NIEA Hill Day will feature sessions to engage attendees on key issues in Native education and provide training for advocacy in the new national landscape. Sessions will focus on progress and challenges in the current national landscape for Native education, including:

  • Administration Updates
  • NIEA Teacher Campaign
  • Budget & Appropriations
  • State Work & ESSA Implementation
  • Authorizing Panel with Congressional Leaders from Oversight Committees
  • And more!

Join us to learn from national experts and meet with congressional staff to advocate for the tools and resources necessary for Native students to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

To view the tentative draft agenda for NIEA Hill Day 2019, please click here.


This event is free for NIEA members. The cost of the summit for non-members is $125.

If you would like to become a member of NIEA, or renew your membership, please click here.

Registration will be available online and on-site. Check back soon for more information regarding registration for NIEA Hill Day.



Join NIEA at the Holiday Inn Washington – Capitol (550 C Street, SW Washington, DC 20024) from Monday, February 12, 2019-Wednesday, February 14, 2019 for scenic views and convenient access to Capitol Hill at a discounted price. Just steps from the Capitol building, Congressional offices, and the Department of Education, the Holiday Inn offers convenient access to all of your meetings.

Rate is $181.00 per night. Rate does not include 14.95% DC tax. Book your reservation directly on line by clicking on the weblink below and selecting your dates of stay. You may also make reservations by calling 1-877-572-6951 and referencing group name and booking code ND8.

The hotel deadline is Thursday, January 10, 2019. Reservation requests received after the deadline date will be subject to availability and prevailing rate.

To book your discounted hotel room for Hill Day, please click here.


Attendees are responsible for their own travel to and from the Washington metro area. Three primary airports serve the DC area:

  1. Reagan National Airport (DCA): Located nearest to the downtown area, Reagan National Airport is the most convenient option for attendees traveling to Capitol Hill. Taxi fare from the airport to Capitol Hill is approximately $15.
  2. Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI): Located nearly 30 miles north of DC, BWI is most accessible via the MARC train for $7 each direction. Taxi service from BWI to the Downtown area is approximately $90.
  3. Dulles International Airport (IAD): Located 45 miles from DC, Dulles is most accessible via taxi cab. Fare from Dulles to Capitol Hill is approximately $70.

Local shuttles provide service to and from the airport. Fare varies depending on the airport and van service selected. To find out more about booking an airport shuttle, please click here.


NIEA Hill Day offers tribal members, Native educators, and allies the opportunity to engage with members of Congress to advocate on behalf of NIEA’s legislative priorities and speak about your work with Native students in your own community. Legislators look forward to hearing from tribal leaders and Native educators who are working to solve challenges for Native students in their community. Your voice and your stories are critical to illustrating issues in Native education and ensuring that Native students have access to the tools necessary for success in the classroom and beyond.

To find out more about how you can prepare to make your congressional visit a success, please click here.

To request help setting up your congressional meetings, please contact NIEA Legislative Fellow Kathryn Bussey at kbussey@niea.org. The last day to set up congressional meetings with NIEA is January 25, 2019.