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The Office of Indian Education Newsletter
Hello, everyone! We hope you have been enjoying your summer! The OIE is excited to provide you with our fourth newsletter. Did you know that August is National Back to School Month? In this edition, you'll find some resources to help you prepare for returning to school. We also have a spotlight on the Indian Education Professional Development (PD) program, information about the new American Rescue Plan-American Indian Resilience in Education (ARP-AIRE) program, highlights on upcoming events, and some other fun surprises. We hope you will join us for the Trauma and Resilience in Tribal Communities two-part series in September. Read on to learn more!
We Need Your Feedback!
Are you an OIE discretionary grantee who has participated in any of this year's technical assistance (TA) provided by the OIE TA Team? If so, you should have recently received an email from OIE Director Julian Guerrero, Jr., asking you complete the Annual OIE TA Feedback Survey using the provided SurveyMonkey link. If you need the link to the survey, please email us at Your feedback is important to us and will be used to plan next year's TA events, resources, and services.

Let's do a quick check-in! Please respond to the poll below to let us know if you'll be participating in this feedback opportunity.
Are you going to complete the Annual OIE TA Feedback Survey?
I already have!
I haven't yet, but will before the August 31 deadline!
No, I don't want to provide feedback.
N/A (I'm not an OIE grantee who has participated in TA.)
Congratulations to New Professional Development Program Grantees and Graduates!
Fiscal Year 2021 Grant Awardees
Congratulations to the new PD grant awardees! Earlier this month, OIE announced 29 new PD grants, 21 for teacher training and 8 for administrator training, totaling $10,186,500. These 5-year awards are intended to support up to 3 years of training and 2 years of induction services to support the licensure, qualifying job placement and retention of Indian education professionals in local education agencies that serve a high proportion of Indian students. 
To learn more about the fiscal year 2021 grant awardees and read their project abstracts, visit the PD Grants Awarded webpage.
Class of 2021 Graduates
Congratulations to the class of 2021 PD program graduates! Every graduate increases the number of Native educators and administrators and will make a difference in Native students' education and lives.
2021 University of Mary, Native American Early Learning Project (NAELP) Graduates (some not pictured)

*Photo provided and approved for use by the University of Mary
2021 University of North Carolina at Pembroke, First Americans' Educational Leadership (FAEL) Program Project Director and Graduates
2021 Stone Child College Teacher Educator Graduates
American Rescue Plan—American Indian Resilience in Education (ARP-AIRE) 
ARP-AIRE is a one-time discretionary grant competition with a $20 million appropriation. The purpose of the program is to support Tribal education agencies (TEAs) in the provision of direct services to Indian children and youth.

Are you applying for ARP-AIRE? Applications are being accepted until September 13 and you can still apply even if you did not submit a notice of intent to apply. For more information, including the Notice Inviting Applications and recordings of the two pre-application webinars, visit the ARP-AIRE How to Apply webpage.

The House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation hand-carved and painted a 25-foot totem pole that made an eight-stop tour of well-known sacred sites across the country this summer. The trip ended when the pole arrived in Washington, DC, as a gift to the Biden-Harris administration. This journey has been named the Red Road to DC, and is meant to raise awareness and urge the immediate protection of Indigenous sacred sites at risk from oil, gas, mining and infrastructure projects.
OIE has a special connection to the Red Road to DC because OIE Program Officer Bianca Williams's aunt and uncle were two of the totem pole carvers. Bianca, with her son Josiah, OIE Discretionary Grants Group Leader Dr. Donna Sabis-Burns, and OIE Formula Grants Program Specialist Annabelle Toledo, participated in the blessing ceremony on July 29, 2021. See the totem pole on display in front of the National Museum of the American Indian, where an exhibit on the House of Tears Carvers totem pole journey is featured until September 9. The pole will be moved to a yet-to-be determined final location. To learn more about the Red Road to DC, please visit Red Road to DC.
Check out these resources to help as you prepare for the new school year!

  • The U.S. Department of Education released a Return to School Roadmap to support educators and school leaders, parents, families and communities in ensuring that students are safe and supported as they return to in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year.
  • The Master Class Series for the National Indian Education Association's (NIEA) Operation Prevention Culture-Based Resources is now available! Operation Prevention was developed in partnership with Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Agency. The Master Class Series shares strategies for incorporating culturally-responsive curriculum resources in the classroom.
  • The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Native Knowledge 360° online education portal offers lessons and resources on a variety of topics. The search function allows users to explore resources by subject, nation, grade and other factors.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services We Can Do This educational campaign is a national initiative to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing. The Back to School Week of Action was August 7-15, but you can use their back to school toolkits and outreach resources to reach students, teens, parents and young adults any time.

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Save the Date for These Events
Trauma and Resilience in Tribal Communities Two-Part Series
Virtual | September 14 and September 16, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

We are pleased to welcome the National Native Children’s Trauma Center to present an introduction to research on trauma as it relates to AI/AN people and Tribal communities, including trauma types, brain science, developmental and behavioral effects, and the interconnected nature of historical and current traumas. The webinars will also include practice scenarios and significant attention to resilience strategies. This is a two-part series; please join us on both Tuesday and Thursday.

2021 Indigenous Peoples' Day Curriculum Teach-In
Virtual | September 25, 2021, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and Teaching for Change will host a day of online conversation, curriculum sharing, and ideas exchange. The keynote speaker will discuss land rights issues and the relationship between Indigenous knowledge and the land. Workshops will feature classroom resources from the NMAI’s online education portal Native Knowledge 360° and the Zinn Education Project’s Teach Climate Justice Campaign. Registration cost is $10.

Visit the website for more information.
2021 National Native American Language Summit
Omaha, NE | October 13, 2021

The Department of Education (ED) White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE), the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Native Americans (ANA), and the Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) will host the 8th National Native American Language Summit this fall. The goal of the summit is to support communities teaching their Native languages, improve accountability for educational progress, provide measurable goals to show success, and encourage youth to gain the skills to speak their languages. Join to discuss the challenges and successes of measuring oral and written language learning and share promising practices. Participation is free but registration is required.

52nd Annual NIEA Convention & Trade Show
Omaha, NE | October 13-16, 2021

NIEA will be hosting its 52nd Annual Convention and Trade Show at the CHI Health Center, Omaha's Convention Center & Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. The theme for 2021 is "Native Control of Native Education: A Time to Lead."

Visit the website for more information.

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