Building Relationships with Tribes

The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides unique opportunities for states, districts, and tribes to work together to strengthen education for Native students throughout the country. The National Indian Education Association (NIEA), a powerful national educational organization, presents a clear path and framework for consultancy between tribes and school districts as well as state educational departments as mandated by law. To initiate the critical work together, NIEA is poised to support state and local agencies as they navigate the long and sometimes tragic relationship between this country and Native communities to increase opportunities for successful consultation and engagement with them. Developed in partnership with tribes, tribal education advocates, and membership of the NIEA, this resource is meant to provide states and districts the high level strategies necessary to build trusting, reciprocal, and long-lasting relationships with the Native communities in their respective regions.

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