Dear Bureau of Indian Education Team,
It is with great excitement that I announce the start of
the Bureau of Indian Education's (BIE's) reorganization.
More than two years ago, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made a commitment to improve Indian education. That commitment has brought us to today, with the start of the first phase of the BIE's reorganization. Once the reorganization is complete, we will have a new BIE that supports tribal self-determination as a form of governance and embraces school improvement strategies.
One of the key areas the new BIE stresses is to fully partner with tribes and their schools to redefine Indian education within BIE-funded schools in the 21st century. It is up to me and you, as BIE employees to inspire, to build and to be creative about teaching and working with our next generation of tribal nation-builders. We all have a responsibility to uphold our commitment to improving all facets of education for our students.
The new BIE will promote American Indian languages, history, and culture in our classrooms. We have a proud heritage as Indian people and that should be celebrated within our schools and within our offices.
Thank you for being a part of BIE and thank you for your dedication and service to BIE as we move forward to change our way of doing business to improve student outcomes for the tribal generations to come.
Dr. Charles "Monty" Roessel