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ERIC Number: ED506842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
Indian Education Policies in Five Northwest Region States. Issues & Answers. REL 2009-081
Smiley, Richard; Sather, Susan
Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest
In this comprehensive effort to study Indian education policies, the report categorizes the policies of five Northwest Region states based on 13 key policies identified in the literature and describes the legal methods used to adopt them, such as statutes, regulations, and executive orders. The study found that six of the key policies had been adopted by all five states: adopting academic standards for teaching students about the history and culture of America's indigenous peoples, involving Native Americans on advisory boards, promoting Native American languages through teacher certification, allowing students to learn their native language as part of their education program, and providing tuition assistance for college-bound Native American students. This study is intended to provide policymakers in all states with a comprehensive list of Indian education policies in the five Northwest Region states (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) and the legal mechanisms used to adopt them. The study did not assess the merit of any of the policies, how successfully they were implemented, or what effect they had on Native American students' academic achievement. Appended are: (1) Data collection and analysis; (2) Key informant interviews and interview protocol; (3) Policies, citations, and adoption mechanisms by state; and (4) Descriptions of Indian education policies by key policy and state. (Contains 2 boxes and 23 tables.)
Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest. Available from: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. 101 SW Main Street Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204-3213. Tel: 503-275-9519; Fax: 503-275-0458; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest (ED); National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Idaho; Montana; Oregon; Washington
IES Funded: Yes