Dr. Bowman, First Native American to Receive AEA Award

Every year the American Evaluation Association (AEA) offers awards in eight distinct areas to acknowledge outstanding colleagues and outstanding work. BPC’s very own Waapalaneexkweew Nicole R. Bowman-Farrell is this years winner of the 2018 AEA Robert Ingle Service Award. This is the first time in the history of AEA that a Native American has won any award for the Association. Historic and groundbreaking.  We are so proud of this accomplishment and her continued service to the evaluation profession that influences evaluation globally. Congratulations Dr. Bowman!

Dr. Nicole Bowman

Q & A Session with Honoring Nations

Are you thinking of applying to the 2018 Honoring Nations award in good governance?  Do you have questions about eligibility, the application process, or the criteria?  If so, please join us for a Q & A session and let us answer your questions! Participation is not mandatory; however applicants are encouraged to participate.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 4pm EST
The toll-free call in number: 1-866-889-3913
The Conference Passcode: HN18

The Harvard Project’s Honoring Nations program invites applications from American Indian governments across a broad range of subject areas including:

  • Cultural Affairs
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Education
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Government Performance
  • Health and Social Services
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Justice

The 2018 Honoring Nations awardees will receive a monetary grant to share their stories of success: $2000 for honors and $5000 for high honors.  Awardees will also be featured in case profiles, nation-building curriculum, Google platforms, and through world-class exhibits showcased at the Smithsonian Institution.

At the heart of Honoring Nations is the principle that tribes themselves hold the key to positive social, political, cultural, and economic prosperity—and that self-governance plays a crucial role in building and sustaining strong, healthy Indian nations.  Honored programs give decision-makers fresh ideas about how to create sustainable economies, improve service delivery, protect and manage vital resources, administer justice, and educate tribal citizens.

Applications are due January 24, 2018 For additional information about this program, please contact:


College of Menominee Nation Wins Major Grant

The following is an announcement from Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education.

The office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has announced a $798,199 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help provide ACT preparation courses and leadership opportunities to Menominee Indian High School students. The award will be managed by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) of the College of Menominee Nation.

Project partners collaborating with SDI include the College of Menominee Nation’s teacher education program and digital media program, Menominee Indian School District; Menominee Tribal School; Mawaw Ceseniyah, a community-based Menominee culture and language organization; and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Midwest Region Fire Prevention program. The four-year grant will enhance and expand SDI’s successful youth enrichment program model known as the Sustainability Leadership Cohort. Funding will bring new multifaceted activities centered on fire, which will help introduce language and culture teachings, science, technology, engineering and math concepts, along with leadership and responsibility. The students will gain a better understanding of how Indigenous ecological knowledge and Western science can interact, and how to apply that understanding to address environmental issues both inside and outside the classroom.

The project team will be providing more ACT preparation opportunities for the Menominee Indian High School students to generate an increase in the number of students who take the ACT and apply to college. In addition to receiving ACT preparation, students will work with teams made up of in-service and pre-service teachers, language and culture practitioners, and CMN staff to develop science lessons for elementary classrooms using Indigenous knowledge as the base. This work will take place on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin, at the College of Menominee Nation’s Keshena campus, the Menominee Tribal School, and in the Menominee Indian School District.

Both high school and undergraduate interns (pre-service teachers) will be hired in early 2018. Students will receive a stipend for participation in this program and have the opportunity to present their work at relevant conferences. Funding for the project, titled “Preparing Native Youth for the Future through the Sustainability Leadership Cohort,” is through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Office of Indian Education: Indian Education Discretionary Grants Programs: Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Program.

*Blog originally published here.

Honoring Nations Award nominations now open!

Know of any innovative tribal governance programs?


Join Honoring Nations as we kick off our 2018 Honoring Nations Awards cycle.  Dedicated to recognizing excellence in self-governance, these awards showcase the very best of Indian Country.

Honoring Nations is looking for nominations in the following categories:

  • Cultural Affairs
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Education
  • Government Performance
  • Health and Social Services
  • Justice

Nominate yourself– or a program you know of– by filling out the following form: bit.ly/HN2018Nominate. For more information, email hpaied@hks.harvard.edu.


Applications for New Awards; Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program

The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2017 for Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Programs, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.371C.

DATES: Applications Available: May 16,2017.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 17, 2017.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 13, 2017.

Cindy Savage, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., room 3E237, Washington, DC 20202–6450. Telephone: (202) 453–5998 or by email: OESE.SRCL@ed.gov.

Download the PDF here

Alaska Native Education Program


Applications for New Awards:

Alaska Native Education Program
Abstract: The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2017 for the Alaska Native Education (ANE) program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number 84.356A.


*Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 14, 2017.

