The Natives Program is federally funded through the Indian Education Act of 1972, as amended by No Child Left Behind. The acronym NATIVES stands for Native Americans Towards Improved Values in Education and Society. Through this program students are able to receive an education and participate in multiple learning activities at no charge. The program serves students in the Eugene School District 4J who are:
- Members of a tribe, band, or other organized group of state
- Federally recognized Indians, including those tribes, bands, or groups terminated since 1940
- Child or grandchild of any such member mentioned above
- Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native
- Considered by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior to be an Indian
There is no specific blood quantum requirement. Students do not have to be enrolled in their tribe.
Keep up with the latest news on the program’s Facebook Page.
The mission of Title VII Indian Education Project is to enhance the educational achievement and Native cultural awareness of American Indian & Alaska Native students in Portland Public Schools.
A series of reports and tools supporting the success of American Indian/ Alaskan Native students in school including Indian Reading Series: Stories and Legends of the Northwest curriculum.
The Bureau of Indian Education follows the guidelines provided by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal grant program designed to improve educational opportunities for children with disabilities. Use this section to find information on schools, Assistive Technology Resources by State, Downloadable trainings and handouts.
American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) consists of 36 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in the United States and one in Canada. Each of these institutions was created and chartered by its own tribal government for a specific purpose: to provide higher education opportunities to American Indians through programs that are locally and culturally based, holistic, and supportive.
This Directory is designed for quick reference to a comprehensive listing of Indian resources. To maximize ease of locating resources in Oregon, the state has been divided into geographic quadrants, as shown on this map. Corresponding sections for each region follow on the next several pages. Each begins with an alphabetical listing of Tribes, resources, Indian education programs and publications found in each region. The symbols, NW, SW, NE and SE are used under subject headings throughout the directory. These refer to the region in which the service is located.
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) works to address the issues of child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development. NICWA also works to support compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), which seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families.
NICWA improves the lives of American Indian children and families by helping tribes and other service providers implement services that are culturally competent, community-based, and focused on the strengths and assets of families. This work includes collaborating with tribal and urban Indian child welfare programs to increase their service capacity, enhancing tribal-state relationships, and providing training, technical assistance, information services and alliance building.
The Native American Children’s Alliance is an inter-tribal membership organization whose mission is to promote excellence in child abuse prevention and intervention in Native American and Alaska Native communities through training, mentoring and information.
The American Indian Health Web site is designed to bring together health and medical resources focused on the American Indian population.
The Portland Area of the Indian Health Service (PAO) encompasses a rich diversity of Native culture and traditions in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Meeting the needs of our unique population requires an equally diverse health care delivery system. With direct service health centers operated by a combination of tribal facilities, urban Indian organization, and the I.H.S, we provide and coordinate care to over forty tribes in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to assure comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people.
The disparity of health status disproportionately affecting Northwest Indians is a primary concern for the Portland Area I.H.S. Each year, specific, measurable clinical objectives are used to assess and improve the quality of care at our facilities.
Current areas of emphasis are:
- Infant Health
- High Risk Maternal & Child Health
- Tobacco Use Intervention
- Domestic Violence
- Women’s Health Care
- Cancer Screening
In addition, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board works closely with the PAO, operating a variety of important health related programs on behalf of their member tribes, including the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center.
Major health problems include hypertension, diabetes mellitus, obesity, and otitis media. Accidental injuries account for mortality and morbidity several times the national average. Substance abuse issues are a major concern. With a health care team approach, the PAO endeavors to utilize Indian communities and families as a primary resource to effect ongoing improvement in health status for Native American and Alaska Natives.
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB or the Board) is a non-profit tribal advisory organization serving the forty-three federally recognized tribes of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Each member tribe appoints a Delegate via tribal resolution, and meets quarterly to direct and oversee all activities of NPAIHB.
Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland, Oregon mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.
By Vern Zacher, Jean Ness, and Dennis Olson
Quick common sense tips on transition for American Indian Youth in Transition and those working with them through the process.
RTC:Rural projects develop and evaluate culturally acceptable methods that tribal members with disabilities can use to initiate long-range planning and development discussions on their reservations, with an emphasis on disability issues and accommodating people with disabilities.
We, the National Congress of American Indian Youth, unite to serve our peoples concerns and interests by enchancing the spirtual, mental, physical and emotional well-being of tribal youth for a better Native America.
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Youth Commission is designed specifically for college and high school students ages 16-25 with an interest in political science, tribal government and Native American legislative and governmental affairs.The Youth Commission provides a unique perspective on issues relevent to tribal youth. It is to be a resource to NCAI and Tribal Leaders. It is an opportunity to acquire knowledge from NCAI and Tribal Leaders about the organizational processes of NCAI and structure of Tribal Politics. The Commission also serves to enhance leadership skills and cultivate those we may have obtained prior. Most importantly the NCAI Youth Commission is a mechanism for achieving a unified voice for ALL Native American and Alaskan Native youth.
Preserves and carries out traditions, languages and cultures of First Nations deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people. Provides information exchange, traditional and education activities, and awareness activities for non-Native and/or non-deaf people.
The Native American Disability Law Center is a private nonprofit organization that advocates for the legal rights of Native Americans with disabilities. Through advocacy and education, we empower Native people with disabilities to lead independent lives in their own communities.
The Native American Technical Assistance project, formerly TANAC, is funded by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA), and is a collaborative effort of the WIPA National Training Center of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Rural Institute of the University of Montana and Griffin-Hammis Associates.
This project focuses on providing training and technical assistance to Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) who work with Native American SSA beneficiaries with disabilities. CWICs that have access to training and technical assistance concerning American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian cultural issues, customs, and benefits will be better prepared to interact with Native Americans on the various issues related to SSA benefits available for individuals with disabilities.
The purpose of the program is to provide special education and related services to Native American children with severe disabilities, in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
ECTA is collaborating with the BIE, the Center for Development and Disability at University of New Mexico, and the Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (downloaded 4/25/11) to provide these resources to those serving young Native American Children with disabilities (Birth through 5) and their families. On this site we feature models of collaboration among state, local and tribal entities and resources to support future collaborations.
The Sapsik’wala Program at the University of Oregon provides scholarships and training to American Indian teachers who will work in schools with large Indian populations. In addition, the program provides a full year of support services including a mentor, evaluations, support for attendance at a professional conference, onsite consulting, an electronic distribution and discussion list and online consultation and Web site conferencing.
Has a goal to increase employment opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with disabilities nationwide, in both rural and urban areas.
Provides brief overview of Hawaiian history and culture, some discussion of individuals with disabilities.