A Toolkit for Tribal Consultation

Understanding the ESSA law and how to support educational sovereignty

The Need

The first edition of Oregon’s Tribal Consultation Toolkit was published in 2020 — and the educational landscape nationwide has transformed over the past three years. 

The Office of Indian Education at the Oregon Department of Education was ready to revise the first edition of their toolkit to include additional context, as well as updated policies and practices, in support of government-to-government consultation between school districts and Tribal Nations. 

LEAs that receive greater than $40,000 in Title VI funding or that have a student body of 50% or greater American Indian/Alaska Native students are required to engage in consultation with Tribes. But not all educational leaders are trained in government-to-government relationship-building and consultation — so where do they start?

The Resource

This toolkit is designed for local education agencies (LEAs) and the nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon. It is rooted in the belief that the voices of the nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon are critical to improving outcomes and creating safe and welcoming learning environments where all students can thrive. Serving as an equity lever, consultation offers the opportunity to co-create school and district plans and establish and strengthen partnerships with Tribes throughout Oregon communities. 

The toolkit includes: 

  • An overview of Tribal consultation and history
  • Federal and state laws, including sovereignty and federal Title programs
  • Responsibilities of LEAs and LEAs who are members of a consortium (LEA-Cs)
  • Documents and resources for LEAs and Tribes to prepare for Tribal consultation

Region 16 Comprehensive Center’s Oregon and communications staff collaborated with the Office of Indian Education, TIDES Education Associates, and the nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon to develop the updated toolkit. 

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