Alaska Native Education

Tribal Enrollment and 504 Elegibility


Title VI Native Education -Indian/Native Education Act


The 1972 Indian Education Act was the landmark legislation establishing a comprehensive approach to meeting the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students. The unique aspects of the original authority have been retained through subsequent legislative reauthorizing statutes, with the latest revision occurring with the amendments made by the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which reauthorized the program as Title VII Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Indian Education legislation is unique in the following ways:

  • It recognizes that American Indians have unique, educational and culturally related academic needs and distinct language and cultural needs;
  • It is the only comprehensive Federal Indian Education legislation, that deals with American Indian education from pre-school to graduate-level education and reflects the diversity of government involvement in Indian education;
  • It focuses national attention on the educational needs of American Indian learners, reaffirming the Federal government’s special responsibility related to the education ofAmerican Indians and Alaska Natives; and
  • It provides services to American Indians and Alaska Natives that are not provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 

Are you, your child, or his/her grandparent an Alaska Native or American Indian?

An Alaska Native or American Indian is defined as:

  • A member (as defined by the Indian tribe or band) of an Indian tribe or band, including those Indian tribe or bands, terminated since 1940, and those recognized by the state in which the tribe or band reside; or
  • a descendent in the first or second degree (parent or grandparent) as described in (1); or considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose; or
    an Eskimo or Aleut or other Alaska Native; or
  • a member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect October 19, 1994

If so, your child may be able to enroll in Title VII Native Education Program. Enrollment will increase opportunities available for your Native student. The program's goal is to help Native students meet and exceed state academic and cultural standards.

  • Program opportunities may include:
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Academic support
  • Tutoring
  • Service referrals
  • Secondary student mentoring

Title VII Student Eligibility Certificate - 504 Form

The Federal Programs Office must have an original 504 form on file for all students enrolled in the program. Once enrolled, the student will remain eligible for as long as they attend a NSBSD school. Forms can be obtained during enrollment at your schools or by visiting the Federal Programs Office

Click Here for Indian ED 504 Application

Native Education Parent Committee also known as Federal Program Parent Advisory Committee FPPAC

The Native Education Parent Committee

The Native Education Parent Committee known as FPPAC is established under the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education. The committee is responsible for:

  • Approving the Annual Title VII Grant Application
  • Advising the District and School Leaders on the cultural needs of Native students
  • Monitoring the Native Education program on behalf of the native communities of North Slope

Members of the Committee include:

  • Greater than 50% Parents of program eligible students, elected in a general election (SAC election) one representative per village
  • At least one teacher (on a rotational basis among the villages) 
  • Student representative (on rotational basis among the villages)

Meetings are always open to the public and involvement of parents, students, and community leaders is encouraged.