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NIEA Listening Session: Interagency Listening Session during National Indian Education Association Hill Week

February 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm CST

February 28 at 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Eastern
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Washington, DC Convention Center, 900 10th Street NW Washington, DC 20001.

The following federal agencies invite you and other important stakeholders to attend a listening session in conjunction with the National Indian Education Association’s (NIEA) 2024 Hill Week on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, from 3 – 5:30 p.m. ET:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Native Americans (ANA), the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), the U.S. Department of Education Office of Indian Education (OIE), and the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Native Americans and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities (WHI-NATCU).

This listening session aims to identify Tribal data priorities and traditional knowledge in education. High-quality, culturally relevant data collection is critical to serving the educational needs of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (Native) students. Native Nations maintain a sovereign right to collect, use, manage, and access their data.

The above agencies are seeking input on perspectives from Native Nations regarding the collection, development, protection, and application of sovereign data (e.g., cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and Native languages).

This listening session will seek input on the following questions:

  1. What recommendations do you have on improving data sovereignty procedures and data agreements with Native Nations in the educational sector?
  2. How can the federal government improve the quality and application of Native educational data?
  3. How can the federal government respectfully obtain permission to collect data from your community?
  4. What recommendations do you have for further improving federal engagement with Native Nations on data collection?
  5. What current benefits or barriers does your community experience with the current status of data reporting?
  6. How best should the federal government make decisions regarding access to the data in a way that respects the autonomy and cultural values of the Native Nations and communities?
  7. What recommendations do you have for specific federal reforms regarding the use of traditional knowledge in the U.S. educational system?
  8. How can the federal government co-steward with Native Nations, Native and non-profit organizations, states, schools, and higher education institutions to create or improve protections (e.g., memorandum of understanding, consent letters, etc.)?
  9. When collecting data, are there certain types of questions or topics that your community would prefer not to answer?
  10. What kind of assurances (e.g., protections of cultural knowledge and intellectual property) from the federal government would your Native Nation or Native language community need to participate in the federal government’s data collection and surveys?

The NIEA 2024 Hill Week and listening session will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Washington, DC Convention Center, 900 10th Street NW Washington, DC 20001.

In addition to providing feedback in person at the listening session, written feedback can be emailed to The deadline to submit feedback is March 28, 2024.

If you have any questions regarding the listening session, please contact Hannah Kozik, Leadership for Educational Equity Fellow, at


February 28
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm CST
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