The National Indian Education Association (NIEA), founded in 1969, is the most inclusive Native organization in the country representing Native students, educators, families, communities, and tribes. NIEA's goal is to expand access to equal educational opportunities for every Native student regardless of their location or background. This goal is accomplished through focusing on helping tribes and communities develop capacity to administer excellent education programs for Native students by promoting culturally based education models that allow future generations to strengthen languages and preserve the traditions of their tribes and communities.
NIEA adheres to the organization’s founding principles: 1) to bring Native educators together to explore ways to improve schools and the schooling of Native children; 2) to promote the maintenance and continued development of Native languages and cultures; and 3) to develop and implement strategies for influencing local, state, and federal policy and policymakers.
Based in Washington, D.C., NIEA is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors elected annually by membership. Executive Director Ahniwake Rose, who reports to the board, leads NIEA’s dedicated staff of advocates.
NIEA Mission Statement
The National Indian Education Association advances comprehensive, culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
NIEA Vision Statement
Their traditional Native cultures and values are the foundations of their learning therefore, NIEA will:
Promote educational sovereignty;
Support continuing use of traditional knowledge and language;
Improve educational opportunities and results;
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