American Indian Education Program

Helping Native American Students to Achieve

Honor Ceremony for 2014 Graduates

You are invited to attend the 2014 Senior's Honor Ceremony
Join Great Promise for American Indians
April 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
As we honor our
Native American
High School Graduates

Please RSVP to AIEP Coordinator
Diane Tigges at (512) 414-0159
The Honor Ceremony will be
held at Great Promise for American Indians
3710 Cedar Street, Austin, Tx 78705

Attention High School Students!
The Holland & Knight
Charitable Foundation
Young Native Writers
Essay Contest

Young Native Writers Essay ContestThe Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation is eager to welcome entries for the Young Native Writers Essay Contest, conducted this year in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian and the National Indian Education Association (NIEA).  

The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for Native American high school students and is designed to encourage young Native Americans to write about their experiences, as a member of a Native American community and the culture that inspires them. 

Five winners will each receive a $2,500 college scholarship and will also be awarded an all-expenses-paid "Scholar Week" trip to Washington, D.C., in July 2014. The trip will feature a personalized tour of the National Museum of the American Indian's Cultural Resources Center, educational workshops and a tour of the U.S. Capitol. It will culminate with an honor ceremony at the museum.

The deadline is April 22, 2014. For more information, please click here. 

Title VII - Formula Grant through the Office of Indian Education
Annual Public Hearing
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Central Texas First Nation’s Education Consortium (CTFNEC) Title VII – Indian Education Program will host its annual hearing. The Title VII Formula Grant is a federally funded program through the Office of Indian Education located in Washington DC.

Austin ISD is CTFNEC's Lead Education Agency which serves students in five Central Texas school districts - Austin ISD, Bastrop ISD, Liberty Hill ISD, Leander ISD and Round Rock ISD with academic assistance.

What: Formula Grant/Title VII Public Hearing

Time: 6:00 p.m.

When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Where: Austin ISD / Baker Center 
             3908  Avenue B,  Rm. 208 (closest to 40th and Guadalupe St.)
             Austin, TX 78751.

Thank you Leander ISD for hosting our meeting this year.

The 2014 Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for the public, students who are registered in the American Indian Education Program and their parents to become more informed about Title VII’s program and services. Parents, please use this opportunity to voice your students’ needs at this important meeting.

Annual Meetings will rotate among each district yearly.

Parents and students are welcome to submit comments about program planning to diane.tigges@austinisd.org or call (512) 414-0159.

Snacks will be served.

Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly University is coming to Austin and would love to meet with American Indian / Alaska Native students interested in their University. Where they're located: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California 93407. Web address: http://www.calpoly.edu/.

Mr. Tony Domingues is the Senior Assistant Director of Admissions & Recruitment at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. He is also a descendent of the Obispeno (his grandfather, Vincente Feliz), a band of the local Chumash people in that area. 

Cal Poly is very interested in diversifying its campus, and in particular seeking to recruit qualified American Indian/Alaska Native prospective students. Their American Indian student motto can only be described as “small but mighty”. Cal Poly is a highly selective university with an acceptance pool profile that will resemble many prestigious universities across the nation. Their Office of Admissions and Recruitment is currently researching recruitment opportunities within the Native American student populations in the state of California and nationally. 

Mr. Domingues will be in Austin from Wednesday, April 16th through Friday, April 18th to meet with students and their families and additional school visits.

To schedule a visit with him while he’s here, please contact him at (805) 756-5477 or email him at tdomingu@calpoly.edu.

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Title VII - Formula Grant
Office of Indian Education
Central Texas First Nations Education Consortium

Central Texas School Districts participating in the Title VII Grant for 2013-14 are Austin ISD, Bastrop ISD, Leander ISD, Liberty Hill ISD and Round Rock ISD. There are 346 registered American Indian/Alaska Native students that have the opportunity to be served this year.

Title VII Indian Education programs are funded through the Indian Education Act which was instituted in 1972 in recognition of the special educational and culturally related academic needs of Indian and Alaskan Native students. The Office of Education, U.S. Department of Education, administers programs funded by the Act. Grants are made through the department's Office of Indian Education to local educational agencies, tribal and Indian controlled schools, state educational agencies, institutions of higher education and Indian tribes, organizations and institutions. Grants are awarded on an entitlement or a competitive basis. These grant-funded projects are designed to improve educational opportunities for Indians and Alaskan Natives and to support the goal of self-determination for Indian communities. An elected parent committee in each school district helps identify those needs and how to best meet them.

Austin ISD and four other districts in Region 13 have joined together to form the Central Texas First Nations Education Consortium: Consortium Districts include: Austin ISD, Bastrop ISD, Round Rock ISD, Leander ISD, and Liberty Hill ISD. 

Each participating district who meets the minimum requirements* and is included on the e-grant application will share in the resources generated by this title program. 

Interlocal agreements establish the level of support available from the Austin Independent School District's Title VII American Indian Education Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education (CFDA Number: 84.060) for each of the school districts that make up the Central Texas First Nations Education Consortium, as well as ongoing regional support of school-centered American Indian Education in Central Texas. 

The agreements contain a commitment to continuous improvement of the planning, training and educational process, which represents collaboration among the Central Texas First Nations Education Consortium in cooperation with local and regional school districts and the Texas Educational Agency to educate American Indian and Alaskan Native Children.  

*Only districts having a minimum of 10 Native American students with an approved 506 form may participate in the formula grant.

Who is eligible to join AIEP?
Federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native students in grades Pre-K - 12

The parent/guardian must complete a student eligibility form (506) that indicates the student, parent, or grandparent is a member of: a tribe or band or group described in the following definition:

Definition: Indian means any individual who is (1) 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 (2) a descendent in the first or second degree (parent or grandparent) as described in (1); or (3) considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose; or (4) an Eskimo or Aleut or other Alaska Native; or (5) 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.

Return the completed form back to your child’s school or send to the American Indian Education Program office, 3908 Avenue B, Room 205, Austin, TX.

What does the Title VII program provide?

  1. Sharpen student academic skills in the core content areas, through tutoring or special events.
  2. Enrichment programs that would otherwise be unavailable to AI/AN students.
  3. After-school programs.
  4. Basic school supplies.
  5. Snacks during meetings.

We serve as a liaison between AIEP, the Office of Indian Education and each school district Native American Parent Committees.

What does the Title VII program NOT provide?

AIEP Title VII office cannot provide:

  1. Legal advice
  2. Books or specific school supplies for personal use (with the exception of annual reading books)

Join your district Native American Parent Committee. (NAPC). It is only with the parents participation that we can grow a stronger program. Join Now!

What’s does the NAPC do?

  • Conduct regular open meetings.
  • Consult with LEA on program development, operation and evaluation.
  • You approve Part II of the application sent to Office of Indian Education (OIE).
  • Abide by reasonable by-laws.

About AIEP

All activities are free to registered AIEP students.

AIEP is funded 100% through a federal formula grant through the Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education. Austin ISD is the Lead Education Agency (LEA) for this program. Our partners include:

  • Great Promise for American Indians
  • Native American Parent Committee members
  • University of Texas, Austin, Longhorn American Indian Council (LAIC)
  • We offer summer camps to all age groups.

506 Forms

Parents/Teachers: There is a new 506 form with an expiration date of 5/03/2016. If you have already filled out a 506 for your student, there is no need to complete another one.