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Native American Education

SPS’s Native American Education Program is a Referral Service

2023 land acknowledgment in English and Southern Lushootseed with photo of canoes
SPS Land Acknowledgment

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.

Save the Dates

  • January 11, 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Indian Parent Advisory Committee Meeting (virtual)
  • January 16, 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Family Culture Night
  • January 30, 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Family Culture Night
  • February 8, 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Indian Parent Advisory Committee Meeting (virtual)
  • February 13, 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Family Culture Night
  • February 27, 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Family Culture Night

February is African-American History Month

Learn about the past, present, and future of Black Indians, also known as Afro-Indigenous, African American Indian, and African and Native American.

Images of Native American Tina Turner, Cherokee Jimi Hendrix, Cherokee and Choctaw James Earl Jones, and Wampanoag Crispus Attucks

November is Native American Heritage Month

Wear Orange on September 29, 2023

In 1973, Stwecem’c Xgat’tem First Nations citizen Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s new orange shirt, given to her by her grandmother, was taken away the day she arrived at Mission School. She was six years old. In 2013, she founded the Orange Shirt Society as part of her healing journey.

Image and date of 2023 Orange Shirt Day logo and text explaining the purpose of Orange Shirt Day, September 29

Learn more…


Technology Support

Technology Supports for Families

Please call 206-252-0100 or email laptops@seattleschools.org for student and family technology support. 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.

Indian Parent Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings are the second Thursday of each month, 5-6 p.m. on Teams.

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Family Resources

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

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

See if you qualify for free or low-cost Internet Resources for Seattle residents.

Seattle Public Schools Native American Education program works in collaboration and partnership with Family Support and McKinney-Vento program staff. Contact Chrissy Dulik Dalos, the Native Family Support Worker, by email lcdulikdalos@seattleschools.org 

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). Application dates to be determined.

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.

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

All applicants must have a valid 506 form on file with SPS Native American Education to be considered. Registration is closed at this time. New applications will be added to the waitlist.

I Am Native-Video

SPSTV Licorice Fern Story

Native American Education collaborated with Social-Emotional Learning to prepare activities for SELtember 2022. These activities promote social-emotional learning using plant teachings.