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Resources that focus on American Indian educational and cultural information; includes funding and a directory of California Indian Education Centers.

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California Tribe, American Indian Education Center, and Local Education Agency Locator External link opens in new window or tab.
An interactive online mapping tool for locating California federally-recognized Tribes, California Department of Education-funded American Indian education centers, and local education agencies.

California Tribal Communities External link opens in new window or tab.
Resources and information pertaining to the 109 federally recognized Native American tribes in California.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) American Indian Education Resources
Information and resources regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and California’s American Indian community.

American Indian Education Centers Calendar of Events
Webinars, conferences, and other events hosted by partners of the California Department of Education (CDE) related to California's American Indian community.

American Indian Education Oversight Committee
Public notices, agendas, and other related information for the American Indian Education Oversight Committee.

American Indian Education Center Program: Report to the Governor and the Legislature 2021
This report is required by California Education Code Section 33384, for the American Indian Education Center Program.

American Indian Education Center Program: Report to the Governor and the Legislature 2016
This report is required by California Education Code Section 33384, for the American Indian Education Center Program.

American Indian Education Centers
Directory of American Indian Education Centers in California listed by the county in which they are located.

California Healthy Kids Survey External link opens in new window or tab.
This is the 2018–19 results for the American Indian Education Center's California Healthy Kids Survey.

Funding
Available funding and lists of currently funded agencies for American Indian Education programs, including Tobacco-Use Prevention Education.

Team California for Healthy Kids
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has initiated the Team California for Healthy Kids to promote healthy eating and physical activity throughout the day, every day, in schools, before and after school agencies, early childhood programs, and communities. The campaign will focus on making healthy choices the easy choices.

Other Resources

Pathmakers Native American Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
Teacher resource focusing on specific topics in Indigenous histories, cultures, and contemporary lives. For pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program Resources and Native American Teaching Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
These resources focus on specific topics in Indigenous histories, cultures, and contemporary lives. For pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Del Norte Unified School District Native American Teaching Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
The resource focus on specific topics in Indigenous histories, cultures, and contemporary lives. For pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

“Ka’m-t’em: A Journey Toward Healing” Indigenous Knowledge External link opens in new window or tab.
Adverse Childhood Experiences Supplemental (ACES) focusing on implementing traditional practices into ACES programs. For pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Native American Speaker Series External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 1:47:06)
Rose Soza War Soldier, PhD, Mountain Maidu/Cahuilla/Luiseño, enrolled member of Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. For pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

California State University, Sacramento-California Native People External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 1:17:37)
Reflections, Monuments, and Myths. For pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Understanding the American Indian Student in Your Classroom Today External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 4:13)
California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond invites you to honor and celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a webinar series to understand American Indian - Alaskan Native (AIAN) students and community today.

Native Knowledge 360° - Interactive Teaching Resources (si.edu) External link opens in new window or tab. is an initiative of the National Museum of the American Indian External link opens in new window or tab., which offers free virtual field trips. These live and interactive programs led by a museum educator focus on specific topics in Indigenous histories, cultures, and contemporary lives. For pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) offers a free online professional learning series on culturally responsive instruction External link opens in new window or tab. for Native American students.

Harvard University prepared a report, “Cultivated Ground External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF),” outlining effective teaching practices for Native students in a public high school.

American Indians of Colorado: Snapshots in Time External link opens in new window or tab. is provided by the Denver Public School’s Indian Education department. It offers classroom material on the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Ute, and Puebloans.

Native Village External link opens in new window or tab. offers articles, essays, educational materials, links and an online newspaper concerning contemporary issues entitled “Native Village Youth and Education News.” Native Village also offers updates on grants and other opportunities. Their Native Library is a wonderful resource broken down into topics such as: Animals Library; Arts and Crafts Library; Books, Literature, Storytelling; Clothes, Food, Shelter; Current Events; Earth and Environment; Elders, Leader and Heroes; European Invasion; Games and Sports; Health, History and Traditions; Media; Music and Dance; Plants; and its award-winning Native Language Library.

COVID-19 Resources for Native American Communities External link opens in new window or tab.
The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health now has over 100 resources available on our web-based COVID-19 resources library. Resources include fact sheets, social media messages, videos, radio scripts, and podcasts for use by Native American communities.

Addressing Trauma in American Indian and Alaska Native Youth: Final Report Mathematica Policy Research External link opens in new window or tab.
This report contains descriptions of summaries of the evidence base for each intervention. This report also contains recommendations, research and policy implications for advancing existing and developing new programs that can improve outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

American Indian Higher Education Consortium External link opens in new window or tab.
Professional organization made up of 32 tribal colleges whose mission is to support the work of these colleges and the national movement for tribal self-determination.

Association of Recovery Schools External link opens in new window or tab.
Recovery high schools are secondary schools designed specifically for students in recovery from substance use disorder or dependency.

Background Information on Trauma Among American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
The National Congress of American Indian Policy Research Center developed a resource that emphasized the growing recognition of trauma among American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.

Childhood Trauma Series in Indian CountryExternal link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
This series offers information about stressors, trauma responses, and effective treatments for American Indian and Alaska Native children and youth, their parents, and other family members.

Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab.
This Center provides communities, clinicians, policy-makers, and others with the information and tools to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.

Historical Trauma and Suicide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
A presentation made available by the Indian Health Service.

How Native American Children Benefit from Trauma-Informed Schools External link opens in new window or tab.
This is an article regarding a meeting that was part of an approach developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint, and other organizations to address the psychological and educational consequences of trauma.

Indian Country Child Trauma Center External link opens in new window or tab.
The Indian Country Child Trauma Center was established to develop trauma-related treatment protocols, outreach materials, and service delivery guidelines specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation - Lessons of Our Land External link opens in new window or tab.
Lessons of Our Land is an interdisciplinary Indian land curriculum designed to align with existing state standards and is adaptable to include the history and culture of the region’s Indian nations. The Indian Land Tenure Foundation provides free Indian land tenure curriculum for all educational levels.

National Museum of the American Indian External link opens in new window or tab.
The Smithsonian's dedication to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans.

Native Maps External link opens in new window or tab.
California's Native American lands, tribes, artists, powwows, and other information.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition External link opens in new window or tab.
Extensive resources on Native Americans.

National Native Children's Trauma Center External link opens in new window or tab.
The National Native Children's Trauma Center is a Category II Treatment and Service Adaptation Center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network focused on increasing service providers' ability to respond to the trauma-related needs of American Indian and Alaska Native children and youth in culturally appropriate ways.

Suicide Prevention in Rural, Tribal Communities: The Intersection of Challenge and PossibilityExternal link opens in new window or tab.
An article that appeared in the Journal of Rural Mental Health and was produced by the National Native Children's Trauma Center.

The RISE Channel External link opens in new window or tab.
Native youth of Resources for Indian Student Education, Inc. (RISE) continue to make connections with Earth, stewardship, community and culture with leadership in prevention projects funded by CDE Tobacco Use Prevention Education funding for American Indian Education Centers in California. Amid commercialism that dishonors ancient medicine, high rates of suicide, violence and alcohol/substance abuse Native youth in the RISE program set out to bring awareness through short video that honor traditions around the phrase Friends Don’t Let Friends Abuse the Medicine. The youth continue to bring important messages forward and share those on the RISE Channel, designed by On Native Ground.

Trauma SmartExternal link opens in new window or tab.
A systemic practice model that addresses the aftermath of violence and trauma within the context of a natural environment—Head Start classrooms.

US Department of Education Office of Indian Education External link opens in new window or tab.
Under Title VII of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Indian education programs are authorized to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes, and other entities to meet the special educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
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