A library collection hosted by CPIR
Developed by NAPTAC | Native American Parent
Technical Assistance Center
The materials in Tier 1 introduced and discussed the cultural and historical background that has impacted Native communities. Equipped with that awareness, we urge your Parent Center to begin or expand its outreach to and service delivery to AI/AN communities.
The Tier 2 materials below will help you plan and conduct your outreach in culturally sensitive and appropriate ways. The materials address questions such as:
- How will our awareness of tribal sovereignty impact how we conduct outreach to Native communities?
- What are our initial steps? What cultural awareness tips will help us? How do we introduce our Parent Center to a tribal community?
- What opportunities for connecting with Native families exist? How and where might we connect with Native youth? Are there any points of contact that would be particularly useful in schools?
Several key cultural reference materials that were introduced in Tier 1 are repeated here in Tier 2 for those readers who began their research in Tiers 2, 3, or 4, and may have missed them.
Keeping Tribal Sovereignty in Mind During Outreach
Webinar | Tribal Sovereignty and Outreach to Native American Families
This 57-minute webinar led by Robin Butterfield is tailored expressly for Parent Centers to learn more about tribal sovereignty and its role and significance in history, in U.S. courts, and in current times. The webinar includes specific suggestions and activities that Parent Centers can use in staff development as part of internal capacity building and as part of outreach planning. Two worksheets are provided to guide Parent Centers in gaining specific knowledge of tribal communities in their area.
We are pleased to share the 2016 webinar with you as well the PowerPoint presentation (which includes speaker notes) and the worksheets created for Parent Centers.
PowerPoint Presentation and Outreach Worksheets
Now, for your viewing and listening pleasure, here’s where to view the webinar.
Tribal Sovereignty and Outreach to Native Families
This brief offers a summary of how important tribal sovereignty is to tribes and tribal members, and explores how Parent Centers might plan and conduct outreach to Native families within the reality of tribal sovereignty and the governing policies of individual tribal communities. [4-page brief in Word and PDF, 2016]
Initial Outreach Steps
We’re pleased to share two resources that you can use to inform your initial steps in conducting outreach to Native communities. These are:
Cultural Awareness and Connecting with Native Communities
What are some cultural tips and protocols to know when reaching out to Native communities? While etiquette will vary from community to community, there are commonalities as well. Observing them will enhance your Parent Center’s connectedness with Native families and communities. [4-page brief, available in Word and PDF, 2016]
Introducing Your Parent Center to American Indian Communities
Does your Parent Center cover a service region that includes one or more American Indian or Alaska Native communities? If so, this brief is written for you, especially if your Parent Center is gearing up for outreach to Native families or revitalizing prior connections with Native communities. Included are suggestions for “first steps” in approaching and building relationships or strengthening partnerships with AI/AN communities. [3-page brief, available in Word and PDF, 2016]
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Connecting with Native Families and Youth
Webinar | Working with Native Families: Barriers and Opportunities
This 58-minute webinar led by Dr. Marilyn J. Johnson is tailored expressly for Parent Centers and focuses on:
- How parent involvement impacts student achievement
- Early educational experiences of Native parents
- Present-day educational experiences of Native parents
- Benefits of family engagement in education
- Value of connecting with Native parents and overcoming historical barriers
We are pleased to share the 2016 webinar with you (linked below), as well as the PowerPoint presentation used in the webinar (which includes speaker notes).
Watch the webinar at:
Webinar | Outreach to Native Parents via Title VI
This 55-minute webinar led by Robin Butterfield is tailored expressly for Parent Centers and explores the federally funded Title VI program, its roots and unique aspects, and how Parent Centers might include Title VI in their outreach initiatives to Native communities. We are pleased to share the PowerPoint presentation used in the webinar (which includes speaker notes), as well as a link to the 2017 webinar for your viewing pleasure. Immediately below, you’ll also find this webinar’s companion brief.
Watch the webinar at:
Outreach to Native Parents via Title VI
Title VI is known as the Indian Education Act, and is part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It targets federal funds to improve education of Indian students in all grade levels and in all kinds of schools, particularly in public schools. The Act recognizes that American Indians and Alaska Natives have unique educational and culturally related academic needs and distinct language and cultural needs. This brief describes the work and activities of Title VI programs and suggests ways in which Parent Centers can utilize this resource when outreaching to Native families. [4-page brief, available in Word and PDF, 2016]
Reaching Out to American Indian and Alaska Native Youth with Disabilities
This expanded brief explores how Parent Centers might plan and conduct outreach to American Indian and Alaska Native youth with disabilities. By referencing Native-specific organizations and resources, this guide supports Parent Centers in addressing a key federal priority—that is, to connect directly with youth who have disabilities and to increase their capacity to be effective self-advocates. [8-page brief, available in Word and PDF, 2017. This guide is also listed under Tier 3 materials.]
State Indian Education Contacts
The list of State Indian State Education Contacts was developed for Parent Centers and other service providers to use in identifying and connecting with the individuals who serve as their state contact for American Indian and Alaska Native education. These individuals can be very helpful to Parent Centers and others in establishing and building relationships within Native communities in the state, and in learning about ongoing parent activities and initiatives that promote the well-being and achievement of Native students. Updated for 2019, the list of contacts is available in Word, PDF, and here online at CPIR, at:
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