Departments

Native American Education

SPS’s Native American Education Program Is a Referral Service

We work with students, parents and guardians, teachers, principals, and SPS departments on a case-by-case basis to address the broad scope of needs our Native students face. We want every family to understand how to navigate the district’s resources and support all schools in understanding the unique experience Native students face interacting with our system. Our goal is to ensure all Native students have a high-quality educational experience and reach the goal of graduation.

Please call or email Gail Morris gtmorris@seattleschools.org We are here to help, problem solve, and inspire.

Welcome To Huchoosedah
land acknowledgement - We would like to acknowledge that we are on the ancestral lands and traditional territories off the Puget Sound Coast Salish People

COVID-19 Rental Assistance

Please call ahead for Rental Assistance to see if the organization continues to have funds available.

UPDATED: January 4, 2021

Up-to-date information: 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number to connect with services that can help with rental assistance, shelter, legal referrals, housing assistance, transportation, food, and other needs.  

Red Eagle Soaring
King County area Native families who have been impacted by COVID-19 with a loss of income.

For Rental or Food Assistance, please email Nicole Suyama (Program Manager): nicole@redeaglesoaring.org

Homeless Prevention Offered at Mother Nation 
Provides case management and housing search assistance for Native Americans and their families.

  • Address: 4250 South Mead Street, Seattle 98118
  • Phone: (206) 722-2321
  • Websitehttps://www.mothernation.org
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. 

United Indians of all Tribes Homelessness Prevention Program
Serves families and young adults (under 24 years old) who are at imminent risk of eviction.

Chief Seattle Club Homeless Prevention
Call in advance to see if you qualify for assistance:
Tina Berkley, Homeless Prevention (206) 473-7770.

UNEA Community Outreach/Rent Assistance
We are now able to provide limited assistance with rent to qualifying King County families. If you are interested, please email markseattl3@aol.com.

Due to funding limitations, our Community Outreach program is only able to serve Seattle families, with youth and/or Elders in the household.

Financial Assistance offered by St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle King County
Provides financial assistance for needs such as rent, bus passes, utility bills and other needs through local neighborhood chapters.

Rental Assistance offered by Salvation Army’s Social Services Department in White Center
Message states weekly availability.

Rental Assistance offered at United Churches Emergency Fund
Provides rent assistance to North Seattle residents in zip codes 98105, 98115, 98125 and 98103. Eviction notice not required. Move-in assistance may be available for people moving into or within the area served. 

  • Address: 4515 16th Avenue NE, Seattle 98105
  • Phone: (206) 524-7885
  • Websitehttps://www.ucef-seattle.org/
  • Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Project Self Sufficiency offered by YWCA Seattle King Snohomish The Willows
Provides case management and financial assistance for rent and utilities to those within Seattle city limits. Call to leave a message.**EVICTION NOTICE / SHUT-OFF REQUIRED**

Utility Bill Relief

If you would like support to pay a utility bill (water sewer garbage, Seattle City Light, or PSE) please contact Gail Morris, gtmorris@seattleschools.org, telephone (206) 252-0948. You will need these items: lease/rental agreement, current bill, and student must have a 506 Form on file with us and be Native American/Alaska Native.
Has your income changed? Click HERE to see if you qualify for the City of Seattle Utility Discount Program.

Remote Learning Resources

For information about SPS’s remote learning during COVID-19, updates and resources, please visit these webpages: 

Technology Support

Technology Supports for Families

Please call 206-252-0100 or email laptops@seattleschools.org for student and family technology support or visit a SPS Technology Resource Center. Technology support includes:

  • Laptop and SPS device support
  • Internet WiFi hot spots support
  • Support with remote learning software (e.g., Seesaw, Schoology) and other educational resources
  • General technology resource information and support
  • Support with the following translation software:
    • Microsoft translator
    • Talking Points
    • Linguistica
  • Additional English Language instructional support

Learn more:

If your student needs help getting a laptop, please contact their principal, teacher or email Gail Morris: gtmorris@seattleschools.org.

Family Resources

Need support with food, housing, child care, Internet access and other services? Click HERE to get help at the Crisis Connection.

Not quite sure what resources are available? Click HERE to search the King County 2-1-1 Database. You can also dial 2-1-1 to speak with someone.

Click HERE to see if you qualify for free or low-cost Internet Resources for Seattle residents.

