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Federal Law


Title VII, Part A — Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native Education
Districts and tribal organizations supplement the state’s basic education allocation through this program. Title VII, Part A is governed by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The No Child Left Behind Act converted earlier Indian education programs into Title VII, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In Washington, Title VII, Part A funds support a variety of programs — after-school, academic enrichment, tutoring and dropout prevention and more.

PURPOSE (Section 7101 ). It is the purpose of this part to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students, so that such students can meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards as all other students are expected to meet.
(b) PROGRAMS- This part carries out the purpose described in subsection (a) by authorizing programs of direct assistance for — (1) meeting the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives; (2) the education of Indian children and adults; (3) the training of Indian persons as educators and counselors, and in other professions serving Indian people; and (4) research, evaluation, data collection, and technical assistance.

Title 25 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 273 — Education Contracts under the Johnson-O’Malley Act §273.1 — Purpose and scope (a) The purpose of the regulations in this part is to set forth the application and approval process for education contracts under the Johnson-O'Malley Act. Such contracts shall be for the purpose of financially assisting those efforts designed to meet the specialized and unique educational needs of eligible Indian students, including programs supplemental to the regular school program and school operational support, where such support is necessary to maintain established State educational standards.
CFR 273.11 — Eligible applicants │ 2CRF 273.12 — Eligible students

Office of Indian Education Supports districts and tribes as they design programs able to meet the unique educational and cultural needs of Native American children. There is a good directory of federal sites that serve and fund programs for Indian education, as well as data, policy and regulation on the home page.

State Law


Chapter 392-800 WAC — State–Tribal Education Compact Schools

WAC 392-800-810 — Purpose The purposes of this chapter are to: (1) Implement chapter 28A.715 RCW; (2) Set forth policies and procedures for initiating the process of establishing state-tribal education compacts in the state of Washington; (3) Define the roles and responsibilities of the superintendent of public instruction and eligible federally recognized tribes and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIE) schools in establishing state-tribal education compacts; and (4) Establish accountability standards that are applicable to all schools that are the subject of state-tribal education compacts.

Eligible tribes, recognized by the federal government or tribal schools that contract with the Bureau of Indian Education are able to apply for a state–tribal education compact. The tribal councils that oversee these schools and OSPI approve the applications.

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)
Chapter 28A.715 RCW — State–Tribal Compacts Authority Covers legislative intent, purpose, authority, school operation, reporting and funding

RCW 28A.715.010 — Findings—Intent–Purpose Authorizes the superintendent of public instruction to enter into state-tribal education compacts.

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