President Obama Takes Action on Indian Education
On December 2nd, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13592 on Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities. This monumental action acknowledges the federal government’s political and legal responsibility to federally recognized tribes to help improve educational opportunities provided to all Native students across the country.
This White House initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native education establishes a senior-level Department of Education official to oversee the implementation of EO 13592. The initiative includes the improvement of educational opportunities and outcomes for all Native students, "including opportunities to learn their Native languages, cultures, and histories and receive complete and competitive educations that prepare them for college, careers, and productive and satisfying lives..." consistent with applicable laws.
KAI would like to congratulate all those involved in seeing that this special Presidential action became a reality, including senior federal officials at the White House, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Education, and representatives from the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, the National Congress of American Indians, the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly, the Native American Rights Fund, the National Indian Education Association, and many others.
Through our projects with the Department of Education, the Department of the Interior, and the National Science Foundation, KAI has supported previous EOs on Indian Education and looks forward to playing an important role in supporting the efforts of EO 13592. The official EO 13592 can be found in the federal register at (http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/12/08/2011-31624/improving-american-indian-and-alaska-native-educational-opportunities-and-strengthening-tribal)