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No Child Left Behind in Indian Country

The National Indian Education Association has released a preliminary 28-page report on "No Child Left Behind in Indian Country," based on a series of hearings around the country.

Witnesses voiced many concerns. Here is one.

Witnesses identified education as a fundamental aspect of tribal sovereignty. The
devolution of the trust relationship of the federal government to tribal governments
is a growing concern, given the growing presence of State governments
in the education of Native students in tribal jurisdictions, as well as state involvement
in determining the context for BIA funded education including both Tribal
and federal operated schools. The need for tribal consultation involving NCLB
and the shifting intergovernmental, tribal, federal, and state relationships in
Native education was strongly identified. It is noted that States are increasingly
controlling the education contexts through standards accreditation and teacher
certification which is now aligned with direct Federal management of provisions
of NCLB affecting Indian education in State public schools and tribal education
while the tribal voice appears to be unnoticed.

The full report may be accessed at the url below.

— National Indian Education Association
Preliminary Report on No Child Left Behind in Indian Country
http://www.niea.org/sa/uploads/policyissues/29.23.NIEANCLBreport_final2.pdf


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