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Message from the Director
Hopi Councilman Merv Yoyetwa, Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie, Hopi Councilwoman Miona Kaping, BIE Director Monty Roessel and Hopi General Counsel Fred Lomayesva at the Bureau of Indian Education in Washington D.C 
As we enter a new school year, I want to share a very important milestone for the Hopi Tribe. This summer the Hopi Tribe converted their two remaining BIE-operated schools on its reservation. Now, the Hopi Tribe enters a new chapter with full control over its BIE-funded schools and the establishment of two new local school boards. The schools, First Mesa Elementary School (K-6) and Keams Canyon Elementary School (K-6), have begun the 2015-2016 school year with a new focus on academics, finance, governance, and human resources. They join Hopi Day School, Hopi Jr./Sr.. High School, Hotevilla Bacavi Community School, Moencopi Day School, and Second Mesa Day School as tribally controlled schools.  

In July, the Hopi Tribe was awarded one of the Tribal Education Department (TED) Grants to support the development of their education code to continue partnering and supporting their tribally controlled schools. During the first year, the grant will provide the tribe the opportunity to conduct research and assess their current school system to achieve the Hopi Tribes educational vision for their children. With this conversion, the BIE upholds its trust responsibility to the Hopi Tribe and will continue to work in partnership with the Tribe to build a strong foundation for their students and schools. I applaud Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie and his colleagues for their hard work and dedication to completing this transformation.

Dr. Charles M. Roessel
Assistant Secretary Washburn Announces More Than $1.7 Million in  Funding to Build the Capacity of Tribal Education Departments and Promote  Tribal Control of BIE-funded Schools
Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced that $1.75 million in funding is being made available to tribes through two Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) initiatives: The Sovereignty in Indian Education (SIE) Enhancement Program and the Tribal Education Department (TED) Grant Program. These programs assist federally recognized tribes with building their tribal education departments and promoting tribal control of their schools. 
The SIE enhancement and TED grant programs were established based on a recommendation contained in the Blueprint for Reform - a report that was created with help from tribal governments and key federal and tribal officials - and are in the second round of funding. The program funds fulfill a recommendation in the Blueprint for Reform for BIE to support tribal nations in their efforts to: restructure schools' governance, assume control over BIE-funded schools, and develop curriculum that is both academically rigorous and culturally relevant to their students. 
Eligible tribal governments may apply for SIE and TED funding by responding to the relevant  Request for Proposals (RFPs) notices published in the Federal Register.  
Both SIE enhancment and TED grant proposals must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 21, 2015. More information on this funding announcement can be found in the full news release.

TED Pre-Grant Training 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
11:00 am EDT
Thursday, September 8, 2015
4:00 p.m. EDT

SIE Pre-Grant Training 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
4:00 p.m. EDT
Thursday, September 8, 2015
11:00 a.m. EDT

Webinar: Fire Drill Requirements in BIE Schools  
September 3, 2015

4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
3:00 p.m. Central Time 
2:00 p.m. Mountain Time
1:00 p.m. Pacific Time 


Access Code:78343832
Back by popular demand! The BIE in collaboration with the Division of Safety and Risk Management will conduct a webinar on fire drill requirements in BIE schools on Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 4 pm. to 5 p.m. EDT. During this one-hour webinar, Tom Kerstetter, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, will discuss circumstances where it may be necessary for employees, students, and visitors to evacuate occupied buildings in the event of an emergency. 

This webinar will also describe how to develop fire preparedness plans, establish emergency response teams and conduct fire drills as well as the role that they each play in safely evacuating employees from the workplace or reaching a fire-protected refuge area within the facility.

 Event Contact: Kim Vigue at
BIE Monthly Stakeholder Call
September 1, 2015

 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
4:00 p.m. Central Time 
3:00 p.m. Mountain Time
2:00 p.m. Pacific Time 

Access Code:  1309103 
Please join the BIE for our monthly stakeholder call on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 5:00 p.m-6:00 p.m. EDT. These stakeholder calls, held on the first Tuesday of each month, are part of BIE's effort to improve communication and create an ongoing dialog among staff, school administrations, school boards, parents, tribal organizations and other interested parties about the restructuring of the BIE. 

We welcome your questions and feedback as we move forward with the BIE reform and work together to improve educational opportunities for Native youth.
Event Contact: Kim Vigue at
Sovereignty in Indian Education Program Enhancement Meeting
On August 21, 2015, five tribal nations participating in the Sovereignty in Indian Education (SIE) Enhancement Program gathered at the Department of the Interior in Washington D.C. to present on their first year progress and share their plans to research and design tribally managed schools systems. Indian Affairs and BIE staff had the opportunity to hear presentations from from the Gila River Indian Community Education Department, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Education Department, Department of Dine Education, Tohono O'odham, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Representatives from these tribal nations shared their vision for the duration of their projects and discussed their goals to establish effective tribally managed school systems. The BIE congratulates each tribe participating in the SIE Enhancement Program on their first year achievements  and continuted progress as they move forward with the operation and management of their schools.

Tribal Health: Reaching out InVolves Everyone Suicide Prevention Campaign Materials
Tribal Health: Reaching out InVolves Everyone (THRIVE) is pleased to announce the availability of free suicide prevention materials from our THRIVE media campaign.
We Are Connected. We Need You Here  materials are available now. This campaign has been designed with the help of Native community members across the U.S. to ignite more hope in those thinking about suicide and show that there are people that can help and support them.  These campaign materials are free to download, print or share. 
  • 2 Posters
  • 1 Blank flyer for audiences to write your own suicide prevention sign and connect them with #WeNeedYouHere
  • Rack cards
  • Tip cards
  • Lanyards
  • T-shirts
  • 2 Radio public service announcements
  • USB drives (pre-loaded with radio PSAs)
  • Logos-for placement on shirts, print materials, and other promotional items. 
Contact Celena McCray at , to order a free box of materials. 
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