One: Effective Teachers and Principals--Help tribes 
identify, recruit, retain and empower diverse, highly effective 
teachers and principals to maximize student achievement in all tribally 
controlled schools.
     Pillar Two: Agile Organizational Environment--Build a 
responsive organization with appropriate authority, resources, and 
services to tribes so they can help their students attain high levels 
of student achievement.
     Pillar Three: A Budget That Supports New Capacity Building 
Mission--Develop a budget that is aligned to and supports BIE's new 
mission of tribal capacity building and scaling up best practices.
     Pillar Four: Comprehensive Supports Through Partnerships--
Foster and cultivate family, community and organizational partnerships 
to provide the social and emotional supports BIE students need in order 
to be ready to learn.
    The Study Group will hear input from tribal representatives on 
these pillars of reform and the actionable recommendations at 
consultation sessions and by written comment. Tribal representatives 
are invited to discuss other education topics and concerns, as time 
allows. If a tribal representative cannot attend, we invite you to 
submit written comments to the contact listed in the ADDRESSES section.
    The table below provides the date, time, and location for each 
consultation session:

                                 Time (all times
             Date                     local)              Location
Monday, April 28, 2014........  9 a.m. to 5 p.m..  Loneman Day School,
                                                    Oglala, SD.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014.....  9 a.m. to 5 p.m..  Riverside Indian
                                                    School, Anadarko,
Friday, May 2, 2014...........  9 a.m. to 5 p.m..  Muckleshoot School,
                                                    Auburn, WA.
Monday, May 5, 2014...........  9 a.m. to 5 p.m..  Gila River Head Start
                                                    Bldg., Sacaton, AZ.

    For additional information on the consultation sessions and the 
Study Group, please visit: http://www.bie.edu/NewsEvents/StudyGroup/index.htm.

    Dated: March 21, 2014.
Kevin K. Washburn,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2014-06829 Filed 3-26-14; 8:45 am]