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The Office of Indian Education Newsletter
Hello, everyone! The OIE is excited to provide you with our third newsletter. Here you'll find highlights from the recently released NIES 2019, culture-based resources from NIEA, an interesting news story you might have missed and a spotlight on May Mental Health Awareness Month. Upcoming events include the OIE TA Team's Logic Models and Data-Driven Decision Making series in June. We hope to see you there!
The National Indian Education Study (NIES) 2019 Is Here!
About NIES
NIES is conducted under the direction of the National Center for Education Statistics through the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education's OIE. The study uses NAEP reading and math results and a survey with an emphasis on Native language and culture to provide in-depth reporting on the achievement and experiences of AI/AN students in grades 4 and 8. The study was designed in consultation with a Technical Review Panel whose members include AI/AN educators and researchers from across the country.

To learn more about NIES and access the recently released 2019 report, click here!
2019 Report Highlights
The majority of AI/AN students reported knowing at least "a little" about their culture. Check out table 2 on page 11 of the report for more details.

Family members were found to be the most common sources of cultural knowledge. Go to table 3 on page 13 to see the percentages of students who reported learning about history and traditions from teachers and other groups of people.

Most teachers reported integrating cultural materials into reading/language arts lessons at least once a year. See table 7 on page 18 to find out how often teachers integrated cultural materials in math lessons.
Visit the OIE Indian Education-National Activities web page for more information about the NIES.

Highlight: Members of the NIES Technical Review Panel (TRP) also authored a companion document to the 2019 NIES Report, Setting the Context, which provides overarching recommendations and a perspective of how NIES fits in the larger sphere of education for AI/AN Students.
NIEA Operation Prevention Update
The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) recently disseminated Operation Prevention Culture-Based Resources, developed in partnership with Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Agency. If you haven't checked out this incredible resource yet, visit this page to find lessons such as "Traditional Native Fire Stories Can Teach Us About Emotions" and "The Medicine Wheel."

Experienced Native educators have been piloting these lessons and sharing their reflections. They will be featured in an upcoming Master Class video series and will share strategies for incorporating culturally-responsive curriculum resources in the classroom. Check the Operation Prevention website for updates!

In Case You Missed It...
4,000 Year Old Canoe Discovery and Restoration in South Carolina
A canoe that was discovered in the Cooper River in South Carolina is being studied by archaeologists at Clemson University in collaboration with Native American tribes. The canoe, although not on display to the public, is being shown to Tribal members.

Gyllian Porteous, an Archeological Conservator at the Clemson University Warren Lasch Conservation Center, explained, "We want to look to the communities and allow them to both inform us of the history, but also claim authority over their heritage." Lamar Nelson, Chief of Eastern Cherokee and Southern Iroquois tribes commented, "To be able to see something that my ancestors created thousands of years ago is amazing."
May was Mental Health Awareness Month
The month of May might be over, but let's continue to talk about mental health.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help and has resources designed for Native Americans.
Save the date for these events:
OIE Logic Models and Data-Driven Decision Making Series
Every Tuesday from June 8 through 22 from 3-4:30 p.m. ET

The OIE Logic Models and Data-Driven Decision Making Series will help program leaders create or refine a logic model for their project and/or organization and then put that model into action. Discover why logic models are important tools for program planning, implementation, management, evaluation, and reporting while learning step-by-step how to create your own from experts in the field. We’ll then take the next steps to help your logic model and data drive your program planning through the data-driven decision making process. It’s the perfect time of year to put these vital processes into place and start the next school year off strong!

Click here to register!

AIHEC Virtual Aseto'ne Institute
June 28-Sept. 3, 2021

Learn about an online project designed for Tribal College/University students to learn about health research career opportunities.

Click here to find out more!
St. Paul, Alberta, Canada or Virtual Participation | July 5-9, 2021

The World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) Annual General Meeting will be held July 5-7 and the World Indigenous Research and Education Conference (WIREC) will be held July 7-9. Attendees can choose to participate on-site in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada or virtually. This year's themes are land, language, ceremony, and relationship. Don't miss this triennial research-focused event!

Visit the website for more information.
IAIE Brown Bag Series
Every 4th Thursday from 1-2 p.m. MST

Members of the Institute for American Indian Education (IAIE) at UNM talk about their research and current work related to educator preparation, language and culture, leadership, and other topics related to Indigenous education.

Click here for more information!
52nd Annual NIEA Convention & Trade Show
Omaha, NE | Oct. 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." Early-Bird Registration Pricing is available through July 31.

Visit the website for more information.

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