A bill to support the education of Indian children.

Introduced in Senate
Native Educator Support and Training Act or the NEST Act 

This bill amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish scholarships,
loan forgiveness plans, and training programs for educators who commit to
teaching in Native American or Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. 

This bill establishes three scholarship programs for students who are seeking
degrees in education or school administration at institutions of higher
education and commit to teaching in Native American or BIE schools: 

 *  the Indian Student Educator Scholarship Program for students seeking
 *  the Indian Educator Scholarship Program for Indian students seeking degrees,
 *  the Indian Educator Graduate Fellowship Program for Indian students seeking
   graduate degrees. 

Recipients of the scholarships must commit to working for a BIE school, a school
serving Native Americans, or other specified schools and agencies for the
greater of three years or the number of school years that the scholarship

The bill establishes loan forgiveness programs for educators and Native
Americans who have taught for at least five consecutive years at BIE schools or
local educational agencies with high percentages of Native American students.

The bill extends the federal Perkins Loan Cancellation Program to educators
teaching in BIE schools or in Native American language immersion programs. 

The bill authorizes professional development grants for native-serving
elementary and secondary schools. It also establishes the Native American
Language Teacher Training Program to provide grants for institutions of higher
education to develop training programs for Native American immersion and
language teachers.



  • Committee on Indian Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.

    May 17th, 2017
  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

    Feb 27th, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Feb 27th, 2017