Helping Native American Students to Achieve

Have a Title VII - 506 Form?

Please send it to:
Austin ISD/American Indian Education Program
3908 Avenue B, Baker Center, Rm. 205
Austin, TX 8751

Carson Scholars Fund

Deadline: December 19, 2014 – Nomination deadline

The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Scholarship winners receive the honor of being named "Carson Scholars" and are awarded an Olympic-sized medal and a trophy for their school to celebrate their accomplishments.

National Young Leaders Conference/Leadership Development/High School Leadership Conference
Summer 2015

The National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) is a seven-day leadership program for outstanding high school students. At this summer program, Washington, DC will serve as your living classroom where you will join high-achieving peers from across the nation to gain real-world leadership experience and the essential leadership skills you need to succeed in college and in your future career. 

Through hands-on workshops, exciting speaking events, and exclusive site visits you will be empowered to emerge as an influential voice in your community, state, and even at the national level. Discover the secrets of leaders as you explore your interests, enlarge your perspective and hone the skills you need to become an influential leader in the 21st century. - See more at:

National Student Leadership Conference - Reach your leadership potential


Leadership is the key to success in every profession and at the core of every NSLC youth leadership program. At the NSLC, you will enjoy innovative and fun leadership workshops where you will both learn and apply essential leadership skills including: Team Building, Ethical Decision Making, Time Management, Goal Setting, Public Speaking, and Conflict Resolution.

The All Native American High School Academic Team (ANAHSAT)

The AIGC All Native American High School Academic Team (ANAHSAT) honors ten exceptional American Indian and Alaska Native high school students.  
Students will be evaluated on outstanding original academic, artistic or leadership endeavor, as described in his or her own words. 

The deadline to apply is March 6, 2015, for more information, please click here.

About the INSPIRE Pre-College Program

Application due: March 1, 2015

Program dates: July 5 – July 25, 2015

The INSPIRE Pre-College Program is a full scholarship open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian rising junior and senior high school students, including 2015 anticipated graduates, who want to spend 3-weeks on the George Washington University (GW) campus to learn about  intergovernmental relations between tribal governments and the federal government. The program is a full-day experiential undergraduate course, Native Politics and the American Political System taught by GW faculty, which will offer opportunities for students to meet and interview influential Native advocates who work in Washington, D.C.

As an added bonus, INSPIRE students live on campus and participate in recreational programs with the community of high school students enrolled in GW Pre-College programs.

INSPIRE scholarships are awarded to students based on evidence of academic ability, leadership potential, and an interest in public service. Students from all tribes and from every part of the United States are welcome to apply.

There is no application fee. The INSPIRE Pre-College Program is spearheaded by the Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) at (GW) and made possible by a generous grant from the AT&T Foundation.

What does the INSPIRE scholarship cover?

  • One course in Native Politics and the American Political System (3 undergraduate credit hours)
  • Room and board at GW
  • Airfare to and from Washington, D.C. (one round-trip ticket)
  • All required textbooks
  • Required local travel related to the course             

NOTE: While credit bearing courses are typically transferable to other institutions, please check specific university policies.

How to apply?

We encourage you to submit your application through our online system. The following list contains required supporting documents that may be submitted seperately:

  1. 350 Word Essay
  2. High School Transcript
  3. Proof of Tribal Enrollment or Ancestry
  4. Recommendation form completed by a teacher or counselor

All application materials must be recieved by March 1, 2014. We offer a wide variety of convenient ways for you to submit the required documents. You may submit the required documents by:

  • Attaching the documents to the online application; or
  • Emailing digital copies to; or
  • Faxing copies to 202-994-8471; or
  • Mailing copies to The Native American Political Leadership Program at the George Washington University, Attn: The INSPIRE Pre-College Program, 1922 F Street NW Suite 401, Washington, DC 20052.

To apply:

"Voting Rights Today" Essay and Documentary Contest

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the LBJ Foundation announces the 2015 "Voting Rights Today" Essay and Documentary Contest.

The contest is open to all 12th grade Texas students with a first place award of $2,500 and paid trip to the LBJ Presidential Library for the award ceremony. Submissions will be accepted January 1-26, 2015.

