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Tribal Consultation

The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Office of Indian Education, the TIDES Education Associates, Region 16 Comprehensive Center, and other esteemed contributors is excited to share an updated version of Oregon’s Tribal Consultation Toolkit. The revision of this toolkit represents deep partnership between the nine federally recognized tribes and includes:

  • An Overview of Tribal Consultation and History;
  • Federal and State Laws, including Sovereignty and Federal Title Programs;
  • Responsibilities of Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Local Education Agencies who are members of a consortium (LEA-Cs); and
  • Documents and Resources for LEAs and Tribes to prepare for Tribal Consultation

This toolkit is designed for our LEAs and the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon. The purpose of this toolkit is to provide a resource to school districts, particularly those who receive greater than $40K in Title VI funding or have 50% or more American Indian/Alaska Native+ students. This toolkit is rooted in the belief that the voices of the nine federally recognized Tribes of Oregon in district school improvement planning is critical to improving outcomes and creating safe and welcoming learning environments where all students can thrive. Serving as an equity lever, consultation offers opportunity to co-create school and district plans and establish and strengthen partnerships with Tribes throughout Oregon communities.

Our Deepest Gratitude

We express our deep gratitude to each of the nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon for their contributions to this toolkit; tribes contributed stories, personal communications, information, and images that the authors and editors used as the foundational pieces for this toolkit. Thank you to the Burns Paiute Tribe, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Coquille Indian Tribe, and Klamath Tribes.

PDFs of Forms

Please find PDF documents from the Tribal Consultation Toolkit below. LEAs and LEA-Cs should ensure a copy of the Affirmation of Tribal Consultation is always sent to ODE.TribalConsultation@ode.oregon.gov, as well as any other required departments or entities indicated in applications from ODE or the US Department of Education. Fillable forms will be uploaded to this webpage late Fall.

2023 Trainings

Title VI Awardees (School District and Consortiums) Only - ODE’s Tribal Consultation Toolkit 2.0 Information Session

  • November 15 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Slide Deck
  • November 16 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (This is the same session repeated.) - Slide Deck 

ODE Employees Only - Tribal Consultation Toolkit 2.0 Information Session

  • November 8, 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. - Slide Deck
  • November 16, 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. (This is the same session repeated.) - Slide Deck 

COSA Equity Summit - September 29, 2023
Honoring Educational Sovereignty Through Partnerships with Tribal Nations


Oregon School Board Association (OSBA) - November 10, 2023
Honoring Educational Sovereignty Through Partnerships with Tribal Nations


As of the Fall of 2023, the following LEAs and LEA-C are required to engaged in Tribal Consultation, because they meet the criteria of an “affected LEA” as outlined in Section 8538 of the ESEA, as amended by ESSA: In that their Title VI Award for the previous fiscal year is >$40,000:

  • Ashland (LEA-C/SOESD)
  • Bethel School District
  • Brookings-Harbor 17C (awardee in 22/23)
  • Central Point (LEA-C/SOESD)
  • Columbia Gorge ESD (awardee in 22/23)
  • Dufur (awardee in 22/23)
  • Eagle Point (LEA-C/SOESD)
  • Eugene School District
  • Grants Pass 7 (LEA-C/SOESD)
  • Hood River (awardee in 22/23)
  • Jefferson County 509J (awardee in 22/23)
  • Klamath County School District
  • Klamath Falls City Schools
  • Lincoln County School District
  • Medford 549C (LEA-C/SOESD)
  • Multnomah - Portland Public Schools
  • North Wasco SD 21 (awardee in 22/23)
  • Phoenix-Talent 4 (LEA-C/SOESD)
  • Rogue River 35 (LEA-C/SOESD)
  • Salem-Keizer
  • Southern Oregon ESD
  • South Wasco
  • Springfield School District
  • Three Rivers/Josephine County (LEA-C/SOESD)
  • Willamina SD
 

Oregon FY 2023-2024 Awardees - This is a spreadsheet with all approved EASIE FY 2023-2024 applications. It includes key information from the US DOE grant applications, in addition to the following pertinent information - A Title VI District Award Recipient's AI/AN+ Count, if Tribal Consultation or Meaningful and Ongoing Collaboration is required, if one or more schools in the district is designated Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) or Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), as well as a link to the school district's Integrated Application.

This document also includes all school districts who are part of the Columbia Gorge ESD Consortium and the Southern Oregon ESD Consortium. 

Contact Our Team

For general Tribal Consultation questions or requests for information, please email ODE.TribalConsultation@ode.oregon.gov.

For specific help or assistance, please contact ODE’s Education Program Specialist II, Stacy Parrish, serving in the Office of Indian Education. She can work directly with Education Directors for tribes or school district leaders to provide support and guidance on tribal consultation. Please email Stacy or call her at 971-208-0270.