TEDNA NYCP College and Career Readiness for Indian Students Project Director

March 20 to April 20, 2018

The Tribal Education Department National Assembly (TEDNA) Native Youth Community Partners (NYCP) Project will develop, test, and demonstrate the effectiveness of College and Career Readiness service and supports to improve the educational opportunities and achievement of Indian students in middle and junior high school. The TEDNA NYCP Project is expected to achieve the goal that all participating Grades 6-9 Indian students will improve College and Career Readiness as defined by a successful transition into high school with a GPA of 2.0+ and a plan that addresses and supports College and Career Readiness that is locally informed.

(Full abstract available upon request; email info@tedna.org). 

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If you are an expert in school conversion, project planning, or have an expertise within Native education/BIE schools, please consider the opportunity in Arizona. The Tohono O’odham Nation’s Education Department in Sells, AZ is hiring a Project Administrator to oversee research, planning, and potential implementation for converting their four BIE schools on the Nation to tribally controlled schools.

Click here to see the official job announcement.

For more information, please contact: Frances Benavidez
Education Outreach Coordinator
Office: 520.383.8659  | Email: frances.benavidez@tonation-nsn.gov

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May 25th, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly signed a memorandum of understanding that expands collaboration and support between the agencies through shared resources, expertise and technical assistance to Tribal Education Departments involved in Oklahoma higher education initiatives.

“The State Regents and TEDNA share a mutual interest in improving educational opportunities and outcomes for American Indian and Alaskan native students,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “The State Regents are proud to formalize this partnership with TEDNA to further assist our state’s Tribal Education Departments as they seek to enhance higher education programs and services.”

“The promise that our Native American communities have access to higher education is now becoming a reality through this partnership with the State Regents,” said U.S. Congressman Tom Cole. “This collaboration will open the necessary doors and build the fundamental resources to expand and ensure success for college-educated Native Americans. I am proud to support this initiative, and I look forward to witnessing its success.”

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TEDNA supports higher education programs that provide opportunities for tribal nation populations, and the partnership agreement provides the framework for a concerted effort to promote college degree completion. TEDNA, the State Regents and Oklahoma institutions will continue to work collaboratively to ensure academic and social support resources are available to members of sovereign nations headquartered in Oklahoma.

“Partnering with the State Regents through the Reach Higher program is a great opportunity for Tribal nations and their education departments,” said Quinton Roman Nose, executive director of TEDNA. “The partnership ultimately works toward overcoming re-enrollment barriers affecting Native American students in higher education. This is one of many monumental steps that will benefit the future of Oklahoma and Indian Country. TEDNA is especially proud to engage with the OSRHE on such a historic collaboration.”

Michigan – State Superintendent Brian Whiston is seeking to take actions against school districts that refuse to remove degrading mascots. The issue derived  from Paw Paw, when the school board still voted 4-3 to keep the district’s Redskins mascot and logo. Superintendent Whiston wants to fine school districts five to ten percent of their state aid as a repercussion for not dropping the racist or degrading mascot and logo.

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