Newsletter                                                                                                  March 31, 2015
Message from the Director 

Welcome to BIE's biweekly newsletter. As the end of the school year quickly approaches and testing begins, this time can be challenging for students and educators.  I encourage our principals, teachers and staff to work together through the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year to provide our students with the right tools to become successful adults. Thank you to all of the BIE staff for your continued effort in providing and improving quality educational opportunities for Native youth. 


Dr. Charles M. Roessel 
Tribal Consultation Sessions on BIE Reform Announced 

BIE will be holding tribal consultation sessions in April to seek input on the restructuring of the BIE.  The consultation meetings are a continuation of tribal consultations conducted by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Education in 2014. 


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


Four tribal consultation sessions on the BIE restructuring, three in person and one via webinar, will be held at the following dates and locations:




April 22, 2015

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Central)

Ramkota Inn

2111 N. Lacrosse Street

Rapid City, SD

April 24, 2015

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Eastern)

United South and Eastern Tribes Headquarters

711 Stewarts Ferry Pike

Nashville, TN

April 27, 2015

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Mountain)

Navajo Department of Transportation

#16 Old Coalmine Road

Window Rock, AZ

April 29, 2015

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.




Call-in number:  1-877-937-9783

Participant code:  4504177


In This Issue
BIE Webinar Series

The BIE Facilities webinar, Understanding Operations and Maintenance: From Funding, Contracts, and Reporting, held on March 19, 2015 is now available on YouTube

Tohono O'odham Family Literacy Night  
Students from San Simon School on the Tohono O'odham Reservation participating in family literacy night. Over 250 students and families attended. 

Haskell Sophomore Elected President of American Indian Education Consortium Student Congress

Chris Sindone (center) with the Haskell Student Delegation at the AIHEC Student Conference
 in Albuquerque, NM. 

Congratulations to Christopher Sindone, Haskell Indian Nations University sophomore, who was elected as the President of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Congress on March 17, 2015. Sindone, Pawnee, Otoe, Ioway, Kiowa, Cheyenne and Oglala Sioux, is a business major and also serves as the Haskell Student Senate Sophomore Representative, Chair of the Empowerment Summit Committee, Chair of the Commencement Pow-Wow Committee, and member of the Scholarship, Space and Communication Committees. In his free time he travels to pow-wows and raises cultural awareness at events by performing the traditional Chicken Dance.  

Johnson O'Malley Tribal Consultation Booklet Now Available 

BIE will be conducing four tribal consultations on the Johnson O'Malley (JOM) program between March 31 and April 10, 2015. These consultations are an opportunity for tribes, school boards, parents and organizations to provide oral or written comments on potential issues about the JOM program. BIE has released a JOM Consultation Booklet that includes comprehensive information on consultation dates, locations, topics, and guidance on submitting comments is now available on the BIE consultation webpage. 

Suicide Prevention Guide for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities 

BIE has collaborated with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide BIE schools with the most up-to-date suicide prevention and postvention training materials and resources. SAMHSA will be mailing all BIE school principals a copy of SAMHSA's tribal suicide prevention guide,

To Live to See the Great Day that Dawns: Preventing suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native youth and young adults. The purpose of this guide is to support Native communities and those who serve them in developing effective, culturally appropriate suicide prevention plans. This guide lays the groundwork for comprehensive prevention planning, with prevention broadly defined to include programs that a community can use to promote the mental health of its youth. To download the guide or order additional copies visit the SAMHSA Store.

 National Board Certification Training for BIE Educators 

BIE would like to thank the BIE educators that have registered for Component 1 with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standard's (NBPTS) National Board Certification.  We will be combining the orientation and mentoring process for Component 1. The general timeline for Component 1 is as follows:

  • April 2015: Orientation and mentoring for Component 1.
  • June 15, 2015: Deadline for BIE educators to schedule their test/assessment for Component 1. 
  • November 2015: NBPTS will complete the evaluation of the assessment and issue a pass or retake.
  • December 2015: BIE will start the National Board incentive program for those that passed Component 1 or the educators that are already NB certified.
Please contact David Brown at  for more information. 
FBMS News 


The Office of Chief Financial Officer Reston staff will provide FBMS Field Training (labor/charge card adjustments, purchase requisition, FBMS Contracting Officers Representative process, EMIS reports) for BIE FBMS users (ADD Navajo and ADD West) from  April 6 to April 10, 2015  in Albuquerque, NM. This training is filled to capacity, but additional field training will provided in May for ADD East and anyone that missed the April training.  

FBMS Blackout
Plans are underway to migrate FBMS to the cloud by close of business Friday,  June 12 to Monday, June 19, 2015.  There is a possibility that access can be restored earlier depending on the migration process. 

How will the blackout impact BIE?
  • No payments are going to be made (commercial and travel)
  • Prism will be down - no purchase requests (PR) will be processed
  • No obligations will be set-up and no de-obligations will occur during the blackout
  • No reconciliations of accounts in FBMS
  • No miscellaneous processing (Payroll, Motorpool, IPAC) will be done
The FBMS functionality and interface will remain the same. There is no direct impact to your work processes.  All data will be migrated and tested during the blackout period. Please work diligently to plan ahead to complete priority tasks in FBMS to minimize the impact of the blackout period. Please contact Angela Salazar at with any questions. 
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