Tribes receive $1.2M in Sovereignty in Indian Education funds

The sign to the Little Singer Community School in Winslow, Arizona. Photo from Monolithic

Six tribes in four states received $1.2 million in Sovereignty in Indian Education funds from the Obama administration.

The money will help the tribes take greater control of Bureau of Indian Education schools on their reservations. It's part of the Blueprint for Reform to improve student achievement and strengthen tribal sovereignty.

“Increasing tribal control over BIE-funded schools not only promotes tribal self-determination, but also provides greater tribal discretion in determining what American Indian children should learn, increasing accountability throughout the school system,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a press release.

The tribes each received $200,000. They are: the Gila River Indian Community, the Navajo Nation; the Oglala Sioux Tribe; the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Get the Story:
Several tribes to get funding to take over schools (AP 10/24)

Related Stories:
Aging BIA school on Navajo Nation awaits replacement funds (10/22)
Jon Whirlwind Horse: New schools bring hope for Indian children (10/02)
Michael Gross: A new battle for self-determination at BIE schools (09/08)
Gerald Gipp: National strategy needed to reform Indian education (08/27)
Sandra Fox: Fixing the education system for our Indian children (08/20)
Secretary Jewell to visit Indian schools in Maine and Minnesota (08/15)
Charles Roessel: BIE reform plan includes teacher certification (07/28)
Carla Mann: Johnson O'Malley needs an accurate student count (07/16)
Reform plan urges billions for Bureau of Indian Education schools (07/09)
Blog: Questions about Bureau of Indian Education reform plans (06/27)
Secretary Jewell announces Bureau of Indian Education reform (06/16)

Join the Conversation