25 U.S. Code § 2511 - Definitions
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In this chapter:
(2) Eligible Indian student
The term “Indian” means a member of an Indian tribe, and includes individuals who are eligible for membership in a tribe, and the child or grandchild of such an individual.
(4) Indian tribe
The term “Indian tribe” means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including an Alaska Native Village Corporation or Regional Corporation (as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act [43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.]), which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.
(5) Local educational agency
The term “local educational agency” means a public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a State for either administrative control or direction of, or to perform a service function for, public elementary schools or secondary schools in a city, county, township, school district, or other political subdivision of a State or such combination of school districts or counties as are recognized in a State as an administrative agency for the State’s public elementary schools or secondary schools. Such term includes any other public institution or agency having administrative control and direction of a public elementary school or secondary school.
(7) Tribal governing body
The term “tribal governing body” means, with respect to any school that receives assistance under this Act,  the recognized governing body of the Indian tribe involved.
(8) Tribal organization
(A) In general
The term “tribal organization” means—
(ii) any legally established organization of Indians that—
(I) is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body or is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization; and
In any case in which a grant is provided under this chapter to an organization to provide services through a tribally controlled school benefiting more than one Indian tribe, the approval of the governing bodies of Indian tribes representing 80 percent of the students attending the tribally controlled school shall be considered a sufficient tribal authorization for such grant.
(9) Tribally controlled school
The term “tribally controlled school” means a school that—
(A) is operated by an Indian tribe or a tribal organization, enrolling students in kindergarten through grade 12, including a preschool;
 See References in Text note below.
Source(Pub. L. 100–297, title V, § 5212, as added Pub. L. 107–110, title X, § 1043,Jan. 8, 2002, 115 Stat. 2078.)
References in Text
The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, referred to in par. (4), is Pub. L. 92–203, Dec. 18, 1971, 85 Stat. 688, as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 33 (§ 1601 et seq.) of Title 43, Public Lands. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1601 of Title 43 and Tables.
This Act, referred to in par. (7), is Pub. L. 100–297and probably should be “this part”, meaning part B of title V of Pub. L. 100–297, known as the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988, which is classified generally to this chapter. For complete classification of part B to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 2501 of this title and Tables.
A prior section 2511,Pub. L. 100–297, title V, § 5212,Apr. 28, 1988, 102 Stat. 394, defined terms, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 107–110, title X, § 1043,Jan. 8, 2002, 115 Stat. 2063.
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