EO 13021
Effective Date: October 19, 1996

Responsible Office: Office of Equal Opportunity Programs


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution
and laws of the United States of America, in reaffirmation of the
special relationship of the Federal Government to American
Indians and Alaska Natives, and, for the purposes of helping to:
(a) ensure that tribal colleges and universities are more fully
recognized as accredited institutions, have access to the
opportunities afforded other institutions, and have Federal
resources committed to them on a continuing basis; (b) establish
a mechanism that will increase accessibility of Federal resources
for tribal colleges and universities in tribal communities; (c)
promote access to high-quality educational opportunity for
economically disadvantaged students; (d) promote the preservation
and the revitalization of American Indian and Alaska Native
languages and cultural traditions; (e) explore innovative
approaches to better link tribal colleges with early childhood,
elementary, and secondary education programs; and (f) support the
National Education Goals (20 U.S.C. 5812), it is hereby ordered
as follows:

Section 1. Definition of Tribal Colleges and Universities. 
Tribal colleges and universities ("tribal colleges") are those
institutions cited in section 532 of the Equity in Educational
Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note), any other
institution that qualified for funding under the Tribally
Controlled Community College Assistance Act of 1978, (25 U.S.C.
1801 et. seq.), and Navajo Community College, authorized in the
Navajo Community College Assistance Act of 1978, Public Law 95-
471, title II (25 U.S.C. 640a note).

Sec. 2. Board of Advisors. (a) Establishment.  There shall be
established in the Department of Education a Presidential
advisory committee entitled the President's Board of Advisors on
Tribal Colleges and Universities ("Board").  Notwithstanding the
provisions of any other Executive order, the responsibilities of
the President under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as
amended (5 U.S.C. App.), with respect to the Board, shall be
performed by the Secretary of Education ("Secretary"), in
accordance with the guidelines and procedures established by the
Administrator of General Services.
     (b) Composition.  The Board shall consist of not more than
15 Members who shall be appointed by the President.  The Board
shall include representatives of tribal colleges.  The Board may
also include representatives of the higher, early childhood,
elementary, and secondary education communities; tribal
officials; health, business, and financial institutions; private
foundations; and such other persons as the President deems
appropriate.  Members of the Board will serve terms of 2 years
and may be reappointed to additional terms.  A member may
continue to serve until his or her successor is appointed.  In
the event a Member fails to serve a full term, an individual
appointed to replace that Member will serve the remainder of that
term.  All terms will expire upon the termination of the Board.

     (c) Role of Board.  The Board shall provide advice regarding
the progress made by Federal agencies toward fulfilling the
purposes and objectives of this order.  The Board shall also
provide recommendations to the President and the Secretary at
least annually on ways tribal colleges can:

     (1) utilize long-term development, endowment building, and
master planning to strengthen institutional viability;

     (2) utilize the Federal and private sector to improve
financial management and security, obtain private sector funding
support, and expand and complement Federal education initiatives;

     (3) develop institutional capacity through the use of new
and emerging technologies offered by both the Federal and private

     (4) enhance physical infrastructure to facilitate more
efficient operation and effective recruitment and retention of
students and faculty; and

     (5) help achieve National Education Goals and meet other
high standards of education accomplishment.

     (d) Scheduled Meetings.  The Board shall meet at least
annually to provide advice and consultation on tribal colleges
and relevant Federal and private sector activities, and to
transmit reports and present recommendations.

Sec. 3. Office of White House Initiative.  There shall be
established in the Department of Education the White House
Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities ("Initiative"). 
The Initiative shall be authorized to: (a) provide the staff
support for the Board:

     (b) assist the Secretary in the role of liaison between the
executive branch and tribal college;

     (c) serve the Secretary in carrying out the Secretary's
responsibilities under this order; and

     (d) utilize the services, personnel, information, and
facilities of other Federal, State, tribal, and local agencies
with their consent, and with or without reimbursement, consistent
with applicable law.  To the extent permitted by law and
regulations, each Federal agency shall cooperate in providing
resources, including personnel detailed to the Initiative, to
meet the objectives of the order.

