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Message From the Director 
Spring is a time for renewal and new possibilities. Recently, we announced t he start of BIE's reorganization and the major organizational changes that will occur in our central and regional offices to better align services to schools and ensure our students receive a quality education.  Going forward,  our focus is on ownership, sovereignty, and self-determination. We have now entered into a new era where BIE has moved from telling tribes how they should operate their schools to supporting them as they determine what's best for their children. In everything we do, we will make sure that tribes have a voice in defining Indian education
Dr. Monty Roessel
BIE Director Roessel Names Rose-Marie Davis as Associate Deputy Director for Tribally Controlled Schools
BIE Director Dr. Charles M. Roessel today announced that he has named Rose-Marie Davis as the Associate Deputy Director (ADD) for Tribally Controlled Schools. Davis is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She has served as Acting ADD for Tribally Controlled Schools since 2014. Her appointment will be effective on March 22, 2016.

"I am pleased to announce that Rose-Marie Davis has been selected as the new ADD for Tribally Controlled Schools," Roessel said. "As we enter into a new era of Indian education that focuses on tribal sovereignty and self-determination, Ms. Davis's expertise and leadership will be a vital asset in supporting tribes as they work to raise their students' academic achievement and provide a quality education in their tribally controlled schools."

"I thank Dr. Roessel for selecting me as the ADD for Tribally Controlled Schools. I have always believed that we should empower tribal communities to draw on their own strengths and traditions to shape their vision for educating their children. I am thrilled to work alongside tribes to help them achieve their educational goals," said Davis.

Davis's career in Indian education encompasses nearly 40 years working in public schools, BIE-operated and tribally controlled schools, and tribal colleges and universities. Prior to serving as Acting ADD for Tribally Controlled Schools, Davis served as Acting ADD-East from 2013-2014. From 2011-2012, she was the Education Program Administrator in BIE's Pine Ridge Education Line Office and from 2005-2011 Davis was the Education Program Administrator in BIE's Turtle Mountain Education Line office. She also served as the Field Education Specialist in the Office of Indian Education Programs Turtle Mountain Agency from 2000 to 2005.

In addition, Davis has held various positions throughout Indian Country as a school social worker, teacher, special education resource coordinator, principal, and superintendent at White Shield School, Turtle Mountain Elementary and Middle Schools, Ojibwa Indian School, Lame Deer Public School, and Northern Cheyenne School. She has also served as the President of Little Hoop College in Fort Totten, ND and as the Academic Dean at Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt, ND.

Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (1975), Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (1987), and a Master's Degree in Education (1982) from the University of North Dakota. She currently holds an Elementary Principal Certification (1993) from Pennsylvania State University and a Superintendent Credential (1998) from the University of North Dakota.
The E-Rate Application Process
As part of President Obama's ConnectED Initiative to provide 99 percent of American students with access to next-generation broadband by 2018, the E-rate program has played an important role in supplying Wi-Fi and high-speed connectivity at affordable rates to schools in Indian Country.  Through this program, BIE-funded schools are provided with the opportunity to build up the broadband capacity and economic development of their communities, while significantly contributing to the educational advancement of their Native youth. 

Through the release of their new E-rate Productivity Center, (EPC) portal, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has created a one stop location for the submission of all future E-rate Forms.  All schools and libraries must obtain an EPC account and utilize the portal for the submission of all E-rate Forms this year.   Schools are encouraged to contact the USAC Helpdesk at 1-888-203-8100 as soon as possible to set up their accounts. Information and training on the Portal is available  here .  Information on the New Form 470 procedure is available at the following link:  FCC Form 470 User Guide

Important dates and deadlines
  • The Funding Year 2016 FCC Form 471 closes on  April 29, 2016 at 11:59:59 PM EDT.
  • FCC Form 470 is due no later than April 1, 2016 at 11:59:59 PM EDT.
BIE has appointed an E-rate Team to provide technical assistance to increase the competitiveness of E-rate applications from BIE-funded schools.  If you need help with your application, please contact Marlene Walker, E-rate Program Manager, at
Historic Investment: $17.4 Million in Grants Available to Help Native Youth
The U.S. Department of Education announced it is more than tripling-from $5.3 million to $17.4 million-the availability of funding for grants to help Native American youth become college- and career-ready.

The extra support is being provided for Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) as an ongoing step toward implementing President Obama's commitment to improving the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native children. The grants will support the President's Generation Indigenous "Gen I" Initiative to help Native American youth.

In a Federal Register notice, the Department said it expects to make approximately 19 demonstration awards ranging from $500,000 to $1 million to tribal communities before September 30.

For more information visit the Department of Education's Press Release.
Mescalero Apache School Named State Winner in the 
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest
Students Matias LaPaz (L) and Albert Valdez (R) with their teacher Nate Raynor
Congratulations to the Mescalero Apache School, a BIE funded K-12 school in New Mexico, for being named a state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. This is a nationwide competition to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging teachers and students to take topics out of traditional classroom settings and into local communities.

Mescalero Apache School's winning project examined how chemicals secreted by microscopic bacteria digesting nutrients in certain kinds of soil might be harnessed to produce useful quantities of electrical current. The school has already won $20,000 worth of Samsung technology products and now has the chance to compete for national honors in New York.

This is the second time in three years the Mescalero Apache School has been named a State Winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.
Meet National Board Certified Teacher Veronica Perez 
SIPI Vision Care Technology Program Graduate Featured in
SEVA Foundation Video
The Southwestern Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), one of two post-secondary education institutions operated by BIE, in partnership with the Seva Foundation, has developed an inspirational video highlighting the hard work and perseverance of  SIPI alumni, Charlton Dann, who graduated from the Vision Care Technology Program as a way to stabilize his professional life while giving back to his community.  As a student, Dann worked nights and attended SIPI during the day to prepare for a career that would allow him to care for his family.  Today, he is an American Board Certified Optician and employed as the lead Optician at the Vision Store in Bernalillo, New Mexico.  Mr. Dann has since supported his wife through SIPI's dental assistant program and is raising two young children in the Albuquerque, NM area.  
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