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Message from the Director
Since 2014, the BIE has worked in partnership with tribes, schools, and stakeholders on the BIE reorganization to improve the quality of education for our Native youth. The BIE has listened closely to the concerns of tribal leaders, employees, and parents and considered their comments throughout the development and implementation of the Blueprint for Reform and BIE reorganization. Now, as we move closer to making this vision a reality, the BIE will continue to listen, incorporate your feedback, and provide updates on the reorganization.  I invite you to participate in our upcoming webinars on the reorganization and our ongoing monthly stakeholder calls that are held on the first Tuesday of each month. We value your input and understand that your voice as tribal leaders, employees, educators, and parents has the greatest impact in ensuring Native children receive a quality education.
Dr. Charles M. Roessel
$5.3 Million Awarded to Help American Indian Youth Become College-, Career-Ready
U.S. Departments of Education, Interior Partner to Announce Important Funding for
Investments in Native Youth Success

The U.S. Department of Education in conjunction with the U.S. Department of the Interior, announced the award of more than $5 million in grants to help Native American youth become college- and career-ready.

Under the new  Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) program, the Department of Education is making grants to a dozen recipients in nine states that will impact more than thirty tribes and involve more than 48 schools. These awards are a demonstration of   President Obama's strong commitment to improving the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native children and a key element of his  Generation Indigenous  (Gen-I) Initiative to help Native American youth. 

Each grant will support a coordinated, focused approach chosen by a community partnership that includes a tribe, local schools, and other organizations. For example, the program allows tribes to identify culturally-appropriate, community-specific supports for college and career readiness - whether it's early learning, language immersion or mental health services. More information on these awards and the NYCP funded project can be found in the full press release.  
Webinar: The BIE Organization: Inspiring the Next Generation
Over the past two years, the BIE has worked with a significant number of tribes, schools, and stakeholders to redesign its organizational structure to meet the shifting demands of its school system. The changing culture of schools demands a new BIE that meets the needs of the 64 tribal communities that have BIE-funded schools. The BIE will conduct webinars on Friday, October 2, 2015 and Friday, October 9, 2015  to provide an update on the reorganization.  During these one-hour webinars, BIE Director, Dr. Charles Roessel, will discuss the BIE's future and provide updates on its reorganization based on input from tribal consultations. 

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015 

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

To register for this session go to: 
Date: Friday, October 9, 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

To register for this ses sion go to: 

Once you register, you will receive  a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session. Please contact Wendy Greyeyes at with any questions. 
Isna Wica Owayawa (Loneman School) Honors World Suicide Prevention Day
Isna Wica Owayawa Loneman School, a K-8 BIE-funded school, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota observed World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2015 with a school wide yellow balloon release to  acknowledge those whose lives have been affected by suicide and raise awareness on how  to reach out to survivors and people in crisis.   World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed every year on September 10, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world.

Indian Affairs Facilities Management System Maximo Training  
Indian Affairs Division of Facilities Management and Construction will be offering two training opportunities for BIE employees in Albuquerque, NM on October 20-23, 2015 and October 27-30, 2015. The purpose of these sessions is to provide a basic understanding of the Indian Affairs Facilities Management System (IA-FMS) Maximo.  At the end of the training, field users will have acquired the skills necessary to use IA-FMS to manage, track, and report on work activities and accomplishments.  A comprehensive overview of these training sessions can be found here

Please follow the instructions below to register: 
  1. Submit the Maximo Training Registration Form with a supervisor's signature in the approval box. 
  2. Send a copy of your 2015 Federal Information Systems Security Awareness (FISSA) training Certificate of Completion. 
  3. Fill out the Pre-Training Questionnaire and fax it back to 505-563-5106 or email it to Kevin Barton at  The questionnaire will help the trainers tailor the class to the student's needs. 
For more information, please contact Kevin Barton at  505-563-5459 or
Native American Languages Summit 
On September 10, 2015, BIE Director Dr. Charles Roessel participated in the second annual Native Languages Summit and provided an update on the BIE's ongoing effort to support community-based Native language instruction and highlight resources that  support language revitalization in BIE schools.  The  Native American Languages Summit  was co-hosted by the  Administration for Native Americans  (ANA), the BIE and the  White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education  (WH Initiative). It is part of the Memorandum of Agreement on Native Languages  signed in 2012 between ANA, BIE, and the WH Initiative to share across agencies and preserve, protect, and promote Native Americans rights to use their indigenous languages.
National Board Certified Teacher Candidates 
Earlier this month, representatives from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS),an independent, nonprofit organization working to advance accomplished teaching for all students, traveled to New Mexico to meet with the new cohort of teachers at San Felipe Pueblo Elementary school who are working to achieve National Board Certification. These teachers are participating in a BIE initiative in partnership with NBPTS to provide professional development, support, and mentoring for BIE educators who want to pursue board certification.  The goal of this initiative is to help teachers pursue certification, a rigorous, performance-based, peer-reviewed process that ensures teachers have the necessary skills to improve learning and achievement among students. To learn more visit the BIE National Board Certification Training web page.
SIPI Students Prepare for NASA Swarmathon
The SIPI Pre-Engineering Swarmathon team has been selected to join t he University of New Mexico Swarmathon project at the NASA National Swarmathon competition in February 2016, at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  The Swarmathon is a NASA challenge to develop cooperative robotics to revolutionize space exploration. Students from Minority Serving Universities and Community Colleges are encouraged to apply and compete.  Students will be challenged to develop search algorithms for robotic swarms.  Swarmathon participation will (1) improve student's skills in robotics and computer science and (2) further advance technology for future NASA space exploration missions.

Selected teams will receive three Swarmie robots (valued at $6,000), training and instruction, a $1,000 stipend for the faculty member, and a chance to compete against other teams from across the United States for a $5,000 cash prize.
BIE Communications Plan
The BIE has a Communications Plan! The BIE Communications Plan can be found on the BIE's website on the BIE Reorganization and Blueprint for Reform Implementation page The plan was drafted following the release of the Draft Strategic Plan and enriched through feedback from stakeholders.  Please reference this document when checking on communications protocols for BIE related activities.  Your questions about the Communications Plan should be directed to Kim Vigue, BIE Program Analyst - Communications at
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