The unique historical relationship between Tribal Nations and the United States government is a special federal-Indian relationship. This federal-Indian relationship was shaped by the United States Constitution and treaties, and as living documents, the United States Constitution and treaties between tribal Nations is the foundation for the special federal “fiduciary” responsibility for the education of Native learners.

Under various pieces of federal legislation, the United States Congress has stipulated that its responsibility is to ensure that educational programs for all American Indian students and adults meet specific criteria. These programs should (a) focus on high-quality, internationally competitive content and performance standards and (b) reinforce the Indian culture and the Indian community.

The U.S. Office of Indian Education in Washington directly offers a number of programs. These programs may be offered to schools through Formula Grants, Demonstration Grants, and Professional Development Grants.  




2023 ND Indian Education Summit

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI), Office of Indian/Multicultural Education and the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission would like to thank those who participated in the 9th Annual North Dakota Indian Education Summit (NDIES).

We will start planning for next year's Summit soon and information will be posted here when it becomes available. Registration for the 2024 Summit will be available in April. This two-day event will be held in Bismarck, ND and is open to all ND educators. The Indian Education Summit is designed to provide professional development and education on best practices in Indian education.

The event will include two full days of dynamic keynotes, educational breakout sessions, cultural presentations, breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, handouts/resource materials, door prizes, and great networking opportunities.

There is limited space available for this popular annual event, so be sure to register early. 

If you have any questions please contact the Indian Education Office.

If you or your business would like to sponsor the 2024 ND Indian Education Summit, 10th anniversary edition, through monetary donations or door prize donations, please contact the Indian Education Office.

The generous 2023 event sponsors include:

  • ND Department of Public Instruction
  • ND Indian Affairs Commission
  • State Historical Society of ND
  • Theodore Jamerson Elementary School, United Tribes Technical College
  • Basin Electric Power Cooperative
  • Bis-Man Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Short River Enterprises, LLC
  • Allan Boswell, Artist
  • Ideal Image Dentistry & Spa
  • Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
  • Indigenous Reflections
  • Peter Jeff, Author, Leadership Mints Publishing
  • Pemmican Patty Food Company
North Dakota Tribal Nations

Spirit Lake Tribe
P.O. Box 359
Fort Totten, ND 58335

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
P.O. Box D
Fort Yates, ND 58538

Three Affiliated Tribes-MHA Nation
HC3 Box 2
New Town, ND 58763

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
P.O. Box 900
Belcourt, ND 58316

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
7 Chestnut St E,
Sisseton, SD 57262