Sec. 4. Department and Agency Participation.  Each participating
executive department and agency (hereinafter collectively
referred to as "agency"), as determined by the Secretary, shall
appoint a senior official, who is a full-time officer of the
Federal Government and who is responsible for management or
program administration, to serve as liaison to the White House
Initiative.  The official shall report directly to the agency
head, or agency representative, on agency activity under this
order and serve as liaison to the White House Initiative.  To the
extent permitted by law and regulation, each agency shall provide
appropriate information in readily available formats requested by
the White House Initiative staff pursuant to this order.

Sec. 5. Five-Year Federal Plan. (a) Content.  Each agency shall,
in collaboration with tribal colleges, develop and document a
Five-Year Plan of the agency's efforts to fulfill the purpose of
this order.  These Five-Year Plans shall include annual
performance indicators and appropriate measurable objectives for
the agency.  The plans shall address among other relevant issues:

     (1) barriers impeding the access of tribal colleges to
funding opportunities and to participation in Federal programs,
and ways to eliminate the barriers;

     (2) technical assistance and information that will be made
available to tribal colleges regarding the program activities of
the agency and the preparation of applications or proposals for
grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts; and

     (3) an annual goal for agency funds to be awarded to         
tribally controlled colleges and universities in:

     (A)  grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and

     (B) related excess property-type acquisitions under various
authorities such as section 923 of the Federal Agriculture
Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 2206a) and the
Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, chapter
288, 63 Stat. 377 (codified as described at 40 U.S.C. 471 note);

     (C) the transfer of excess and surplus Federal computer
equipment under Executive Order 12999.

In developing the Five-Year Plans required by this order,
agencies shall strive to include tribal colleges in all aspects
and activities related to the attainment of the participation
goals described in Executive Order 12928, "Promoting Procurement
with Small Businesses Owned and Controlled by Socially and
Economically Disadvantaged Individuals, Historically Black
Colleges and Universities, and Minority Institutions."  The Plans
may also emphasize access to high-quality educational opportunity
for economically disadvantaged Indian students; the preservation
and revitalization of American Indian and Alaska Native languages
and cultural traditions; innovative approaches to better link
tribal colleges with early childhood, elementary, and secondary
education programs; and the National Education Goals.

     (b) Submission.  Each agency shall submit its Five-Year Plan
to the White House Initiative Office.  In consultation with the
Board, the White House Initiative Office Shall then review these
Five-Year Plans and develop an integrated Five-Year Plan for
Assistance to Tribal Colleges, which the Secretary shall review
and submit to the President.  The Five-Year Plan for Assistance
to Tribal Colleges may be revised within the 5-year period.

     (c) Annual Performance Reports.  Each agency shall submit to
the White House Initiative Office an Annual Performance Report
that shall measure each agency's performance against the
objectives set forth in its Five-Year Plan.  In consultation with
the Board, the White House Initiative Office shall review and
combine Annual Performance Reports into one annual report, which
shall be submitted to the Secretary for review, in consultation
with the Office of Management and Budget.

Sec. 6. Private Sector.  In cooperation with the Board, the White
House Initiative Office shall encourage the private sector to
assist tribal colleges through increased use of such strategies
as: (a) matching funds to support increased endowments;

     (b) developing expertise and more effective ways to manage
finance, improve information systems, build facilities, and
improve course offerings; and

     (c) increasing resources for and training of faculty.

Sec. 7.  Termination.  The Board shall terminate 2 years after
the date of this Executive order unless the Board is renewed by
the President prior to the end of that 2-year period.

Sec. 8. Administration. (a) Compensation.  Members of the Board
shall serve without compensation, but shall be allowed travel
expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as
authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in
Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707).

     (b) Funding.  The Board and the Initiative shall be funded
by the Department of Education.

     (c) Administrative Support.  The Department of Education
shall provide appropriate administrative services and staff
support for the Board and the Initiative.  With the consent of
the Department of Education, other agencies participating in the
Initiative shall provide administrative support to the White
House Initiative Office consistent with statutory authority and
shall make use of section 112 of title 3, United States Code, to
detail agency employees to the extent permitted by law.  The
Board and the White House Initiative Office shall have a core
staff and shall be supported at appropriate levels.

                         /s/William J. Clinton

October 19, 1996.


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