This page relates to 2016 efforts to develop a regulation on leasing of BIE-operated school facilities and fundraising activities at BIE-operated schools. For current efforts, please go to this webpage.

The Director of the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) was authorized by Congress to enter into agreements with third parties to lease the land or facilities of a Bureau-operated school in exchange for funding that benefits the school. This proposed rule establishes standards for the appropriate use of lands and facilities under a lease agreement, provisions for the establishment and administration of mechanisms for the acceptance of consideration for the use and benefit of a school, accountability standards, and other provisions related to monitoring the consideration received. The Department of the Interior plans to host two consultation sessions on the proposed rule. Additional information on the proposed rule is provided in the following PowerPoint: Leasing of BIE-Operated School Facilities and Fundraising Activities at BIE-Operated Schools.

The consultation sessions are as follows:

  • Monday, July 25th, 2016: 2:00pm-4:00pm, EST Call-in Number: 1-877-924-1752, Passcode: 1484699
  • Friday, July 29th, 2016: 2:00pm-4:00pm, EST Call-in Number: 1-888-324-8525, Passcode: 7359354 Please note this is the corrected call-in number

The Department will also be hosting a listening session on the proposed rule at 3:00pm (local time) on Monday, June 27th, 2016 in Spokane, Washington, in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians mid-year conference.

Written comments must be received by August 22, 2016. Methods for submitting comments are provided in the proposed rule notice: Federal Register Notice, Vol. 81, No. 119.