Program Description


Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and the Arizona Department of Education are committed to providing the highest quality education to Arizona’s 60,000 American Indian students in the Arizona public/charter school system. The ADE Indian Education office is in the Policy Development and Government Relations Division in the Arizona Department of Education.

Our mission is to promote leadership, education and training to schools, agencies and governments which are responsible for the quality education of Arizona’s American Indian children. The Indian Education program administers federal grants, including the Johnson‐O’Malley Program, to meet the educational and cultural needs of participating LEAs serving American Indian students and implements A.R.S. §15‐244, Indian Education Act.

Outreach is provided to all of Arizona’s local educational agencies on reservations and urban areas with high populations of American Indian students. Technical assistance is provided in collaboration with all units at ADE that interface with these LEAs. Conferences and training, as well as parental involvement activities, are also provided throughout the year.

The Director of Indian Education serves as a liaison between Arizona’s tribal governments and the ADE, works via partnerships with outside agencies to provide resources for Native American students, and facilitates the Superintendent’s initiatives to benefit the academic achievement and cultural awareness of Arizona’s indigenous youth.

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Contact Information

Office of Indian Education
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin 14
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: (602) 542-5235
Fax: (602) 542-5440

Director of Indian Education: Nadine Groenig
[email protected]