Sovereignty in Education: Creating Culturally-Based Charter Schools in Native Communities

The National Indian Education Association (NIEA), a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening Native education, released a handbook entitled Sovereignty in Education: Creating Culturally-Based Charter Schools in Native Communities. For nonprofit organizations working within Native communities and those considering starting charter schools, the handbook provides several key insights to understanding the unique landscape within Native communities in a way that respects their cultural heritage as well as their sovereignty.

Population of focus: American Indian, Alaska Native communities

Links to resource:

  • View the full handbook Sovereignty in Education: Creating Culturally-Based Charter Schools in Native Communities online
  • Learn more about the National Indian Education Association
  • Visit the website of the Walatowa High Charter School, one of the schools highlighted within the handbook – which meets Native community needs by creating an environment where “young people who understand their identity and appreciate their unique heritage are best-equipped to become effective students and citizens.”
  • Visit the website of Pemayetv Emahakv “Our Way” Charter School, another school highlighted within the handbook – “that meets high standards of academic achievement by providing a rigorous curriculum, infused with Seminole language and culture, in an environment that is safe, nurturing, conducive to learning and designed to preserve Seminole traditions.”
  • Read the press release about the handbook from Indian Country Today

Date: 2018