The Youth Indian Police Academy is offered to inspire, motivate, and mentor our Indian youth so they develop trusting relationships with law enforcement and first responders. Hosted at the Bureau of Indian Educations Riverside Riverside Indian School campus in Anadarko, Oklahoma, students experience hands-on learning activities that show them why they should consider becoming the next generation of professionals to serve their Tribal communities, and how to get there.

Why students should participate

This academy is designed for highly motivated 9th-12th grade students. Selected applicants will have an opportunity to experience a multitude of police and first responder professions that introduce them to specialized skills unique to each profession. Some training activities include:

  • Nightly Team Building Events
  • Tactical Training Exercises
  • Accident Investigation & Crime Scene Labs
  • Driving Under the Influence Simulations
  • Special Weapons & Tactics Demonstrations
  • Emergency Medical Services Certification
  • K9 Demonstrations
  • Field Trips for full-immersion learning

At no cost to students, participants will receive assistance with traveling to and from the school, where they will stay in dorm rooms and be well-fed throughout their stay. Participants will be provided uniforms and travel for field trips. Students will come away from the program with a meaningful life experience, new friendships, and awareness of career opportunities available to them as young adults.

2024 Student Application Process

Students wishing to attend the academy must write and submit a five-paragraph essay explaining who they are, their life goals, and why they wish to attend the Youth Indian Police Academy. Final essays need to be emailed to: on or before May 17, 2024. Each essay will be reviewed by a selection panel who will select up to 28 students.

When: June 16, 2024 – June 28, 2024

Where: Riverside Indian School, Anadarko, OK Send

Submit Essays to:

By: May 17, 2024

Admissions Package

Upon student selection, guardians must complete an Admissions Package that will be emailed to individual guardians after selections are made. This package will request:

  • Student Emergency Contact
  • Out-of-State Student Travel Information
  • Authorization for Medical Care of a Minor
  • Medical History
  • Residential Check List
  • Parental Consent Form
  • Photograph Release Form
  • School Check Out Policy
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Student Policies and Acceptable Use Policy
  • BIA Consent to Participate
  • Release from Liability

Students learn to climb rope at 2023 YIPA

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BIA-BIE Youth Indian Police Academy
Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.