Bureau of Indian Education

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Bureau of Indian Education
Agency overview
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., U.S.

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), headquartered in the Main Interior Building in Washington, D.C., and formerly known as the Office of Indian Education Programs (OIEP), is a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior under the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. It is responsible for the line direction and management of all BIE education functions, including the formation of policies and procedures, the supervision of all program activities, and the approval of the expenditure of funds appropriated for BIE education functions.[1]

The BIE school system has 184 elementary and secondary schools and dormitories located on 63 reservations in 23 states, including seven off-reservation boarding schools and 122 schools directly controlled by tribes and tribal school boards under contracts or grants with the BIE. The bureau also funds 66 residential programs for students at 52 boarding schools and at 14 dormitories housing those attending nearby tribal or public schools.[1]

In the area of postsecondary education, the BIE provides support to 24 tribal colleges and universities across the U.S. serving over 25,000 students, and directly operates two institutions of higher learning: Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) in Lawrence, Kansas, and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[2] The latter lost its accreditation in July 2010 and had been designated a "candidate" by the Higher Learning Commission.[3] On March 12, 2014 SIPI was awarded "Initial Accreditation" by the Higher Learning Commission.[4] Additionally, the BIE also operates higher education scholarship programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives.[1]


Directly operated[edit]

A listing of schools directly operated by the Bureau of Indian Education:[5]

Tribally operated[edit]

There are also tribally operated schools affiliated with the BIE.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Indian Affairs FAQs". Bureau of Indian Affairs. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Schools". Bureau of Indian Education. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  3. ^ Schoellkopf, Andrea (15 July 2010). "SIPI Asks Colleges To Honor Credits". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2015-02-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b "National Directory June 2015" (Archive). Bureau of Indian Education. Retrieved on June 16, 2015.

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