Dr. Jolene Bowman Named President of NIEA

Dr. Jolene Bowman, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Vice President and WIEA Board Member to be sworn-in as NIEA President
Swearing in to take place on Saturday, October 7th at 48th Annual National Indian Education Association Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, FL

ORLANDO, FL – After waiting nearly a year to take her seat as the board president of the National Indian Education Association, Dr. Jolene Bowman will officially take the reigns this afternoon when she is sworn-in at the organization’s 48th Annual Convention & Trade Show at the Caribe Royal Orlando Hotel and Convention Center.

Dr. Bowman brings with her a strong presence and solid understanding of the issues facing American Indian students and communities. Hailing from the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin, where she serves as the tribe’s governing board Vice President, Bowman has long been a proponent of widening the educational opportunities of American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

“I plan to use my new position to advocate for Indian education and Native students by getting in the know about the particular subject or issue students may be experiencing,” said Bowman. “I not only want to work through those challenges but also celebrate the accomplishments of our people.”

Bowman was elected president at last year’s NIEA convention held in Reno, NV. and has spent the last year building momentum for her new post through her work as both secretary for the organization and board member of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association.

WIEA president Brian Jackson says he’s excited to see the impact Bowman will have on Indian education in Wisconsin and across the nation.

“I’m confident Dr. Bowman will continue NIEA’s efforts to increase educational opportunities for Native students everywhere,” said Jackson. “Women are the backbone of our Native communities. She has a strong sense of identity and has demonstrated her ability to lead through her previous successes working in tribal communities,” added Jackson, who traveled to Orlando in support of Bowman and Wisconsin Indian education.

One of Bowman’s first orders of business as NIEA president will be to address the growing funding needs of Indian education at the federal level.

“NIEA is the only organization that is exclusively working on behalf of native students to ensure that our trust responsibility is being upheld,” said Bowman, referring to the federal government’s treaty and trust responsibility to American Indian tribes.

“In the current context, Indian education was under attack in the last (federal) budget and NIEA will continue to work diligently to ensure our Native schools and Native student populations are funded,” Bowman added.

Bowman will serve a one (1) year term as board president, which will run concurrent to her other obligations in Wisconsin.

The 48th annual NIEA Convention & Tradeshow runs October 4 – 7, 2017, in Orlando, FL.

New Teacher Recruitment Resource Now Live!

NIEA Announces Launch of Teacher Recruitment Website
The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) is excited to announce the launch of a new resource to support Native serving schools recruit great teachers. In partnership with The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national education non-profit organization, we have launched teach.niea.org– a teacher recruitment website specifically designed to support Native schools recruit and hire great teachers.
Education connects our past and our future-protecting the uniqueness of our cultural identity. Numerous states across the country are experiencing shortages- Native serving schools in rural areas are often the most negatively impacted. Native teachers only make up only 0.5%of teachers nationwide and our students suffer as a result. This new resource will help Native schools equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in the classroom and beyond.
Native schools are looking for Native teachers with:
  • Commitment: Culturally-responsive teachers who embed culture into curriculum and instruction–preparing students to graduate ready for college, career, and community success.
  • Adaptability: Teachers with a nuanced understanding of the challenges Native students face, sensitive to the unique cultures of individual tribes and students, comfortable with productive struggle, and responsive to cultural differences while upholding the belief that all children can learn.
  • Instructional Expertise: Teachers who know their subjects inside and out; who understand the importance of instructional planning, using a challenging curriculum to empower students to learn; and who never stop learning and improving themselves.
  • Respect for Sovereignty, Identity, and Self-Determination: Teachers focused on shaping future leaders, honoring tribal languages and traditions, and protecting cultural identity.
  • Qualifications in High-Demand Areas: Teachers with middle and high school, SPED, STEM, and language and culture certification.
Please take a few minutes today and share this opportunity with educators you know. Thank you for helping us protect our most precious resource-our youth, those who will carry on our culture, language, and traditions.
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 www.niea.org.
Donate to NIEA

Whether you’re an educator, a student, or invested in increasing educational opportunities for Native students, NIEA members help advocate for better policies. Your  contribution will help us continue to be effective advocates, train educators that work with Native students, and close the achievement gap.  To donate, please click HERE.

Dr. Bowman’s NIEA Keynote: Indigenous Innovations: Honoring the Sacred and Asserting the Sovereign in Education through Evaluation

*View on SlideShare Dr. Bowman’s keynote, Indigenous Innovations: Honoring the Sacred and Asserting the Sovereign in Education through Evaluation.

