Know Before “U” Go is a college preparation program designed by the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC). The program teaches about post-secondary education, financial aid, and scholarships for the upcoming fall of 2016. They will have two locations set up. The first location is in Seattle, Washington in October and the second location in Rapid City, South Dakota in December. Click the link below to find out more details.

http://www.aigcs.org/

With graduation around the corner, this is a good time to remind everyone about the flyers TEDNA and NARF created.  Two flyers were created to assist students and families in their quest to wear an eagle feather at their graduation ceremony.  The first trifold flyer is for students and families and serves to provide guidance on working with School Districts to make the request.  The second trifold flyer is an informational flyer for School Districts to inform them about the significance and importance of the eagle feather to graduating students.

An excerpt from the first flyer:

Every year, Native high school students across the country seek to express their individual and tribal religious beliefs and celebrate their personal academic achievements by wearing an eagle feather at their graduation ceremonies. While most public school districts permit Native students to wear eagle feathers at graduation, some school districts do not allow it. This guide provides information for students and families on steps they can take to ensure that the graduate can wear an eagle feather during the commencement ceremony. It is based on approaches we have found most successful in addressing this issue.

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 services 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 Grade 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).

The success of the TEDNA NYCP Project will depend heavily on key personal attributes of the NYCP Project Director. Candidates for this position must bring:

  • Talent, intelligence, compassion, energy, enthusiasm and patience sufficient to bring all project participants to understand and personally invest in project success.
  • Sufficient understanding of tribal sovereignty, Native culture and Native experience to win and maintain acceptance and participation by the individuals and tribes that they will be serving.
  • Sufficient understanding of current and emerging learning, education and administrative practices (and their application in public, BIE and tribal schools) to build and maintain effective bridges within each community of students, parents, tribe, and school.
  • Sufficient understanding of the grant award criteria, TEDNA’s application and the roles and capacities of our OIE funder, our project evaluator and our partner service providers to build and maintain effective bridges within this community and each tribal community of students, parents, leaders and their partnering school.
  • A commitment to personal growth and development that will enable them to serve the NYCP Project’s highest potential as a demonstration project that informs and empowers all Native communities.

These attributes are also key to TEDNA’s success in recruiting and building the resources essential to fulfillment of our mission.

For more information, click here.

Here are TEDNA’s 2015 forum and workshop materials.  They will also be stored in the Resources section.

TEDNA Annual Meeting and Forum:

2015-10-14 Rosebud Sioux Tribe TEDNA Presentation
2015-10-14 Bowman PhD.Oral Defense TEDNA Presentation
2015-10-14 Sam Morseau TEDNA Presentation
2015-10-14 NARF, Melody MCCOY Tribal Education Codes

TEDNA Workshop: Collaborating with Public Schools:

STEP NIEA Workshop

NEW RELEASE – Tribal Education Departments National Assembly
Friday, September 18, 2015
TEDNA ANNOUNCES WINNER OF MERIT AWARD CONTEST

Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA) Executive Director Quinton RomanNose congratulates Alana Walker for her essay on the importance of culture in education.

Ms. Walker is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe and is currently enrolled at the Institute of
American Indian Arts, studying Cinematic Arts and Technology and on the Dean’s List. She aspires to own an animation studio that will employ indigenous animators and writers. “We are pleased to award Alana for her hard work and continuing education at IAIA and hope to be able to award many other students in the future,” said Mr. Roman Nose.

“I’m proud of Alana for taking advantage of the opportunity to apply for the TEDNA merit
award,” says Joyce McFarland, TEDNA Board Member and Nez Perce Education
Manager. “She showed wisdom beyond her years, in her essay, when she recognized knowledge gained by observation of the natural world and how cultural relevance in education makes students prepared to care for their community.”

TEDNA’s scholarship was established in 2015 to foster relationships with the youth impacted by TEDNA’s work. This year’s theme was “The Importance of Culture in Education.”

TEDNA is a membership organization for the Education Departments of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes. The founding of TEDNA has been supported by the Native American Rights Fund and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education.

If you are interested in sponsoring the scholarship in the future, or desire more information, Contact: Quinton Roman Nose, 405-295-5691, qromannose@tedna.org, http://www.tedna.org

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See the original press release here.

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  1. Vickie Vasquez, Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Indian Education in 2004 who awarded NARF a grant to start TEDNA.
  2. Quinton Roman Nose, Marilyn Cuch (In 2004, President George W. Bush acknowledged Mrs. Cuch’s work in preparing American Indian/Alaska Native teachers at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas.) ,  Joyce Silverthorne, Jerome Jainga (except for Marilyn, all three are the founding members of TEDNA) at 2004 signing of Executive Order on Indian Education.
  3. TEDNA was invited to White House to Executive Order signing by President Bush.  Pic is President signing Executive Order.