The Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) discretionary grants program, administered by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), provides support for increasing the English language proficiency of participating students, and the teaching and learning of Native American languages. [The term Native American language means the historical, traditional languages spoken by Native Americans, consistent with section 103 of the Native American Languages Act (25 U.S.C. 2902).]
Grantees develop language instruction projects for English learners (ELs) from Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Native American Pacific Islander backgrounds. Projects include teacher training, curriculum development, and evaluation and assessment to support student instruction and parent-community participation. Student instruction may occur at the preschool, elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels, or combinations of these levels. Entities that operate elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools primarily for Native American children (including Alaska Native children)—including Indian tribes, tribally sanctioned educational authorities, native language educational organizations, Bureau of Indian Education funded or operated schools, and others—are eligible applicants under this program.
Below, find additional links to information on the program, including information on grantees in current cohorts and lists of grantees from previous cohorts.