Indian Education Act of 1972 

The Indian Education Act authorized funding for special bilingual and bicultural programs, culturally relevant teaching materials,and appropriate training and hiring of counselors. It also created an Office of Indian Education in the US Department of Education.

Today the mission of the Office of Indian Education is 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 Indians and Alaska Natives so that these students can achieve to the same challenging state standards as all students.