Overview

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.

Native American Youth, Educators, and Employers (NAYEE) Conference

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Please consider donating to the Office of Indian Education in support of youth attendance at our events.

For additional information, contact us at 602-542-5235 / 602-542-2345 or email us.

Native American Code Writers Program

The Native American Code Writers program (NACWP) was initiated and funded by the Arizona Legislature in April 2016 and renewed in April 2018. The Arizona Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education and the Indian Education Advisory Council provide program oversight and support.

The Native American Code Writers program targets Native American students and their teachers in order to teach Computer Science (CS) to 100 high school students yearly, across six reservations. The CS content is designed to help students think critically, problem-solve, and work with technology integration using app development, gaming, website design, multimedia, cybersecurity, and robotics.