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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.


Upcoming events

The Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair (Update)


Update Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair Live Performance days and the intertribal Hymn Singing on April 6 and 7, 2020 have been canceled due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 Virus (Coronavirus). This cancellation correlates with the University of Oklahoma’s and the Sam Noble Museum’s response and precautions to COVID-19.

The Books, comics and Cartoons, Film & Video, Poster, and Topical Essay categories will be judged and winners announced on the ONAYLF website. 

Materials will be returned to schools by mail.

Teachers are encouraged to have their students perform locally.Videos these performance can be posted to a Virtual Language Fair page on the ONAYLF website or on our Facebook page. 

All students registered for the 2020 ONAYLF will receive a t-shirt which will be mailed to their language program.


If you have questions, please feel free to contact ONAYLF at

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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