U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman John Barrasso addresses National American Indian Housing Council
The RAISE Act modernizes and streamlines the BIE into an independent agency under the Department of the Interior.
Published February 28, 2016
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, introduced S. 2580, the Reforming American Indian Standards of Education Act (RAISE Act).
The RAISE Act would modernize and streamline the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) into an independent agency under the Department of the Interior. Having a separate agency will create better accountability and transparency at the BIE, and enable it to better meet the needs of Indian students across the country.
This independent agency would bring together a panel of qualified experts, including a presidential appointed director, to oversee curriculum and facilities management.
“The structure at the Bureau of Indian Education is broken,” said Chairman Barrasso. “My legislation will ensure that the administrators, teachers, and students from tribal communities are being listened to and that their needs are being met. It is an important first step for better transparency and accountability for schools across Indian Country.”