Indian Education Program
Indian Education Act
What is the Indian Education Program described by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act?
According to the Department of Education, “the Indian Education program supports the efforts of school districts, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions (like colleges and universities),and other entities to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students so that they can meet the same challenging state student academic achievement standards as all other students.”
How do California schools get funding under Title VI?
Under Title VII, schools in California are eligible for formula grants. Each local district receives at least $3,000. School district applications for these grants must include academic content and student academic achievement goals, as well as benchmarks for attaining such goals, that are based on the challenging state academic content and achievement standards for all children adopted under Title I. Based on 2007 statistics (the latest available), the state is allotted an average of $194 per Native Student.
Grant funds supplement the regular school program. Projects help Indian children sharpen their academic skills, assisting students in becoming proficient in the core content areas, and provide students an opportunity to participate in enrichment programs that would otherwise be unavailable. Funds support such activities as after-school programs, early childhood education, tutoring, and dropout prevention.
HOW TO APPLY
The Indian Education Enrollment Form is a one-page form available at your child’s school, at the Indian Education Program district office, or online. Completed forms can be submitted to your local school or directly to the Indian Education Program via fax, email, US Postal Service.
Los Angeles Unified School District
Indian Education Program
333 South Beaudry Ave. 25th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Click here for the English Certification Form
*Form is the most current official form from US Department of Education
Any American Indian/Alaska Native student that is enrolled in the Los Angeles Unified School District and meets the criteria below is eligible to receive services.
Defined by federal law (ESSA, Title VI) Indian is an individual who is:
A member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the tribe or band including:
Any tribe or band terminated since 1940
Any tribe or band recognized by the State in which the tribe or band resides
A descendent, in the first or second degree, of an individual described in subparagraph (A);
considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose;
An Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaskan Native; or
A member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as in effect the day preceding the date of enactment of the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994.
Eligibility requires the student, parent, or grandparent have Tribal membership (membership/enrollment number or other proof) with a Federally Recognized Tribe.
For list of Federally Recognized Tribes, please click here.
For the BIA Tribal Leaders Directory, click here.
For the National Congress of American Indians Tribal Directory list, click here.