Our Mission

             Tribal Education Department’s National Assembly (TEDNA) is a Native run non-profit that seeks to provide ongoing resources for professional development; providing technical assistance to tribal education departments looking to craft more comprehensive educational systems. Specifically, TEDNA seeks to assemble and collectively represent sovereign nations’ education departments. TEDNA accomplishes this by fostering effective relationships with government agencies, education agencies, and organizations, in addition to providing support and encouragement for each tribes’ right to define and achieve its own education goals specific to their community. TEDNA represents Tribal Nations reclaiming our sovereignty in education; through the empowerment of establishing tribal education departments or the re-establishment of the tribal education departments, tribal nations are positioning our Nations into the drivers’ seats of leading our nations through educational settings such as early childhood, K12, college, and/or career readiness initiatives.

Weekly Bulletin

Weekly Bulletin


Google has created Teach From Home which is a temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This hub of resources includes information on how to get started with your online classroom, provides tech support, as well as information on approaches that other teachers are taking.

For Education

COVID-19 Oklahoma Educational Resources

          TEDNA has created a resource document to support our communities and Education Specialists  during the Coronavirus pandemic and throughout any prolonged school closures. It is maintained by Tribal Education Departments National Assembly, but as you will see, many of the resources were shared/created by external organizations and partners. 

This document includes information on 

    • Moving your classes to an online platform
    •  Internet and online platform access
    • Teaching and talking about the Coronavirus
    • Academic Learning Resources


The Sovereign Community School Needs Your Support

      The Sovereign Community School Foundation is seeking $250,000 to support distance learning through May 2020 and to meet a budget shortfall for the 2020-2021 school year.

     Sovereign Community School has shown indigenized education practices and culturally relevant teaching works for Native students. In the first year, the students have demonstrated a 300 percent growth per NWEA State Assessments. Indigenous educators, relatable curriculum, and a caring community have been central to the success of Sovereign Community School. It is the only place in Oklahoma where Native students have a safe place to be exactly who they were created to be. The enrollment numbers for next year already show a significant increase and the Foundation’s goal is to make this incredible experience available to more indigenous youth.

Please make a donation to help the fledgling school continue and expand to serve more Native students.


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 Times like these remind us that we must continuously disrupt and address issues of hate and bias, which often find their way into schools. 

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Teaching Through Coronavirus: What Educators Need Right Now

     We asked educators what they need, and we listened. We hope this message—and these resources—offer some help.


Benefits of a Membership

  • The ability to deliberate and comment on State and National policies relating to tribal education. ​

  • Discussions with other TEDs/TEAs across the United States regarding their implementation development.​

  • Discussions with other TEDs/TEAs across the United States regarding their implementation development.

  • Invitation to our TEDNA annual meeting

  • Spotlight in the TEDNA Newsletter regarding any advertisement, testimonies, or any successes within your tribe.

  • Free Access to our resources