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,

The Improve Group is Looking for a Senior Research Analyst!

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Submit application packages by Tuesday June 14, 2016 to

What Can Public Ed Learn from Dr. Nicky?

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2016 Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum Call for Proposals is now OPEN!

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This year’s Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum will be held on Wednesday, June 29th in Spokane, Washington as a part of the NCAI Mid Year Conference. Cognizant of the one of the primary policy concerns for tribal leaders across the globe, and particularly in the Pacific Northwest, we are seeking proposals that address climate change–both in a specific and broad sense–and that allow us to work together to generate healthy, affirming climates for our precious peoples.

All proposals should be submitted to by Friday, February 19th at 5:00pm (Eastern). Please visit the Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum page and Call for Proposals for templates and more information to guide your submission process. (

Video: Why are There Differences in Tribal Policies and Activities?

Though geography may play a part, Dr. Nicky addresses why there are differences in Tribal policy activities.

The more formal policies between the tribe and the public school, the more policy activities take place. There are more collaborative activities, even informal activities. More social and cultural activities and better feelings and relationships.

Understand Differences to Improve Public Ed

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“Understanding similarities and differences in Tribal and public ed policy aids in understanding policy environment and leadership behaviors to strengthen public ed for American Indian students.” – Dr. Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Munsee)

Interested in Policy, Data and Research for American Indians? The National Congress of American Indians Has Posted It’s 1st Quarterly Online Newsletter.



The Policy Research Team  at National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and some of their Tribal Data Partners have put together their first quarterly issue of the Data Drum. Please read it and share it with others! You can also find a copy of it here November Data Drum.

Please visit NCAI’s website

Formal Policies = Better Relationships

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“The more formal policies between the tribe and the public school, the more policy activities take place. There are more collaborative activities, even informal activities. More social and cultural activities and better feelings and relationships.” – Dr. Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Munsee)

Funding and Policy Quote

funding and policy“Studying how levels of funding impact Tribal and public ed policy development, implementation, fidelity, and impacts of policies for American Indian K-12 students can inform leadership, governance, economic, and educational stakeholders.” – Dr. Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Munsee)

Collegiate Wind Competition: Now Recruiting Students for 2015-2016! (Info Session April 29th)

Come join the newest student competition team at UW-Madison! The national Collegiate Wind Competition combines the expertise of students from a variety of engineering, business, communications, and social science programs, and challenges them to utilize their individual skills to develop state-of-the-art wind energy solutions as a team. Undergraduate students from all majors and disciplines are welcome to apply for the 2015-16 school year. Team members will be selected based on the diversity of backgrounds and interests. Students interested in design, entrepreneurship, marketing, environmental science, policy, and planning are encouraged to apply!

Info Session: April 29th, 4 p.m. Caucus Room, 4th Floor of Student Activity Center (SAC), 333 East Campus Mall

Apply by May 1 by visiting or email Scott Williams at