NIEA Hill Day

Join Us For NIEA’s 2017 Legislative Summit

Join us on February 15-16, 2017 in Washington, DC as we advocate for Native students at a critical moment for Native education. Connect with tribal leaders and Native advocates as we meet with Members of Congress and administration officials and visit about the needs of Native students and the critical issues that impact Native education.

NIEA and our national partners will lead sessions on Native languages and ESSA implementation.

Engaging sessions at NIEA’s 2017 Summit will cover:

  • The New Administration: Native education will face questions of tribal sovereignty and the discussions of the consequences of vouchers. Participants will hear from officials who will provide updates on current programs and policy changes in the coming year.
  • The Budget for Native Education: The upcoming fight for appropriations for the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years will be the most difficult and important one of the decade. Be there for this critical discussion of strategy and advocate for Native students!
  • Vouchers and their Consequences for Native Education: President Elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has supported vouchers, which she believes are a means of providing low-income and working-class parents with educational options.  Many believe that legislation to create a voucher program for Native children in the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools will be reintroduced this Congress and that voucher proposals will be a significant subject of debate of the next four years. Learn about this critical threat to tribal sovereignty!
  • A Campaign for Native Teachers: Join NIEA, Native education experts, tribal officials, and key stakeholders for a discussion on leveraging resources in Native communities to transform the lives of Native students through effective teachers. Training, hiring, and retaining teachers in low-income schools with Native students is a critical opportunity. Come learn about this Campaign!


Registration for NIEA’s 2017 Legislative Summit is free but is required. Click here to find out more information, register for the event, pre-order lunch, view the agenda, and receive assistance scheduling a meeting with your congressman.