Indian Education


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.  

Save the date for the 9th annual North Dakota Indian Education Summit to be held July 6 & 7, 2023 in Bismarck at the ND Heritage Center and the State Capitol Building. Watch for information regarding registration, tentatively set to open April 3, 2023 at 8am.

ND Indian Education Summit Save the Date flyer


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 8th Annual North Dakota Indian Education Summit (NDIES).

This year's event is being planned and information will be posted here soon. Registration for the 2023 Summit will be available in April. This two-day event will be held at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Capitol in Bismarck, ND on July 6-7, 2023. This annual event is open to all ND educators and is designed to provide professional development and education on best practices in Indian education.

The Summit 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 not answered by the following resources (items will be linked when details are finalized), please contact the Indian Education Office.

  • Eventbrite Registration
  • 2023 NDIES Agenda
  • Breakout Session Schedule
  • Featured Keynote Speakers
  • Capitol Grounds Map
  • ND Heritage Center Map
  • Capitol Ground Floor Map
  • Workshop Credit
  • Local Hotel Information (provided by the Bismarck-Mandan Visitor and Convention Bureau)

2022 Vendors (V) and Exhibitors (E) included:

  • V - Color Street with Lauri
  • V - Color Street with Tami
  • V - Native Artists United with Shawna
  • V - Native Artists United with Willow & Emma
  • V - Pemmican Patty Food Company, Inc.
  • V - Tastefully Simple
  • E - 7 Generation Games
  • E - Circle of Nations School
  • E - Family and Child Education (FACE Program)
  • E - High Plains Fair Housing Center
  • E - Native, Inc.
  • E - North Dakota Afterschool Network
  • E - North Dakota Navigators
  • E - North Dakota State Library
  • E - North Dakota United
  • E - Pathfinder Services of ND
  • E - RoboKind
  • E - State Historical Society of ND
  • E - University of North Dakota Indigenous Health Dept
  • E -
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