About Dr. Bowman

Dr. Nicole Bowman is the president and founder of the nationally award-winning Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) in Shawano, Wisconsin. Dr. Bowman earned her PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). Her dissertation is recognized as the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional educational policy study in the country to systemically examine how Tribal and non-Tribal educational policy is developed and implemented as public and Tribal governments intersect to educate Indigenous students attending K-12 public schools. Through her work at BPC and UW-Madison, she provides culturally responsive evaluation, research, and policy subject matter expertise where Tribal and non-Tribal governments and organizations collaborate. These projects and initiatives work towards improving the health, economy, education, justice, social, cultural, and human service outcomes for Indigenous populations in reservation, rural, urban, and international community contexts. Dr. Bowman has contributed over two decades of culturally responsive and multi-jurisdictional evaluation, research, training and technical assistance. Dr. Bowman has an academic appointment at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research as a subject matter expert in culturally responsive research, policy, and evaluation through the Learning through Evaluation, Adaptation and Dissemination (LEAD) Center and the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC) Center. She is also an affiliate researcher for the Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) Center at the University of Illinois-Urbana. Dr. Bowman’s practical, passionate, and effective leadership attributes resonate and empower others at every level.

About NIEA

The National Indian Education Association advances comprehensive, culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

NIEA Vision Statement
Our traditional Native cultures and values are the foundations of our learning therefore, NIEA will:

  • Promote educational sovereignty;
  • Support continuing use of traditional knowledge and language;
  • Improve educational opportunities and results;

in our communities.

The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) was formed in 1970, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by Native educators who were anxious to find solutions to improve the education system for Native children. The NIEA Convention was established to mark the beginning of a national forum for sharing and developing ideas, and influencing federal policy.

NIEA adheres to the organization’s founding principles: 1) to bring Native educators together to explore ways to improve schools and the schooling of Native children; 2) to promote the maintenance and continued development of Native languages and cultures; and 3) to develop and implement strategies for influencing local, state, and federal policy and policymakers.

Based in Washington, D.C., NIEA is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors elected annually by membership. Executive Director Ahniwake Rose, who reports to the board, leads NIEA’s dedicated staff of advocates.

Dr. Bowman to Keynote National Indian Education Association Conference

Dr. Nicole Bowman

NIEA Announces Keynote Speakers

NIEA is pleased to announce the two keynote speakers at the 2017 NIEA Convention:

Opening General Assembly, Thursday October 5th 9:00amDr. Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Munsee)

Dr. Nicole Bowman is the president and founder of the nationally award-winning Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) in Shawano, Wisconsin. Dr. Bowman earned her PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). Her dissertation is recognized as the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional educational policy study in the country to systemically examine how Tribal and non-Tribal educational policy is developed and implemented as public and Tribal governments intersect to educate Indigenous students attending K-12 public schools. Dr. Bowman’s practical, passionate, and effective leadership attributes resonate and empower others at every level.

To learn more information about Dr. Bowman, please click here.

Conference Registration

Job Listings from National Indian Education Association

Pyramid Lake Jr./Sr. High School, Social Studies Teacher

To learn more about this position, please click here.

National Education Association, Senior Program/Policy Analyst/Specialist

To learn more about this position, please click here.

Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California, Cultural/Language Resources Director 

To learn more about this position, please click here.

University of South Dakota, Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, 

To learn more about this position, please click here.

National Indian Housing Council, Executive Director 

To learn more about this opportunity, please click here.

National Indian Housing Council, Program Manager

To learn more about this opportunity, please click here.

Curriculum/Assessment Manager 

To learn more about this position, please  click here.

Native Education and School Choice 101…register now!

Register today for the Tuesday, May 23, 12pm – 1pm CST, webinar “Native Education and School Choice 101—What Does Local Control Mean for Tribal Leaders and Educators?”

With the new Administration considering school choice as a vehicle for delivery of education, join this webinar intended to prepare tribal leaders to participate in the ongoing dialogue to determine what “Local Control” means for Native students. The webinar will present background and create an opportunity for tribal and educator input into federal policy recommendations on how tribes can gain increased control over education over Native students.

Register Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

NCAI Contact Information: Gwen Salt, Policy Analyst, gsalt@ncai.org

Share Your Story on Title VI with NIEA!

Share Your Story on Title VI
The Indian Education title in the Every Student Succeeds Act provides an opportunity for schools to provide culturally relevant education. As teachers, educators, parents, and school administrators, you know firsthand the results of these much needed programs and the benefits they provide to our students, schools, and communities.
NIEA is looking for your stories to illustrate the importance of our Title program to Congress and the Administration. We are looking for stories that highlight the need of these programs and the benefits they provide.
Please share your story. Help NIEA give our allies in Congress the information needed to ensure full funding of these programs.
Your response regarding your work should be submitted by March 28th but the survey will continue to remain open.
To share how your school uses this funding, please click here.

NIEA Statement on the White House Budget Blueprint

Washington, D.C.– The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) issues the following analysis regarding the White House’s Budget Blueprint, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” released today:

Today’s budget outline proposes a significant cut to funding for domestic discretionary programs by $54 billion for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 18), including a 13% reduction in the Department of Education (ED) budget, while increasing spending on the military by the same amount. While important educational programs would see substantial reductions, the Department of Defense would see a 10% increase.

The proposed cuts concern NIEA: these programs positively impact Native students. When these cuts are negotiated by Congress, we are concerned that Native education programs are at risk of being reduced.