For full contest details including eligibility and requirements, please visit the Voting Rights Today page

High School Students
American Indian Education Program
Career Readiness Workshops

Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills and How to write a Letter of Interest

Round Rock ISD/Old Hopewell Building
1311 Round Rock Avenue
Round Rock, TX 78681
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Snacks will be served.

To sign up, please contact:
Diane Tigges
American Indian Education Program
3908 Avenue B, Rm. 205
Austin, TX 78751
Phone: (512) 414-0159 Fax: (512) 414-1228

American Indian Heritage Day was celebrated Friday, September 26, 2014 at The Bob Bullock Museum.  This program is sponsored by Great Promise for American Indians, a local Austin non-profit agency. The story is located at 11:30 on the video.

Cherokee speakers narrate children’s e-books for Unite for Literacy

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee language will now be shared in even more homes across the country.

This week fluent speakers in the tribe’s translation department read 10 early literacy books in the Cherokee language that were recorded for Unite for Literacy’s online e-book library.

Unite for Literacy, based in Fort Collins, Colo., currently has more than 100 e-books that parents can access for free at

The books, targeting ages 0-8, are narrated in 17 different languages, including Navajo, Spanish, Arabic and German, with Cherokee now being the 18th language offered.

“The Unite for Literacy group has a pretty far reach, and their goal is to create literacy among children,” said Roy Boney, manager of the Cherokee Language Program. “Having the option to hear Cherokee in these books is really great for the preservation of the language. We’re very happy to partner with Unite for Literacy to make this happen.”

Michael McGuffee, CEO of Unite for Literacy, says about 25,000 e-books are opened on the website per week. The Cherokee narrations are expected to be online in July.

“We want to support all children in celebrating their cultures and languages, and get culturally and linguistically relevant books in their homes,” McGuffee said. “It’s important to work with the tribes that can narrate these books so they can be listened to in English and in native languages, like Cherokee.”

Some of the books narrated in Cherokee include, “Loud and Clear” by Zaiga Cress and “Saddle Up” by Racheal Martinez.

McGuffee said the books segue into deeper conversations between children and their parents about second-language acquisition. The narrated e-books also serve as a platform for language revitalization.

For more information on the Cherokee Language Program, call 918-453-5487.

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Title VII Indian Education Program

About our program

How are needs identified?

  • Survey of parents, teachers and secondary Native students
  • A review of testing and attendance data
  • Community input
  • An analysis of the previous year's program

How is Title VII funded?

Completed 506 forms help generate funds to provide supplemental services to Alaska Native/American Indian students enrolled in grades PK-12 at Austin ISD, Bastrop ISD, Leander ISD, Liberty Hill ISD and Round Rock ISD. The 506 form is a federal form that certifies student eligibility for the Title VII Indian Education Program. If you, your child or his/her grandparent are an enrolled member of an American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Group, then your child may be eligible to be enrolled in the Title VII, Indian Education Program.

The Title VII Program applies for an EASIE Formula grant each fiscal year. The process involves two parts: Part IA, a student count which opens in January and closes in February; and Part IIA, program development which opens in April and closes in May. Throughout the grant process public forums are held for the community to give suggestions for the Title VII Program. 

What services are provided by the Title VII Program?

  • Academic tutoring
  • Cultural books
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • College preparation and career assistance
  • Scholarship information

How can parents become involved?

Join the Native American Parent Advisory Committee. Members include parents of Native students, teachers, and Native secondary students. The committee meets quarterly 6:00 p.m. at Great Promise for American Indians, 3710 Cedar Street, Cafeteria, Austin, Tx 78705 to offer assistance and recommendations with respect to the program. For more information on the Native American Parent Advisory Committee meetings and locations, please call the AIEP office at (512) 414-0159.

What's in the future?

The collection of 506 forms is an ongoing effort. With the collection of higher numbers of 506 forms we can staff additional schools and continue to provide academic and cultural support. The Title VII, Indian Education Program will continue to assist Alaska Native and American Indian students in achieving and exceeding Texas state standards.