Newsletter                                                                                                  April 15, 2015
Message from the Director 

Spring is about possibilities and this is testing season. This year, many BIE schools will be assessed on the Common Core State Standards. While there may be some anxiety about these new testing standards, BIE is committed to providing the support for our educators, students and families to be successful in the classroom and beyond. Your hard work and commitment to our students will be reflected in those test scores! Let's keep our students' spirits high and cheer them on to success.

Dr. Charles M. Roessel 
Additional Tribal Consultation Session on BIE Reform Announced 

BIE will be holding five tribal consultation sessions over the next two weeks to seek input on the restructuring of the BIE. An additional tribal consultation session is scheduled on Friday, May 1, 2015 in Oklahoma City, OK. These consultation meetings are a continuation of tribal consultations conducted by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Education in 2014. 

These consultation meetings will provide Indian tribes, school boards, parents, Indian organizations and other interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the implementation plan developed following the release of the Secretarial Order 3334 and the American Indian Education Study Group's Blueprint for Reform. 


Information on the five tribal consultation sessions on the BIE restructuring, four in person and one via webinar, are listed below:




April 22, 2015

8:00 am-5:00 pm (Central)

Ramkota Inn

2111 N. Lacrosse Street

Rapid City, SD

April 24, 2015

8:00 am-5:00 pm (Eastern)

United South and Eastern Tribes Headquarters

711 Stewarts Ferry Pike

Nashville, TN

April 27, 2015

8:00 am-5:00 pm (Mountain)

Navajo Department of Transportation

#16 Old Coalmine Road

Window Rock, AZ

April 29, 2015

8:00 am-5:00 pm




Call-in number:  1-877-937-9783

Participant code:  4504177


May 1, 2015

8:00 am-5:00 pm


Renaissance Oklahoma City

Convention Center Hotel

10 North Broadway Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

In This Issue
Take the Gen-I Native Youth Challenge! 

We invite BIE schools and students join the National Native Youth Network by taking the the  Gen-I Native Youth Challenge.

Gen I is a Native youth initiative focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed.

Youth who sign up for the Gen-I Challenge will be eligible to attend the 2015 White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, D.C. 
Suicide Prevention Training Webinar for BIE Schools 
BIE in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) will be conducting a series of webinars on suicide prevention for BIE schools, educators and staff who work with American Indian students. The first webinar will be held on  Thursday, April 16, 2015 from  4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT.

During this one-hour webinar, SPRC will provide an overview of the impac t of suicide on American Indian youth and discuss the risk factors, warning signs, protective factors and highlight culturally appropriate prevention strategies and best practices for tribal schools to adapt and implement their own prevention programs that support wellness in tribal communities.  


WebEx Training Session 

Select: Suicide Prevention Training for BIE Schools 

Password: Sprc041615 

Teleconference line: 877-917-5412

Passcode: 3759933 

Haskell Students Accepted into Prominent Summer Internships 
Haskell Indian Nations University is excited to announce that two of its students have been accepted into prominent internships for the summer.

Rustie Anglin

Haskell Freshman Rustie Anglin, Chickasaw, will work in Washington, D.C. with NASA's Tribal Colleges and Universities Project (TCUP) which is an activity  element within the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP). MUREP enhances the research, academic, and technology capabilities of Minority Serving Institutions.


Charlie Perry

Haskell Sophomore Charlie Perry, Prairie Band Potawatomi, will work in California with FNXmedia (First Nations experience) covering environmental issues in Indian Country.  FNX media is the first American Indian channel in the United States.


Congratulations to both of these outstanding students!  

Johnson O'Malley Tribal Consultations 

JOM Program Analyst, Jennifer Davis, addressing tribal consultation session participants in Oklahoma City
BIE has concluded a series of four tribal consultations on the Johnson O'Malley (JOM) program. The consultations were held to provide tribes, school boards, parents, Indian organizations and other interested parties an opportunity to provide comments on potential issues about the JOM program.

Written comments can still be submitted until May 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Comments can be submitted by email at or by mail or hand delivered to Ms. Jennifer L. Davis, Program Analyst, Bureau of Indian Education, 1951 Constitution Avenue, Mail Stop Room 312A-SIB, Washington, DC 20245; facsimile: (202) 208-3271.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Announces 2015 Engineering Graduates
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) is pleased to announce their spring 2015 graduates from the Pre-engineering program. Six students will graduate with an Associates of Science in Pre-engineering and transfer to engineering programs at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Technology University. Each graduate has also been awarded a one-time $2,500 New Mexico Space Grant Consortium ( NMSGC ) community college program scholarship.  


These six NMSGC scholarship recipients are the top stars of this year's graduating class! 

This graduating class joins 10 other students who have graduated from the SIPI Pre-engineering program and transferred to the State of New Mexico four-year engineering programs since 2010. Ten more SIPI Pre-engineering students are scheduled to graduate and transfer by 2016.  

2015 SIPI Pre-Engineering Program graduates. Back Row L to R: Dr. Nader Vadiee (faculty),  Ms. Dorothy Wester (faculty),  Ms. Jasamaine J. Martinez (student), Ms. Cherylene M. Washburn (student),  Dr. Massoud Ahghar (faculty).  Front Row from L to R: Mr. Dexter Ty. Lonjose (student), Mr. Tomzak H. Billie (student), Mr. Jaye Chinana (student), Mr. Stratlin J. Ellsworth (student).
Many Farms High School Hosts Fine Arts Festival  
The Many Farms High School in Many Farms, AZ hosted a Fine Arts Festival for students to showcase their musical and artistic talents. The two-day festival, held on March 4-5, 2015 brought together students from four high schools across the Navajo Reservation. During the first day, students were judged on their musical performances and 2D and 3D art submissions.  On the second day, music students participated in workshops and held a concert with all of the top winners.  During the concert, plaques and ribbons were awarded to students and students from participating schools received a Fine Arts Festival t-shirt and a ribbon.
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors have published a toolkit aimed at preventing suicide among high school students. This toolkit,  Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools ,assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health based on the needs and cultures of their students. 


The toolkit offers information on screening tools, warning signs and risk factors of suicide, statistics and parent education materials. This free publication can be downloaded or ordered from the SAMHSA Store

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