Congrats Wisconsin Indian Education Association 2017 Award Recipients

Wisconsin Indian Education Association Announces 2017 Award Recipients

Awardees to be honored Saturday, May 13 in Lac du Flambeau, WI.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU, WI – The Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA) is pleased to announce the annual award recipients for 2017-2018. The awards highlight individuals who have made a lasting impact on the educational opportunities of American Indians and Alaskan Natives living in Wisconsin.
This year the awards span five categories with honors going to 14 individuals. Those categories include: Outstanding American Indian Student of the Year; Outstanding Indian Elder of the Year; Indian Educator of the Year; Ronald N. Satz – Friend of Indian Education; and Indian Parent(s) of the Year.
This year’s awardees are:
  • Outstanding American Indian Student of the Year Pre-K 3rd Grade: Grason Ozaawaanakwaad Jackson, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Indians
  • Outstanding American Indian Student of the Year 4th – 7th Grade: Corbin Welch, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians
  • Outstanding American Indian Student of the Year 8th – 10th Grade: Eve Hawpetoss, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin/Forest County Potawatomi
  • Outstanding American Indian Student of the Year 11th – 12th Grade: Saychia Wayka, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  • Outstanding American Indian Student of the Year 11th – 12th Grade: Autry Johnson, Forest County Potawatomi
  • Outstanding American Indian Student of the Year 11th – 12th Grade:
    Jon Poupart, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
  • Outstanding American Indian Student of the Year 11th – 12th Grade: Emily Skenandore, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
  • Under Graduate Student of the Year: Alexis Harris, Forest County Potawatomi
  • Graduate Student of the Year: Timothy Fish, Muskogee Nation of Oklahoma
  • Outstanding Indian Educator of the Year: Thomas Boelter, Forest County Potawatomi
  • Outstanding Indian Parents of the Year: James and Jennifer Crawford, Forest County Potawatomi
  • Friend of Indian Education of the Year: Samantha Smith
  • Outstanding Indian Elder of the Year: Mildred “Tinker” Schuman, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
  • Outstanding Indian Elder of the Year: Gary Kmiecik, Hunkpapa, Cheyenne River Sioux
“The individuals selected are each in their own way, champions of Indian education,” said Wisconsin Indian Education Association president Brian Jackson. “It is through their diligence and commitment to education that we celebrate Indian achievement at all levels of the educational process,” added Jackson.
Award winners will be honored at an awards banquet on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau. The
awards banquet will be held in association with the 31st annual Wisconsin Indian Education Association conference titled, “Mino-Ayaa ‘Idiiwin: Let’s Be Healthy Together“, May 12-13, 2017. The conference is set to take place at The Waters of Minocqua with related events at Lakeland Union High School, Lac du Flambeau Public School and Lake of the Torches Resort Casino Convention Center.
The conference is the only statewide conference that specifically addresses issues in Native American education at all educational levels from early childhood programs to graduate and professional schools.
“On behalf of the conference selection committee, we congratulate this year’s field of winners,” said 2017 conference committee chair Susan Crazy Thunder, who also serves on the WIEA board of directors. “This is a competitive nomination process and we truly appreciate everyone who took the time to participate in this year’s awards process. Thank you for your commitment to building a better tomorrow for Indian education in Wisconsin and beyond.”

News Release: Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition

State Superintendent Tony Evers announced 178 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards for the 2016-17 academic year, an honor that recognizes success in educating students from low-income families.

Additional information is available on the Department of Public Instruction News Room website http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/news-release/dpinr2017_39.pdf. (Text at https://dpi.wi.gov/news/releases/2017/evers-names-178-wisconsin-title-i-schools-recognition.)

Please direct comments or questions about this news item to Tom McCarthy, (608) 266-3559, Thomas.McCarthy@dpi.wi.gov.

Nominate an Outstanding American Indian Student of the Year!

student of the yearWIEA is now accepting nominations for this year’s award honorees! Categories for this year’s awards include: Outstanding American Indian Student of the Year, Outstanding Indian Elder of the Year, Indian Educator of the Year, Ronald M. Statz – Friend of Indian Education, and Indian Parent(s) of the Year.

Awards will be presented at the annual WIEA Conference Scholarship and Awards Banquet. Honorable Mention will be given to 2nd place nominees.

If you know an outstanding Indian person that fits the criteria, nominate them now! Don’t forget, non-Indian individuals are eligible for the Ronald M. Statz – Friend of Indian Education award!

Good luck!

*Award forms on WIEA

Annual Competition Rewards Commercially Viable Education Technology Products

iesFunding Opportunity! Small Business Innovation Research program at the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences is taking solicitations until January 21st.

*Information from iES. Please visit: https://ies.ed.gov/sbir/2016solicitations.asp

ED/IES SBIR Fiscal Year 2016 Program Solicitation is Now Open

Through its annual competition, the Small Business Innovation Research program at the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences provides funding to firms and partners for the research and development, and evaluation of commercially viable education technology products.

On December 7, 2015, ED/IES SBIR released its Fiscal Year 2016 solicitation:

Fiscal Year 2015 “Phase I” Solicitation: Solicitation #ED-IES-16-R-0003, is a request for Phase I proposals for awards up to $150,000 for 6-months. These proposals are for the development of prototypes of education technology products to improve relevant student, teacher, or administrator outcomes in education and special education settings.

To access to the Phase I solicitation on the FBO.gov website, click here.

The submission deadline for all Phase I proposals is January 21, 2016, at 2 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.

Please Note: ED/IES SBIR is not offering a Fast-Track (Phase I & II) program solicitation in FY 2016.

For more information about the Institute’s SBIR program, visit the program website by clicking here.