[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 199 (Tuesday, October 17, 2017)]
[Page 48241]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-22446]

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Bureau of Indian Affairs

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Bureau of Indian Education Strategic Plan

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of tribal consultations.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Indian Education 
(BIE) will conduct a series of consultation sessions regarding its 
proposed strategic plan. The BIE will conduct five on-site tribal 
consultation sessions and one telephonic session. The on-site 
consultation sessions will be held at geographically diverse locations 
across the country to maximize Tribal input early in the process. The 
telephonic session will be held on December 14, 2017.

DATES: The BIE will conduct the following five on-site consultation 
sessions and one telephonic consultation. The on-site sessions will be 
    1. Wednesday November 15, 2017, in Salem, OR from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 
p.m. PST.
    2. Tuesday November 28, 2017, in Anadarko, OK from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 
p.m. CST.
    3. Tuesday December 5, 2017, in Bismarck, ND from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 
p.m. MDT.
    4. Tuesday December 12, 2017, in Albuquerque, NM from 1:00 p.m.-
5:00 p.m. MDT.
    The last session will be held telephonically and by webinar on 
Thursday December 14, 2017, by calling 631-992-3221 and entering the 
passcode 759-763-471. The Web site for the webinar is https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7727750735595699458, and the webinar 
ID is 993-210-731. This session can accommodate 500 participants.

ADDRESSES: The on-site sessions will be held at the following 

 Wednesday November 15, 2017, on-site consultation session will 
be held at Chemawa Indian School Auditorium, 3700 Chemawa Road NE., 
Salem, OR 97305
 Tuesday November 28, 2017, on-site consultation session will 
be held at Riverside Indian School, 101 Riverside Drive, Anadarko, OK 
 Tuesday December 5, 2017, on-site consultation session will be 
held at United Tribes Technical College, Lewis Goodhouse Wellness 
Center, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504
 Tuesday December 12, 2017, on-site consultation session will 
be held at the National Indian Programs Training Center, 1011 Indian 
School Road NW., Albuquerque, NM 87104

    The draft strategic plan will be available at: https://www.bie.edu/consultation/index.htm. Send written comments to Ms. Paulina Bell, 
Bureau of Indian Education, by any of the following methods: (Preferred 
method) email: [email protected]; mail, hand-carry or use an 
overnight courier service to Bureau of Indian Education, ATTN: Ms. 
Paulina Bell, RE: BIE Draft Strategic Plan Consultation Comments, 1849 
C Street NW., Mail Stop 3609, Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Paulina Bell, Bureau of Indian 
Education; telephone: (202) 208-3479.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BIE is committed to improving and 
enhancing its service delivery and improving the education of Indian 
students served by BIE-funded schools. The BIE is developing a bureau-
wide strategic plan to guide its work and service delivery to students, 
schools, and tribes. To that end, the BIE recently engaged its staff in 
a process of strategic performance planning with the intention of 
submitting the proposed draft strategic plan for collaborative and 
meaningful consultation with Tribes early in the process.
    On March 8, 2017, April 11, 2017, June 14, 2017, July 18-20, 2017, 
and August 29-30, 2017, the BIE convened local, regional, and central 
office BIE personnel in order to formulate proposed strategic plan 
vision, mission, and organizational values statements as well as goals 
and strategies to implement the goals in the planning process.
    In order to ensure that its strategic planning efforts result in a 
high quality, effective, and useful plan, BIE partnered with external 
subject matter expert organizations specializing in educational 
strategic performance planning, including the Council of Chief State 
School Officers (CCSSO), the South Central Comprehensive Center located 
at the University of Oklahoma (SC3), and the Building State Capacity 
and Productivity Center (BSCPC). These organizations are providing BIE 
with valuable technical subject matter expertise and shared best 
practices in developing an effective, five-year strategic plan proposal 
with which to engage tribes in meaningful and timely consultation.
    BIE emphasizes that it is early in the strategic planning process 
and views the proposed strategic plan as a useful draft document that 
will assist Tribes in affording meaningful and substantive input during 
the scheduled consultation sessions. BIE earnestly appreciates and 
values any constructive input regarding its draft strategic plan and 
invites tribes, tribal leaders, and/or their designees to consult on 
the proposed plan during the aforementioned meetings.

    Dated: October 11, 2017.
Tony Dearman,
Director, Bureau of Indian Education.
[FR Doc. 2017-22446 Filed 10-16-17; 8:45 am]