Sept. 24 -- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary -- Indian Affairs
Aurene M. Martin today announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs
(BIA) has been awarded a Reading First grant by the U.S. Department
of Education (news - web sites) totaling $27 million over the next
six years. Office of Indian Education Programs Director Edward Parisian
officially received the award today from Education Department officials
at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians 50th annual conference
in Pendleton, Oregon.
am very pleased that the BIA has been awarded a Reading First grant,"
Martin said. "This funding will allow BIA schools to help students
establish a foundation of reading for a lifetime of learning."
Reading First program was established under the No Child Left Behind
Act of 2001 as a new, high quality evidence-based program to enable
all students to become successful early readers. Under the program's
guidelines, states must compete to receive a six-year grant that
will, in turn, fund competitively awarded subgrants to local school
districts. The BIA applied as a state education agency. BIA-funded
schools may submit applications via a competitive grant process
to OIEP's Center for School Improvement in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
the next six years, the BIA will receive $4.5 million per year to
fund 16 to 20 BIA-funded schools. Eligible schools will receive
funding for three years with another round of schools applying through
the same competitive process for another three years. The size of
each grant will be approximately $180,000 per year. The grant is
to raise reading achievement in grades K-3 through professional
development of staff using scientifically researched-based reading
our students' reading ability is one of our highest priorities,"
Parisian said. "This Reading First grant will enable us to
help BIA schools raise their students' reading levels. I commend
our Center for School Improvement staff for their hard work in producing
a winning application."
are 185 BIA-funded elementary and secondary day and boarding schools
serving approximately 48,000 Indian students living on or near 63
reservations in 23 states. In School Year 2001-2002, the BIA directly
operated one-third of its schools with the remaining two-thirds
tribally-operated under BIA contracts or grants. The BIA also directly
operates two post-secondary institutions of higher learning and
provides funding to 25 tribally-controlled colleges and universities.
In addition, the BIA offers financial assistance grants to Indian
undergraduate and graduate students through, respectively, tribal
scholarship programs and the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)
in Albuquerque, N.M.
Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs has responsibility for fulfilling
the Department's trust responsibilities to individual and tribal
trust beneficiaries, as well as promoting the self-determination
and economic well-being of the nation's 562 federally recognized
American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. The Assistant Secretary
also oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which is responsible
for providing education and social services to approximately 1.4
million individual American Indians and Alaska Natives from the
federally recognized tribes.
Nedra Darling of the U.S. Department of the Interior, 202-219-4152