ERIC Number: ED454000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Tribal-State Partnerships: Cooperating To Improve Indian Education.
National Indian Education Association, Arlington, VA.; Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, CO.
American Indian students attend Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) schools, BIA schools operated by tribes under contracts and grants, public schools off Indian reservations, and public schools on Indian reservations. Who has legal jurisdiction over Indian education in these various scenarios is undecided, so some tribes, states, and school districts have entered into mutual agreements to advance Indian education. In Washington, the Skokomish Tribe has a memorandum of agreement with the Hood Canal school district and the state superintendent of public instruction to operate a project to increase tribal student reading achievement and community involvement; the Swinomish tribal community in Washington has a cooperative agreement with the local school district and Head Start program for the collaborative provision of early childhood services; and the Lummi tribal schools have an agreement with their local school district that addresses funding and provision of education for BIA grant school students. Other examples are given of co-governance between tribes and schools in the areas of truancy, impact aid funding, Johnson O'Malley programs, and school board composition and operation. Aspects of state and tribal cooperation that are required by state law are reviewed, and factors contributing to sustaining collaborative efforts in Indian education are listed. Most of this document consists of appendices, which present cooperative agreements, applicable laws, and contact information. (TD)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Indian Education Association, Arlington, VA.; Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, CO.
IES Cited: ED551298