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The Office of Native Education advocates for the academic success of all students. We create and promote strategies that integrate the teaching of native American history, culture, language and government. Educators in Washington's schools look to our staff for leadership and technical assistance.

Letter from Superintendent Dorn regarding tribal students wearing items of cultural...

Tribal History in Social Studies Curriculum - New Requirements in Washington's Basic Education Act
As districts review and revise social studies and history curricula, there are two new requirements passed by the 2015 Washington State Legislature.

  1. Integrate Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State into current and newly-adopted social studies or history curricula.
  2. Collaborate with federally recognized Indian tribes within or neighboring district boundaries. School District and Nearest Federally Recognized Indian Tribes. Find the federally recognized tribe nearest your school. The data table compares American Indian enrollment from May 2009 to May 2011 to the total enrollment in each district.

Bulletin and New State Law
OSPI Bulletin 006-16 Implementing 2015 Senate Bill 5433 Requirements for Teaching Tribal History, Culture and Government
RCW28A.320.170 Curricula Tribal history and culture‚ Senate Bill 5433 – 2015-16 as passed by the Legislature

NEW! Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum (STI)
The first state-endorsed curriculum to be aligned with Common Core Standards, Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State is easy to implement - all lesson plans and materials are online and free. The STI website is being updated, revised, and edited. The Fall training workshops (PDF) will feature the new site.

Informal Solicitation No. 2-15-29
Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum Training and Website Editing


   Updated 10/11/2016

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