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.  

Indian Education Summit Save the Date flyer

Registration is now open for the 2022 ND Indian Education Summit.

2022 ND Indian Education Summit

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI), Office of Indian/Multicultural Education and the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission are pleased to announce the 8th Annual North Dakota Indian Education Summit (NDIES). This two-day event will be held at the North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck, ND on July 7-8, 2022. The NDIES is open to all ND educators and is designed to provide professional development and education on best practices in Indian education.

Registration is now open!

The registration cost includes two full days of dynamic keynotes, educational breakout sessions, cultural presentations, breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks, handouts/resource materials, door prizes, and great networking opportunities. Single day rates are not available. Lodging is not included and is not arranged by Summit staff.

  • Attendee Registration Fee - $145
  • Product Vendor Registration Fee - $100
  • Exhibitor (Informational Booth) Registration Fee - $50
  • Presenter/Staff Registration Fee - FREE

**On-site registrations will NOT be accepted.**

There is limited space available for this popular event, so be sure to register early. We will only be able to accommodate the first 200 registrants. Registration payments must be made online with a credit card at the time of registration. Payments by cash or check will no longer be accepted for any registrations.

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.

This year's Vendors (V) and Exhibitors (E) include:

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