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U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $6 Million to Improve Indian Education and Professional Development

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The U.S. Department of Education today awarded 22 grants totaling more than $6 million to improve educational opportunities and achievement for American Indian children in 13 states and to provide professional development for individuals of American Indian descent who serve in the education field.

"Reforming Native education has never been more important," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "To do what is best for Native students, we must collaborate with people who know the students and communities. These grants will help schools offer more opportunities for students and provide training and support to educators and others in the communities that are serving the students."

The Department awarded 12 grants totaling $3,329,938 under the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children program, a competitive discretionary grant program that supports projects to develop, test and demonstrate the effectiveness of services and programs to improve the educational opportunities and achievement of Indian children. This grant focuses on increasing the school readiness skills of three- and four-year-old Indian children to prepare them for successful entry into kindergarten. Program funds also are used to enable Indian high school students to transition successfully to postsecondary education by increasing their competency and skills in challenging subjects, including mathematics and science.

Under the Indian Education Professional Development program, 10 grants totaling $3,329,939 are being awarded to increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve Indian people and to provide training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers and administrators.

To strengthen K-12 education, the Obama administration is investing in courageous leadership at the local level and taking to scale best practices that are closing achievement gaps and raising the bar for all students. The administration also is undertaking initiatives to make college more affordable and costs more transparent, as part of a larger effort to achieve the President's national goal to once again lead the world in college completion by 2020.

A list of grantees and Demonstration grant awards is provided below.

State Name Recommended Funding Year 1
OK Kingfisher Public Schools $291,548
AK Northwest Arctic School District $284,418
MT Salish Kootenai College $299,495
AK Cook Inlet Tribal Council $300,000
NE Douglas County School District $222,182
MN Special School Dist. #1 $300,000
CA Southern CA Indian Center $294,400
WA Grand Coulee Dam Sch. Dist. $292,776
AK Yukon-Koykuk School Dist. $296,681
AZ San Carlos Apache Tribe $300,000
WA Puget Sound Ed. Service District $300,000
ND Turtle Mt. Comm. College $148,438
  TOTAL $3,329,938

A list of grantees and Professional Development grant awards is provided below.

State Name Recommended Funding Year 1
WY Wind River Tribal College $276,293
MT Stone Child College $389,427
WI University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee $395,161
MT Salish Kootenai College $395,695
MT Little Big Horn College $383,692
SD United Tribes Technical College $396,353
AZ Arizona State University $394,463
WI Lac Courtes Orielles Ojibwa $289,232
CA California State U—Chico $358,195
OR University of Oregon $51,428
  TOTAL $3,329,939

More information on grants for Indian education is available at