The 13% cut to the ED would lead to a $9 billion overall cut in funding for FY 2018. The Blueprint provides a look at the programs that may face the steepest cuts, important notes on the Blueprint are below:

  • The following Native education programs are not specifically identified for cuts: the Indian Education Formula Grants (Formerly Title VII and now Title VI), the Alaska Native Educational Equity Support and Assistance Act, and the Native Hawaiian Education Act.
  • $9 billion in cuts to the ED come from programs that are not specifically designed to serve Native students but do impact their education, particularly Native students who attend public schools. Teacher professional development programs see a $2.4 billion reduction, after-school programs see a $1.2 billion cut, and programs that offer higher education assistance for students are reduced by $4.6 billion. These reductions will limit opportunities for Native students if enacted into law.
  • Funding for public and private school choice would increase by $1.4 billion. NIEA has serious concerns about the $250 million in funding for a private school choice program and $1 billion in funding for portability, which risks undermining schools with high concentrations of low-income students. NIEA membership has voiced concerns with programs that support private school choice as recently as this past October, NIEA will be monitoring this proposal closely to ensure the needs of Native students are represented.
  • One part of the Impact Aid Program, Support Payments for Federal Property, was eliminated. This funding of the Program, $66 million FY 16, does not encompass the part of Impact Aid that most directly serve Native communities: the Indian Lands Program is not identified to be cut in this Blueprint. NIEA is nonetheless concerned, Impact Aid in its entirety remains a critical program for Native students and we continue to strongly support fully funding the Program.
  • Head Start is not mentioned at all in this budget outline. NIEA is monitoring funding for this program closely based on concerns voiced over the last few months.

NIEA remains hopeful that the administration will continue to avoid cuts to Native programs in the final FY 2018 Budget which is set to come out in late April or May. We will continue to work with our allies on both sides of the aisle in support of programs that support Native students.

The Department of Interior would also see a $1.5 billion reduction, a 12% cut to their budget, but the Bureau of Indian Education is not slated for reductions. Interior recommitted itself to Indian Country:

  • Tribal sovereignty and the Nation’s trust responsibilities to American Indian and Alaska Natives were identified as priorities for the Department of the Interior. Ensuring self-determination and providing support to tribal governments were acknowledged as responsibilities of the Department.

For a full copy of the entire budget outline, please click here.

To see NIEA’s FY 18 Budget Priorities, please click here.

TAKE ACTION and GET INVOLVED

Native education advocates are encouraged to contact their representatives or senator to express support for full funding of Native education programs.

To take action now, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak with your Representative. They will ask you for your zip code and then connect you. When they do, you may use the following talking points as a guide:

  • I live in _____ and support Native students and Native education. Please tell the Representative that I strongly support full funding for the  [Indian Education Formula Funding, or the Alaska Native Educational Equity Support and Assistance Act, or the Native Hawaiian Education Act]. In my school this critical funding helps serve Native students and it’s important that the program gets the funding we need.
  • I also oppose the President’s proposal to fund private schools through the federal budget. Native students need good public schools, not vouchers which will enable taxpayer money to support private schools. Please tell the Representative to oppose funding for private school choice, also known as vouchers.

NIEA Statement on Revised ESSA State Template

Washington, D.C.– Yatibaey Evans, the President of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) issued the following statement today regarding the rollback of the stakeholder engagement guidelines in the new application for states to use in developing their accountability plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

 

“NIEA is greatly disappointed that one of the key provisions of ESSA, community and parent engagement in school plans, has been eliminated from the template the Department of Education has suggested states use. With over 90% of Native students attending public schools, it is vital that Native voices are heard in the public school system.

 

This conspicuous absence not only risks undermining tribal leaders and Native communities in the development of state plans, but also risks destabilizing the efforts of states such as North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Alaska who have been diligently working to ensure that all are at the table.

 

NIEA will redouble our efforts to work with states with steadfast commitment to the language and intent of ESSA, which require timely and meaningful tribal consultation in state plans and the local consultation required of school districts.

 

We appreciate those states who have showed leadership and look forward to working with tribal leaders and Native communities on behalf of Native students in states across the country to make sure Native voices are at the table when decisions are made.”

 

For immediate assistance or questions, please contact Matt deFerranti, Legislative Director, at (202) 544-7290 or via email at mdeferranti@niea.org.

Building Relationships with Tribes

The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides unique opportunities for states, districts, and tribes to work together to strengthen education for Native students throughout the country. The National Indian Education Association (NIEA), a powerful national educational organization, presents a clear path and framework for consultancy between tribes and school districts as well as state educational departments as mandated by law. To initiate the critical work together, NIEA is poised to support state and local agencies as they navigate the long and sometimes tragic relationship between this country and Native communities to increase opportunities for successful consultation and engagement with them. Developed in partnership with tribes, tribal education advocates, and membership of the NIEA, this resource is meant to provide states and districts the high level strategies necessary to build trusting, reciprocal, and long-lasting relationships with the Native communities in their respective regions.

Read it all here!