It is the policy of the United States to fulfill the Federal Government's unique and continuing trust relationship with and responsibility to the Indian people for the education of Indian children. The Federal Government will continue to work with local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities toward the goal of ensuring that programs that serve Indian children are of the highest quality and provide for not only the basic elementary and secondary educational needs, but also the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of these children.
It is the purpose of this part to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students, so that such students can meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards as all other students are expected to meet.
This part carries out the purpose described in subsection (a) by authorizing programs of direct assistance for —
- meeting the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives;
- the education of Indian children and adults;
- the training of Indian persons as educators and counselors, and in other professions serving Indian people; and
- research, evaluation, data collection, and technical assistance