Tribal Relations

 

This page provides information and resources to support Washington state school directors and administrators engage in meaningful, authentic partnerships with neighboring Tribes since the adoption and use of the Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum.

In 2005, the Washington State Legislature approved landmark legislation (SHB 1495) aimed at ensuring all students in our public schools have a deeper understanding of the history and culture of Native American Tribes in the Pacific Northwest. This legislation gave WSSDA a leadership role between 2006 and 2012 in strengthening and supporting government-to-government relations between local school districts and neighboring Tribal nations, and encouraging implementation of the Since Time Immemorial Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum. This work included the development of a “toolkit” of resource materials for school boards to utilize in these partnerships.

In 2015, the Legislature built upon the foundation of SHB 1495 by adopting SB 5433 that requires each Washington school district to engage local Tribes as partners in the review and updating of social studies curricular materials, including the use of the Since Time Immemorial Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum across the state.

Foundational Documents

Key Communications

WSSDA “Toolkit” 

Since Time Immemorial Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum

Resource Links