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Message from the Director
October has been a busy month for us as we move forward with the BIE reorganization.  As this transformation progresses, the BIE is strongly committed to providing tribes and stakeholders with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the reorganization.  Over the past two weeks, my staff and I have held a number of webinars and open town hall sessions to reach every person who is impacted by the reorganization. Additionally, we have created a new webpage dedicated to the BIE reorganization where you can find background information, tribal consultation materials, previous webinars, upcoming events, and news related to the reorganization.  The BIE values your participation and input and will continue provide a forum for you to ask questions or share your concerns on the reorganization. 

Dr. Charles "Monty" Roessel  
National Congress of American Indians Annual Convention
BIE Information Session
Please join the BIE for our Information Session at the National Congress of American Indian's 72nd Annual Convention & Marketplace in San Diego, CA on   Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In this information session, tribal leaders, educators, and other stakeholders will hear from the BIE senior leadership on the efforts to reform the BIE. BIE Director Dr. Charles Roessel and Chief Transformation Officer, Don Yu, will discuss efforts to realign personnel and offices in   accordance with reorganization plans.  This session will be information and also include time for Q&A. More information be found in the conference agenda
BIE Town Hall Meetings at the 46th Annual National Indian Education Association Convention
The BIE hosted two town hall meetings and an update on the current BIE reorganization efforts underway at the 46th Annual National Indian Education Association Convention in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15, 2015.  During these events, the BIE met with over 180 education stakeholders who were given the opportunity to learn more about BIE activities and meet with senior leadership to discuss a range of topics from the BIE reorganization to careers. To keep up on the latest reorganization activities visit the BIE reorganization webpage

Webinar: The Federal Hiring Process Using USAJOBS & Application Manager
The recent reform efforts being undertaken by the BIE have prompted a number of questions from BIE employees on how to apply upcoming vacancy announcements that will be created as part of the reorganization. During these one hour webinars, the BIE Human Resources staff, will help you understand the process of submitting federal applications through USAJOBS.  The presenters will also provide information on how to upload your resume and the supplementary documents including the Indian Preference form, Veterans Preference form, official transcripts, etc. that are necessary when submitting your application via USAJOBS. We welcome your questions and feedback during this webinar. For questions related to USAJOBS, contact your servicing HR Specialist

Dates and Times
  • Tuesday, October 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, October 27th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. EDT
To Participate
1)  Register for the Webinar. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to join and call-in information.
2) At the start of the webinar click the link in the confirmation email to join WebEx.  
3) Call in using the toll free conference call number and audio pass code provided in your confirmation email. 

Webinar: Developing Emergency Response Plans 
The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) in collaboration with the Indian Affairs Office  of Facilities, Property and Safety Management-Division of Safety and Risk Management will conduct a webinar on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT on the development of Emergency Action Continuity of Operations Plans for BIE schools.  During this one-hour webinar, Derrick Chee, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, will provide an overview on developing Emergency Action Plans, policies and procedures, duties and responsibilities and share examples that range from tornado to active shooter Emergency Action Plans. 

To Participate
1)  Register for the Webinar. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to join and call-in information.
2) At the start of the webinar click the link in the confirmation email to join WebEx.  
3) Call in using the toll free conference call number and audio pass code provided in your confirmation email. 

Chemawa Indian School Launches Goat Breeding Program 
Chemawa Indian School  in partnership with Alliance Counseling and a local breeder of San Clemente Goats has begun a breeding and re-population program on campus.  One male goat and two female goats recently arrived to a newly built shelter and pen just behind the dormitories.  The goats are of the San Clemente breed, a heritage breed named for its place of origin, San Clemente Island, off the coast of California.  The breed thrived for hundreds of years until the 1980s when the impact of the goats on the island's environment was thought to be harmful.  As a result, an eradication program was initiated to eliminate the goats.  Intervention by a few breeders and an animal protection group allowed for a small population of these goats to be left to breed.
As a community, Chemawa has agreed to be a part of the breeding and re-population program.  Students are taking on the responsibility of caring for the goats and assisted with the building of the pen and shelter.  In just a few short months the first kids (only baby goats are allowed to be born on campus) will be born at Chemawa.  This is an awesome opportunity and privilege and has resulted in the return of animals to the Chemawa campus after a 15 year break. 

Menominee Tribal School Used as Model for the State 
The Menominee Tribal School, a BIE-funded K-8 school on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Neopit, WI was featured in a local television news segment highlighting the success of their culturally-based curriculum and how it has become a model for other schools.The State of Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction is now using the Menominee Tribal School as a model, and forty people from the agency recently visited the school to learn more about their methods. Congratulations to the Menominee Tribal School staff for their efforts and leading the way for other schools!

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Richfield Residential Hall Students Receive Tablets from Verizon
On October 1, 2015 every student at Richfield Residential Hall, a BIE dormitory in Richfield, UT serving grades 9-12, received tablets from Verizon. Students were given these tablets through a partnership with the BIE and Verizon that will wire all 10 BIE dormitories with wireless connectivity and provide every student with a wireless device to ensure that learning doesn't stop at the classroom door. 

BIE Director Appears on Native American Calling 
BIE Director Dr. Charles Roessel recently appeared on Native America Calling, a live national radio call-in program linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together in a national conversation about issues specific to Native communities,to discuss how schools can measure student success from an Indigenous perspective. To listen to the full segment, Defining Student Success, visit the Native America Calling website

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