The Indian Education Act of 1972 (Public Law 100-427) enabled local education agencies throughout the United States to identify their Indian student populations, establish parent committees, hold public hearings, and write
grants identifying the needs of Indian students who will participate in their programs. This law provides local school districts with additional monies to provide over and beyond educational and culturally-related services to identified Indian students.
The Ventura County Indian Education Consortium serves 92 school throughout the county, of which 52 elementary schools are visited by teachers and 40 secondary schools are visited by counselors. There are approximately 330 students of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent who will be served in the Consortium for the 2016-17 school year.