Native American Education

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”
— Sitting Bull

We provide an educational program for students of Native American descent. The federal government provides funding for this program based on the number Title VII Student Eligibility Certification forms we receive. 

All Native American students are eligible for these services. The focus of our grant is achievement for students in grades kindergarten through 12.

How Does It Work?

We have a Native American Education coordinator who provides support for our Native American students and their families, as described by our federal grant.  The coordinator facilitates our Native American Parent Advisory Committee (CKNAPAC) meetings, manages grant requirements — including tutoring, maintaining records — and plans cultural activities including Summer Cultural Day Camp.

How Can My Child Benefit?

If enrolled in the Title VII Native American/Alaska Native Education Program, your child could receive support through:

  • Academic tutoring outside the school day
  • Culture/leadership clubs
  • Assistance with post-secondary applications and college visits
  • Summer Cultural Day Camp and other gatherings
  • CKNAPAC (parent committee) 

Who Is Eligible?

The federal government sets eligibility guidelines. It states that any child who is: (1) a member (as defined by the Native American tribe or band) of an Native American tribe or band, including those Native American tribes or bands terminated since 1940, and those recognized by the State in which the tribe or band reside; or (2) a descendent in the first or second degree (parent or grandparent) as described in (1); or (3) considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Native American for any purpose; or (4) an Eskimo or Aleut or other Alaska Native; or (5) a member of an organized Native American group that received a grant under the Native American Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect October 19, 1994.

How Do I Enroll My Child?

  1. Fill out a Title VII Student Eligibility form with as much information as possible, including your signature
  2. Please have a separate form for each child
  3. Return the completed form to Student Services

What if My Child Doesn’t Want or Need These Services?

One of the goals of our Native American Education program is to increase the sense of belonging for all Native American and Alaska Native students within their own schools. When children feel a sense of belonging and sense of pride in their families, their peers and their communities, they can be emotionally strong, self-assured and able to deal with challenges and difficulties. This creates an important foundation for their learning and development. 

Enrolling does not obligate your child to receive any services they may not be interested in. It does, however, increase the amount of financial support available for the program to benefit all children in all schools. Increasing cultural knowledge, breaking down negative stereotypes and providing a forum for you, the parent, to express your concerns and ideas about your child’s education benefits everyone. It is a “win-win” scenario.  

Contact Us

Gaynel Holt
Native American Education Coordinator
gaynelh@ckschools.org 
360-662-1764
Fax: 360-662-1711
PO Box 8 
Silverdale WA 98383

More Resources

  • The Native Circle: A website updated daily with any new events or news we receive that is for Seattle area Natives, or by the Seattle area Native nonprofits
  • Powwows.com: An online community for Native American tribes, culture and Pow Wows.
  • The National Indian Education Association
  • Washington Tribe: This website shares information about how Washington state's 29 tribes are helping to build a better future for everyone
  • The Office of Native Education: Within the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, it advocates for the academic success of all students and creates and promotes strategies that integrate the teaching of Native American history, culture, language and government 
  • The Indian Health Service (IHS): An agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to Native American and Alaska Natives
  • National Congress of American Indians (NCAI): This organization focuses on protecting tribal governments' treaty rights and status as sovereign nations 
  • Indian Country Today MEDIA NETWORK: Native American news and information site

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