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Bureau of Indian Education

Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240


DIRECTOR Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes, Acting

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides quality educational opportunities for eligible American Indian and Alaska Native elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students from federally recognized tribes. The Bureau directs and manages education functions, including forming policies and procedures, supervises program activities, and approves the expenditure of funds appropriated for education functions.

The BIE educates approximately 48,000 American Indian and Alaska Native children at 183 elementary and secondary schools on 64 reservations in 23 States. The Bureau operates 57 of these schools. The other 126 schools are tribally operated under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.) or the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988 (25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.). The BIE oversees two postsecondary schools—Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS, and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, NM—and it funds the Navajo and United Tribes Technical Colleges.

Sources of Information

Career Opportunities

American Indian children deserve a quality education—and that starts with highly qualified, dedicated staff and educators. The BIE employees nearly 4,500 professionals in careers that offer unique and diverse cultural and lifestyle experiences. Phone, 505-563-5304. | Email:


The BIE "National Directory" (SEP 2016) is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) online.­045002.pdf

Divisions and Programs

The BIE Web site features a web page with a list of the agency's divisions and programs and links to their web sites.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

FOIA requests for BIE records should be sent to the Indian Affairs FOIA Officer. Phone, 202-208-3135 or 202-208-5097. | Email:


The BIE posts news items on its Web site.

The BIE has a Facebook page.

The BIE tweets on Twitter.


Performance and special education reports and school report cards are accessible online.


BIE education line officers, school superintendents, principals, teachers, and staff can access program guidance, handbooks, templates, and training provided in various formats—WebEx or PowerPoint—to refresh professional skills. These online documents and presentations are provided to supplement staff training throughout the school year.


The BIE Web site provides information on scholarship opportunities for American Indian students.

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