As part of a collaboration between the Western Washington Native American Education Consortium (WWNAEC) and Seattle Public Schools, we invite SPS Native American student(s) in grades 8 – 12 to apply to the Native American Youth Leadership Academy (NAYLA.). This wonderful opportunity brings together over one hundred 8-12th grade Native American Youth from across Western Washington to take part in activities that support and promote positive academic outcomes, meaningful leadership development and cultural identity. Students will come together throughout the academic year, connect, build positive relations with other Native American students and adults, participate in a variety of culturally responsive leadership development, and engage in personal as well as academic activities that promote continual constructive progression.

The first cross-district NAYLA session for the 2021-2022 school year will be October 7, 2021.  

Transportation to and from each NAYLA session will be provided by SPS Native American Education Huchoosedah Program.

Applications are due by Wednesday, September 29 at 3:00 pm, and invited participants will be notified by October 1. All applicants must have a valid 506 form on file with SPS Native American Education to be considered.

Contact SPS NAYLA Coordinator and Native American Education Re-entry / Intervention Student Specialist Lauren Nabahe for more information: lmfonoimoana@seattleschools.org


On 4/7/2021, a team from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) completed a review of federal and state programs in which Seattle Public Schools participates. In the review, OSPI stated, “Seattle Public Schools is to be commended for adoption of policy and for providing high quality, consistent, and comprehensive professional learning for staff to fully implement the Since Time Immemorial tribal sovereignty curriculum.”

Seattle Public Schools would not have been able to achieve such high praise were it not for the unyielding efforts of Native Education Program Manager Gail T. Morris and her staff. Morris’s efforts yielded a blue ribbon program model that not only tells the truth about the past, present, and future of tribal people, but also “re-indigenizes” history and civics in a way that promotes pride and genuinely values the identities of our Native students. We are excited that her vision continues to expand and gain momentum into the future, and all SPS students and staff will continue to benefit.

Native Youth Summit

The national Native Youth Summit will amplify and elevate the voices of 100 Indigenous youth, and showcase their resilience, creativity and leadership in coming together for their community amidst the pandemic. It’s also an opportunity to connect them with leaders and experts in film. View this year’s work:

Explore Our Native Knowledge Resources!

Explore our selection of resources focused on Native American and Alaska Native knowledge curated by SPS Native American Education staff. Our aim is to make it easy for teachers to integrate teaching about contemporary culture and people as well as Washington State tribal history with their lessons all year long.

View Resources

I am Native Film Honors Students 

I Am Native: A Video Highlighting Native American SPS Students and Leaders

I am Native is a short film (7:38 minutes) showcasing Seattle Public Schools’ Native high school students and staff sharing their stories, hopes and dreams for their future. 

March 9th is Billy Frank Jr. Day

Billy Frank Junior

Billy Frank Jr., a Northwest Native American (Nisqually) activist, played a key role in the “Fish Wars” of the 1960’s and 1970’s, resulting in a landmark decision affirming tribal fishing rights. Join us in honoring him on March 9th!

On February 24, 2021, the Seattle School Board approved a resolution designating March 9, 2021 a day of observance recognizing and honoring the life and legacy of Billy Frank Jr.

Learn more about this influential leader in our Billy Frank Jr. collection of resources: Billy Frank Jr. Online Collection

Recognizing Our Students

We are so proud of our students! Below, watch Rose Glen and Wes Calf Robe receiving a custom wool blanket and Huchoosedah paddle necklace to honor and celebrate their achievements.

Huchoosedah Paddles made by Louie Gong
Eighth Generation, a Native-owned Seattle company founded by Louie Gong (Nooksack), created the blankets and paddles.
8th generation warehouse
Pictured right: Louie Gong (center) with Native American Education staff Lauren Nabahe Fonoimoana (Paiute-Shoshone, Navajo, Mono), high school re-entry/intervention specialist (right), and Renée Remlinger-Tee, librarian (left).
Gail White Eagle Blanket
The wool blankets were specially designed by Gail White Eagle (Muckleshoot, Chehalis), pictured left, who has been weaving for 25 years.  

Nathan Hale Student Creates Film about Climate Change Affecting Indigenous Nations

Interconnected: The Effect of Climate Change on Indigenous Nations is a film produced by Rosie Port, a graduate of Nathan Hale (2020), and her brother Gabe. Rosie created and beautifully produced this powerful film for her Hale Senior Action Project. It is an important piece of student work about issues facing indigenous culture and what individuals can do to reduce their environmental impact.