The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.
Approximately 170 students had disabilities so profound as to require institutionalized services on a 24 hour basis which were paid for by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be used for physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, direct academic services and administration including staff development.
Funds may only be used for students who are enrolled in a Bureau-funded school.
Members or direct descendants of members of Federally recognized tribes and enrolled in a BIA-funded school.
Indian children enrolled in a Bureau- funded school who are between the ages of five and twenty-one who have been determined by a multi-disciplinary team comprised of parents, teachers, school administrators and other concerned parties to be in need of specialized services available only in residential settings. Children whose fifth birthday occurs on or before December 31 or whose twenty-second birthday occurs during the course of the regular school year shall be regarded as eligible children for the entire school year.
An Individual Education Program must be developed by a multi-disciplinary team.
Aplication and Award Process
A parent, classroom teacher, Tribal educator or other concerned party must identify a student as needing services and inform the head of the school attended by the student.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
The Individual Education Program is submitted to either the Institutionalized Program Coordinator at the Cheyenne River Education Line Office, the Ft. Defiance Education Line Office or the Office of Indian Education Programs Office's Center for School Improvement in Albuquerque, NM.
The multi-disciplinary team in conjunction with the concerned Institutionalized Coordinator determines in what institution the child will receive services.
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.; Indian Education Amendments of 1978, Public Law 95-561, 25 U.S.C. 2001 et seq.; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Public Law 101-476, 20 U.S.C. 1400.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
10 to 45 days.
The appeals process is outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Public Law 101-476, 20 U.S.C. 1400.
Individual Education Programs must be updated annually on the anniversary date of the Individual Education Program for as long as the student requires services.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Payments are made directly to the institution in which the eligible child is placed.
Post Assistance Requirements
None from the applicant or beneficiary.
(Total Amount of Awards) FY 07 $3,713,000; FY 08 est. $3,715,000; and FY 09 est. $3,737,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The average education cost for students in institutions is between $140 and $300 per day.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
25 CFR 38; 25 CFR 39; 25 CFR 42; 25 CFR 43; 25 CFR 45; 25 CFR 900; 34 CFR 300; 34 CFR 300 (Appendix C); 34 CFR 303.
Regional or Local Office
See Education Line Officers' addresses in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Office of Indian Education Programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 500 Gold Avenue S.W., 7th Floor, PO Box 1088, Albuquerque, NM 87103-1088. Contact: Chief, Center for School Improvement. Telephone: (505) 248-6942. Use the same number for FTS.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
All Individual Education Programs are funded.
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