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Indian Education Policies in Five Northwest Region States

This REL Northwest report categorizes the Indian education policies of five Northwest Region states based on 13 key policies identified in the literature. It also describes the legal methods used to adopt them, such as statutes, regulations, and executive orders. The study found that six of the key policies had been adopted by all five states: adopting academic standards for teaching students about the history and culture of America's indigenous peoples, involving Native Americans on advisory boards, promoting Native American languages through teacher certification, allowing students to learn their native language as part of their education program, and providing tuition assistance for college-bound Native American students.