Overview

REMOTE POSSIBLE with possible travel to the Albuquerque MN office

The U.S. Department of the Interior   Bureau of Trust Funds Administration

Project Management and Document Review and Analysis for Boarding School Initiative

Background On June 22, 2021, the Secretary of the Interior launched the Boarding School Initiative (see the Secretarial Memorandum dated June 22, 2021, re: Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative). The Bureau of Trust Funds Administration (BTFA), is playing a major role in implementing the Boarding School Initiative (BSI or Initiative). BTFA is playing a major role due in large part to its role in maintaining the official archive of American Indian records. BTFA is leading the Department’s document collection and review for the BSI.

Data Analyst

Education: Bachelor’s degree

Years of Experience: 4-5 years of experience in the field or related area

Task Description The Contractor will be expected to provide project management support for the BTFA Boarding School Initiative (BSI) project. For all tasks in the statement of work, the Program Manager shall supervise contract staff, monitor, track, and report to BTFA on the progress of each assigned task. Reporting of research and other work results should include written explanations tailored to a layperson reader, background and contextual information, performance metrics, effectiveness and progress measures, important implications, and suggested next steps. Unless otherwise indicated, the Contractor will adhere to the appropriate processes and procedures of the Government for the assigned tasks (e.g., document search process; box ordering, management, and return process; etc.).

Travel If at such time travel would become appropriate, and taking into consideration safety protocols, the Government anticipates travel may be to Federal, State, Tribal and/or private record repositories and BTFA offices (Main Interior Building 1849 C Street Washington D.C. and/or BTFA offices at 4400 Masthead Street Albuquerque NM). This travel shall be required to support the task requirements, such as attend meetings, examine responsive documents, gather project related information, etc

Plan for the Indian Boarding School Initiative To assist in achieving the goals outlined above, the Department shall undertake an investigation of the loss of human life and the lasting consequences of residential Indian boarding schools. The primary goal of the investigation shall be to identify boarding school facilities and sites; the location of known and possible student burial sites located at or near school facilities; and the identities and Tribal affiliations of children interred at such locations. The work will proceed in several phases, detailed below, and shall include the identification and collection of records and information related to the Department’s oversight and implementation of the Indian boarding school program (Program) from 1819 to 1969; formal consultations with Tribal Nations, Alaska Native corporations, and Native Hawaiian organizations to clarify the processes and procedures for protecting identified burial sites and associated information; and the submission of a final written report on the investigation, to the Secretary by April 1, 2022. Collect Relevant Information Under the supervision of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, the Department should prepare a report detailing the available historical records that relate to the Program. This should include a survey of historical records in Federal repositories such as the National Archives and the American Indian Records Repository, as well as records maintained by non-governmental organizations operating Indian residential boarding schools in the Program period. Our objective is to identify all boarding schools that participated in the Program and the students enrolled in each, along with each student’s Tribal affiliation. While attention should be paid to records that provide insight into residential facilities and plans, enrollment records and vital statistics, correspondence, maps, photographs, and administrative reports, particular emphasis should focus on any records relating to cemeteries or potential burial sites associated with a particular residential facility, which may later be used to assist in locating unidentified human remains. The Department’s comprehensive records assessment will allow it to better analyze the human impact of the Program and provide a basis for planning future sitework to be conducted as part of the investigation.