The Office of Indian Education (OIE) administers federal and state programs to meet the educational and cultural needs of Native American students. The office implements A.R.S. 15-244, Indian Education Act, providing outreach to all of Arizona’s local educational agencies (LEAs) on reservations and urban areas with high populations of American Indian students. OIE provides technical assistance in collaboration with all units at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) that interface with these LEAs. Conferences and training, as well as parental involvement activities, are also provided onsite and at ADE.
The Director of Indian Education serves as a liaison between the tribal education departments and the ADE. The Director works via partnerships with outside agencies to provide resources for Native American students, and facilitates the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s initiatives to benefit the academic achievement and cultural awareness of Arizona’s indigenous youth.