EO 13096
Effective Date: August 06, 1998

Responsible Office: Office of Equal Opportunity Programs
Subject: American Indian and Alaska Native Education

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United
States of America, in affirmation of the unique political and legal relationship of the
Federal Government with tribal governments, and in recognition of the unique educational
and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students, it is
hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Goals.  The Federal Government has a special, historic responsibility for the
education of American Indian and Alaska Native students.  Improving educational
achievement and academic progress for American Indian and Alaska Native students is
vital to the national goal of preparing every student for responsible citizenship, continued
learning, and productive employment.  The Federal Government is committed to
improving the academic performance and reducing the dropout rate of American Indian
and Alaska Native students.  To help fulfill this commitment in a manner consistent with
tribal traditions and cultures, Federal agencies need to focus special attention on six goals:
(1) improving reading and mathematics; (2) increasing high school completion and
postsecondary attendance rates; (3) reducing the influence of long-standing factors that
impede educational performance, such as poverty and substance abuse; (4) creating
strong, safe, and drug-free school environments; (5) improving science education; and (6)
expanding the use of educational technology.

Sec. 2.  Strategy.  In order to meet the six goals of this order, a comprehensive Federal
response is needed to address the fragmentation of government services available to
American Indian and Alaska Native students and the complexity of intergovernmental
relationships affecting the education of those students.  The purpose of the Federal
activities described in this order is to develop a long-term, comprehensive Federal Indian
education policy that will accomplish those goals.

        (a) Interagency Task Force.  There is established an Interagency Task Force on
American Indian and Alaska Native Education (Task Force) to oversee the planning and
implementation of this order.  The Task Force shall confer with the National Advisory
Council on Indian Education (NACIE) in carrying out activities under this order.  The
Task Force shall consult with representative of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes
and organizations, including the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and the
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), to gather advice on implementation of
the activities called for in this order.

        (b) Composition of the Task Force. (1) The membership of the Task Force shall
include representatives of the Departments of the Treasury, Defense, Justice, the Interior,
Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban
Development, Transportation, Energy, and Education, as well as the Environmental
Protection Agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the

National Science Foundation.  With the agreement of the Secretaries of Education and the
Interior, other agencies may participate in the activities of the Task Force.

        (2) Within 30 days of the date of this order, the head of each participating agency shall
designate a senior official who is responsible for management or program administration
to serve as a member of the Task Force.  The official shall report directly to the agency
head on the agency's activities under this order.

        (3) The Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education of the
Department of Education and the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs of the Department
of the Interior shall co-chair the Task Force.

        (c) Interagency plan.  The Task Force shall, within 90 days of the date of this order,
develop a Federal interagency plan with recommendations identifying initiatives,
strategies, and ideas for future interagency action supportive of the goals of this order.

        (d) Agency participation.  To the extent consistent with law and agency priorities, each
participating agency shall adopt and implement strategies to maximize the availability of
the agency's education-related programs, activities, resources, information, and technical
assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native students.  In keeping with the spirit of
the Executive Memorandum of April 29, 1994, on Government-to-Government Relations
with Native American Tribal Governments and Executive Order 13084 of May 14, 1998,
each participating agency shall consult with tribal governments on their education-related
needs and priorities, and on how the agency can better accomplish the goals of this order.
Within 6 months, each participating agency shall report to the Task Force regarding the
strategies it has developed to ensure such consultation.

        (e) Interagency resource guide.  The Task Force shall identify, within participating
Federal agencies, all education-related programs and resources that support the goals of
this order.  Within 12 months, the Task Force, in conjunction with the Department of
Education, shall develop, publish, and widely distribute a guide that describes those
programs and resources and how American Indians and Alaska Natives can benefit from

        (f) Research.  The Secretary of Education, through the Office of Educational Research
and Improvement and the Office of Indian Education, and in consultation with NACIE and
participating agencies, shall develop and implement a comprehensive Federal research
agenda to:

        (1) establish baseline data on academic achievement and retention of American Indian
and Alaska Native students in order to monitor improvements;

        (2) evaluate promising practices used with those students; and

        (3) evaluate the role of native language and culture in the development of educational
strategies.  Within 1 year, the Secretary of Education shall submit the research agenda,
including proposed timelines, to the Task Force.

        (g) Comprehensive Federal Indian education policy.

        (1) The Task Force shall, within 2 years of the date of this order, develop a
comprehensive Federal Indian education policy to support the accomplishment of the
goals of this order.  The policy shall be designed to:

        (A) improve Federal interagency cooperation;

        (B) promote intergovernmental collaboration; and

        (C) assist tribal governments in meeting the unique educational needs of their children,
including the need to preserve, revitalize, and use native languages and cultural traditions.

        (2) In developing the policy, the Task Force shall consider ideas in the Comprehensive
Federal Indian Education Policy Statement proposal developed by the NIEA and the

        (3) The Task Force shall develop recommendations to implement the policy, including
ideas for future interagency action.

        (4) As appropriate, participating agencies may develop memoranda of agreement with
one another to enable and enhance the ability of tribes and schools to provide, and to
coordinate the delivery of, Federal, tribal, State, and local resources and services,
including social and health related services, to meet the educational needs of American
Indian and Alaska Native students.

                (h) Reports.  The Task Force co-chairs shall submit the comprehensive Federal
Indian education policy, and report annually on the agencies' activities, accomplishments,
and progress toward meeting the goals of this order, to the Director of the Office of
Management and Budget.

Sec. 3.  Regional partnership forums.  The Departments of Education and the Interior, in
collaboration with the Task Force and Federal, tribal, State, and local government
representatives, shall jointly convene, within 18 months, a series of regional forums to
identify promising practices and approaches on how to share information, provide
assistance to schools, develop partnerships, and coordinate intergovernmental strategies
supportive of accomplishing the goals of this order.  The Departments of Education and
the Interior shall submit a report on the forums to the Task Force, which may include
recommendations relating to intergovernmental relations.

Sec. 4.  School pilot sites.  The Departments of Education and the Interior shall identify a
reasonable number of schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and public
schools that can serve as a model for schools with American Indian and Alaska Native
students, and provide them with comprehensive technical assistance in support of the
goals of this order.  A special team of technical assistance providers, including Federal
staff, shall provide assistance to these schools.  Special attention shall be given, where
appropriate, to assistance in implementing comprehensive school reform demonstration
programs that meet the criteria for those programs established by the Departments of
Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations
Act, 1998 (Public Law 105-78), and to providing comprehensive service delivery that
connects and uses diverse Federal agency resources.  The team shall disseminate effective and promising practices of the school pilot sites to other local educational agencies.  The team shall report to the Task Force on its accomplishments and its recommendations for improving technical support to local educational agencies and schools funded by the BIA.

Sec. 5.  Administration.  The Department of Education shall provide appropriate
administrative services and staff support to the Task Force.  With the consent of the
Department of Education, other participating agencies may provide administrative support
to the Task Force, consistent with their statutory authority, and may detail agency
employees to the Department of Education, to the extent permitted by law.

Sec. 6.  Termination.  The Task Force established under section 2 of this order shall
terminate not later than 5 years from the date of this order.

Sec. 7.  General provisions.  This order is intended only to improve the internal
management of the executive branch and is not intended to, and does not, create any right
or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or equity by a party against the
United States, its agencies or instrumentalities, its officers or employees, or any other
person.  This order is not intended to preclude, supersede, replace, or otherwise dilute any
other Executive order relating to American Indian and Alaska Native education.

                                       /s/William J. Clinton

August 6, 1998.

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