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Federal Register: Use of Bureau-Operated Schools by Third Parties Under Lease Agreements and Fundraising Activity by Bureau-Operated School Personnel

Congress authorized the Director of the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) to enter into agreements with third parties to lease the land or facilities of a Bureau-operated school in exchange for funding that benefits the school. This proposed rule establishes standards for the appropriate use of lands and facilities under a lease agreement, provisions for establishment and administration of mechanisms for the acceptance of consideration for the use and benefit of a school, accountability standards to ensure ethical conduct, and provisions for monitoring the amount and terms of consideration received, the manner in which the consideration is used, and any results achieved by such use. Please submit written comments by August 22, 2016.

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Federal Register: Grants to Tribal Colleges and Universities and Dine´College

The Bureau of Indian Education is updating its regulations governing grants to Tribal colleges and universities and Dine´ College. The Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978, as amended (TCCUA), authorizes Federal assistance to institutions of higher education that are formally controlled or have been formally sanctioned or chartered by the governing body of an Indian Tribe or Tribes. The Navajo Community College Assistance Act of 1978, as amended (NCCA) authorizes Federal assistance to the Navajo Nation in construction, maintenance, and operation of Dine´ College. This final rule would update implementing regulations in light of amendments to the TCCUA and the NCCA. This rule is effective July 14, 2016.

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Federal Register: Request for Nominations of Members To Serve on the Bureau of Indian Education Advisory Board for Exceptional Children

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA), the Bureau of Indian Education requests nominations of individuals to serve on the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children (Advisory Board). There are three positions available. The BIE will consider nominations received in response to this request for nominations, as well as other sources. Please submit nominations by July 11, 2016

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Federal Register: Notice of Intent To Establish a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is reopening the comment period for Tribes to nominate for membership on the Accountability Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee) and is expanding the scope of what the Committee will address. BIE also solicits comments on the proposal to establish the Committee, including comments on additional interests not identified in this notice of intent and comments on the expansion of the scope of the Committee. Nominations must be submitted by May 31, 2016.

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Call for Proposals: 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

BIE is accepting applications for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program. Through 21st CCLC, BIE-funded schools and dormitories are eligible to receive grants that enable them - with the assistance of community partners - to plan, implement, or expand projects that benefit the educational, health, social, cultural, and recreational needs of the students and community. In addition, lifelong learning activities and literacy education programs are available for adult family members in the local school setting. The deadline to submit proposals is May 31, 2016.

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Indian Affairs Facilities Management System Webinars

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) in conjunction with Indian Affairs Division of Facilities Management and Construction will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 12:00 EDT on Safety and Condition Assessment Portal General Inspection Creation and Data Entry and a webinar on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 12:00 EDT on Safety and Condition Assessment Portal Abatement Plans and Cost Estimating. These webinars are intended for Safety and Condition Assessment Portal users.

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Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress

The Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress is a week-long student climate change conference held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV on July 5-12, 2016 for approximately 100 Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander high school students interested in environmental issues, natural resource conservation, community leadership and public service. This event is sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Interested students may submit applications until April 8, 2016.

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Webinar: The Federal Hiring Process Using USAJOBS & Application Manager

The implementation of the BIE reorganization has prompted a number of questions and concerns from employees on how to apply for upcoming vacancy announcements. BIE's Human Resources staff will conduct two webinars to help you understand the process of submitting federal applications through USAJOBS. The presenters will also provide information on how to upload your resume and the supplementary documents including the Indian Preference form, Veterans Preference form, official transcripts, etc., that are necessary when submitting your application via USAJOBS. We welcome your questions and feedback during these webinars.

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Webinar: What Administrators Need to Know About National Board Certification

Please join the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for a National Board Certification Orientation Session on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m MST. This webinar, led by Bianca Belmonte Sapien, NBCT and Michelle Allen, NBCT, will discuss what BIE administrators need to know about National Board Certification.

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Webinar: Board Certification for Teachers – What’s Best for You and Your Students?

Please join the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for a National Board Certification Orientation Session for BIE teachers. This webinar, led by Bianca Belmonte Sapien, NBCT and Michelle Allen, NBCT, will provide an overview of the BIE National Board Certification initiative, discuss the benefits of board certification, and provide teachers the opportunity ask questions regarding the certification process. The webinar will be offered on February 19 at 6:00 p.m. MST and February 21 at 7:00 p.m. MST.

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