Bureau of Indian Education | Sovereignty in Indian Education Enhancement Program

Sovereignty in Indian Education Enhancement Program

The Sovereignty in Indian Education Enhancement Program provides competitive funding to tribes and tribal education departments (TEDs) to promote tribal control and operation of BIE-funded schools on their Indian reservations.

The purpose of this program is to support the tribe’s capacity to manage and operate tribally controlled schools as defined in the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1998 (P.L. 100-297). These funds will support the development of a school-reform plan to improve educational outcomes for students and improve efficiencies and effectiveness in the operation of BIE-funded schools within a reservation.

This program began in response to the goals set forth by the Blueprint for Reform, a reform plan proposed by the American Indian Education Study Group based on a series of listening sessions throughout Indian Country. The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Education convened the Study Group to ensure that the students attending BIE-funded schools receive a world-class education.

Through a competitive process in which tribes submit applications describing their program narratives, budget narratives, and work plans, a select number of tribes were ultimately awarded those grants to implement their vision and work plans. The main goal of the SIE grants is to encourage tribal control of their schools through the development and implementation of their own school-reform plans and to demonstrate improved student outcomes in the process.

Awarded Tribes

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Tohono O’odham Nation, Navajo Nation


Overview of the Sovereignty in Indian Education Enhancement Program

Tribal Presentations: Implementing a Tribally Managed School System (August 2015)

News Releases

Assistant Secretary Washburn Announces $1 Million in Grants to Promote Tribal Control of Bureau of Indian Education-Funded Schools

Assistant Secretary Washburn Announces More Than $1.7. Million in Funding to Build the Capacity of Tribal Education Departments and Promote Tribal Control of BIE-Funded SchoolsInterior Department

Announces $2.5 million to Promote Tribal Control and Operation of BIE-Funded Schools

Interior Announces $1.2 Million to Be Awarded to Tribes to Take Control, Operate Their Bureau of Indian Education-Funded Schools

Pre-Grant Training




Tuesday, December 8, 2015

11:00 a.m. EST

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Friday, December 11, 2015

4:00 p.m. EST

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