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Department of Education (ED)

The Department of Education works in conjunction with various other government agencies that are dedicated to promoting healthy eating and an active lifestyle, while also encouraging strong early learning programs to ensure children get started on the right track. ED supports many Initiatives, such as the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, to work in unison with tribal colleges and universities, BIE schools and areas with high Native populations to promote healthy lifestyles for Native youth.

The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov, located in the Department of Education, seeks to support activities that will strengthen the Nation by expanding education opportunities and improving education outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. It is committed to furthering tribal self-determination and ensuring AI/AN students, at all levels of education, have an opportunity to learn their Native languages and histories, receive complete and competitive educations, preparing them for college, careers, and productive and satisfying lives.

The Office of Indian Education (OIE) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov supports the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives so that these students can meet the same challenging state standards as all students.

  • Formula Grants to Local Education Agencies Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov: The program is the Department's principal vehicle for addressing the particular needs of Indian children. Grant funds supplement the regular school program. Projects help Indian children sharpen their academic skills, assisting students in becoming proficient in the core content areas, and provide students an opportunity to participate in enrichment programs that would otherwise be unavailable. Funds support such activities as after-school programs, early childhood education, tutoring, and dropout prevention.
  • Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov: This program is designed to improve the education opportunities and achievement of preschool, elementary, and secondary school Indian children by developing, testing, and demonstrating effective services and programs.
  • Indian Education Professional Development Grants Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov: This discretionary/competitive grant program is designed to prepare and train AI/ANs to serve as teachers and school administrators.

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Recent Events

The Let's Read! Let's Move! summer series kicked off at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) on July 9, 2014.

Secretary Arne Duncan was joined by NMAI Director Kevin Gover, Washington Kastles tennis coach Murphy Jensen, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, White House chef, executive director of Let's Move! and senior policy advisor on nutrition in the Office of the First Lady Sam Kass, and Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer. The USDA Power Panther also made an appearance, motivating all in attendance to improve their eating and physical activity behaviors.