July 31 Student Investment Account Update

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This week we’re highlighting some examples of how districts are authentically engaging with tribal communities and sovereign tribal governments to further our continued learning about how districts are engaging with their communities. Recognizing tribal educational sovereignty and communities are central to the spirit of the Student Investment Account, our focus on community engagement includes honoring the wisdom and sovereignty of tribes across Oregon. It is important to recognize the competing priorities tribal governments are facing and be respectful when asking for their engagement; allowing plenty of time to arrange meetings and being creative with how input can be obtained. 

Meaningful and intentional outreach is essential to how many districts engaged sovereign tribal governments and tribal communities. One district held a board meeting at a tribal government office with presentations of the SIA plan and space for community feedback. Another district presented their plan directly to a tribal council for input.  

Tribal engagement also involves collaborative partnerships with tribal education departments and parent groups to lead or facilitate listening sessions with focal group families and community members.  Other applicants worked with community-based organizations to help facilitate sessions with Native American families and students, utilizing local community centers that could host these co-sponsored sessions. We hope that engagement is just the beginning to on-going and meaningful partnerships between tribes, tribal communities and school districts. 

If you would like assistance in reaching out to tribes, please contact our Office of Indian Education.

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