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The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is responsible for 183 elementary and secondary schools. In 2013, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, appointed a study group to “diagnose the causes of too common academic failure in BIE-funded schools.” Some BIE schools struggle academically and a recent report from the federal government points out major health and safety concerns due to poor building conditions. On this episode of Native America Calling, we look at proposed changes that aim to improve BIE schools.
Ahniwake Rose (Cherokee) – Executive Director of the National Indian Education Association
Dr. Charles “Monty” Roessel (Navajo) – Director of the Bureau of Indian Education
Sharon Two Bears (Standing Rock Sioux) – Project Director for the Exploring Sovereignty in Tribal Education Grant