National Indian Education Association Wins $2.7 Million Department of Education Grant

Washington, D.C. – The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) is pleased to announce a new four-year $2.7 million grant from the Department of Education’s Native Youth Community Project (NYCP) program.  This is NIEA’s first grant from the Department of Education.  The award will support NIEA’s efforts to provide college and career readiness for Native students in Oklahoma.

The NIEA Award, entitled “Tribal Communities in Schools Project: An Integrated School Support Model for Serving Native Students” will serve up to 1,069 tribal students in the Anadarko Public Schools. The program will improve outcomes for Native students by implementing a community-wide integrated student support (ISS) approach that provides academic, social, and other supports in order to ensure college and career readiness, and lifelong success.    

Led by the National Indian Education Association and implemented in partnership with Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc.; the Anadarko Public School district in Anadarko, Oklahoma; and the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes of Oklahoma, the project will employ an evidence-based, five-step approach for serving student needs that includes: Needs Assessment, Support Identification, Integrated Student Supports, Monitoring and Adjusting, and Evaluation. 

Says Ahniwake Rose, NIEA Executive Director, about the award, “Ensuring Native students have the support systems they need to thrive in college, career, and community is a pillar of NIEA’s work and we are grateful to the Department of Education’s funding to begin the implementation of this critical work.  Together with our partners at Communities in Schools Mid-America and the Anadarko community, we will continue to provide solid foundations for all Native children to thrive.”

About The National Indian Education Association (NIEA):NIEA is the Nation’s most inclusive advocacy organization advancing comprehensive culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Formed by Native educators in 1969 to encourage a national discourse on education, NIEA adheres to the organization’s founding principles: to convene educators to explore ways to improve schools and the educational systems serving Native children; to promote the maintenance and continued development of language and cultural programs; and to develop and implement strategies for influencing local, state, and federal policy and decision makers. For more information visit