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For Information on Teaching Native American Students or with students within an Alaskan village with a public, tribal, mission or BIE operated school, please contact Associate Director of Native American Outreach, Kimberly Hiebert at

"We currently assist Troops to Teachers candidates with teaching credentials and placement, working on a reservation, nation, rancheria, village or pueblo or schools outside that have a high population of indigenous students." We recognize the Federal Indian Preference Act in assistance with those BIE schools who accommodate the Act, and candidates who qualify under the Act in addition.

Reservation Information

Reservation, Pueblo, Nation, Rancheria, Village, Community

Teaching in Alaska
List of District Websites

-Navajo Nation
-Tohono O'odham Tribe of
Tohono O'odham Nation
-Hualapai Tribe of
Hualapai Reservation
-Pima O'OdhamTribe
-Maricopa Tribes
Gila River Indian Community
-San Carlos Apache Tribe of
San Carlos Apache Reservation

-Hopi Tribe
Hopi Nation
-Tonto Apache Tribe
-White Mountain Apache

Fort Apache Reservation
-Yavapai-Apache Tribe of
Camp Verde Reservation
-Yavapai-Prescott Tribes of
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

-Ak Chin O'odham Tribe of
Ak-Chin Indian Community
-Salt River Pima O'Odham Tribe
-Maricopa Tribes
Salt River Indian Community
-Havasupai Tribe of
Havasupai Reservation

-Mojave Tribe
-Chemehuevi Tribe
-Navajo Tribes
Colorado River Reservation (AZ/CA)

-Kaibab Paiute Tribe of
Kaibab Indian Reservation
-San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
on Navajo Nation Tuba City

-CocopahTribe of
Cocopah Reservation
-Quechan Tribe of
Fort Yuma Indian Reservation
-Pascua Yaqui Tribe of
Yaqui Reservation

Southern Ute Reservation (NM)
Ute Mountain Reservation (UT, NM)

Nez Perce Reservation
Fort Hall Reservation
Coeur d'Alene Reservation
Duck Valley Reservation (NV)

Leech Lake Reservation
Red Lake Reservation
White Earth Reservation

Crow Reservation
Blackfeet Reservation
Fort Peck Reservation
Flathead Reservation
Fort Belknap Reservation
Northern Cheyenne Reservation (SD)

Omaha Reservation (IA)

Pyramid Lake Reservation
Walker River Reservation

New Mexico
Jicarilla Apache Reservation
Laguna Pueblo
Mescalero Reservation
Acoma Pueblo
Isleta Pueblo

North Dakota
Fort Berthold Reservation
Spirit Lake Reservation
Sisseton Wahpeton
Standing Rock Reservation (SD)
Lake Traverse Reservation (SD)
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Osage Nation

Warm Springs Reservation

South Dakota
Cheyenne River Indian Reservation
CR Sioux/CR Lakota
Rosebud Reservation
Sicangu Sioux
Pine Ridge Reservation (NE)
Oglala Lakota/Oglala Sioux
Yankton Indian Reservation
Yankton Sioux
Crow Creek Reservation
Lower Brule Reservation

Uintah and Ouray Reservation
Northern Ute

Yakima/Yakama Nation
Colville Nation
Confederate Tribes of Colville
Quinault Reservation

Menominee Reservation

Wind River Reservation
Northern Arapaho/Eastern Shoshone

Immediate Needs

San Carlos USD on the Apache Reservation near Globe, AZ and adjacent to the Tonto National Forest is looking for teachers for the 2016-2017 school year. Needs include: plus many more...
  • Elementary School Teachers at Rice
  • Math Interventionist at San Carlos Secondary
  • Reading Interventionist at San Carlos Secondary
  • Math Teacher at Alternative School

Window Rock USD on the Navajo Nation, bordering AZ and NM, nearest Gallup, NM is looking for teachers for the 2016-2017 school year. Needs including: plus many more...

  • Kindergarten
  • Social Studies Middle School
St. Francis of Assisi School in Lumberton, NM is currently seeking a Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, 4th Grade and a Teacher's Aide for the 2016-2017 School Year. Interested applicants may fill out an application at
St. Francis a small K-8 Catholic school of approximately 100 students. Our population is predominantly Native American, the Jicarilla Apache Tribe in Dulce, NM. We are located in Lumberton, NM, just 3 miles east of Dulce. St. Francis offers a monthly stipend of $700, basic health insurance, community living, and breakfast and lunch with the students when school is in session. Our teachers live in community in two teacher houses. Each teacher has a private bedroom; other amenities are shared. A teaching credential is NOT required. Our school week is 4 days, Monday through Thursday. Fridays are for teacher collaboration, especially in math and reading. Attendance on Fridays, 8 to noon, is required. It is an opportunity to work with experienced teachers and to share ideas and strategies. There is time for individual lesson planning as well. Lumberton is primarily a small ranching community in this beautiful high desert area. We are just 50 miles south of Pagosa Springs, CO, the deepest hot springs known. Often, teachers visit Pagosa on weekends. Farmington, NM is about 90 miles west of Lumberton.

Teaching Information


American Indian and the indigenous populations throughout the United States reside in unique and differing places. Teaching on a reservation can be a life altering experience that will never be forgotten, and often shared. Since 2016, there were 566 tribes “recognized” by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In addition, there are hundreds more in existence which are not categorized. In 2006, the Bureau of Indian Education was restructured to “provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with a tribe’s need for cultural and economic well-being, in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities.” Currently the BIE serves 183 schools in 23 states serving more than 42,000 American Indian students, of these: 58 are BIE operated and 125 are tribally operated under contracts or grants. These may include residential boarding schools in the more remote areas.

  Troops to Teachers Native American Affairs assists participants who desire to teach either with a BIE school or teach within a public school residing on or near a designated reservation, nation, village, rancheria, pueblo, or community with a high population of indigenous students, in attaining necessary teaching credentials, counseling, job preparation and placement. TTTNAA also assists those education entities into locating those participants who meet the each need with the highest qualified, experienced leaders which best fit the qualifications and dynamics of the school, tribe and community.

Applying for a position with a BIE school requires the applicant to go through the BIE hiring process. Applying for a position in a public school requires application through the school or district’s hiring process. In most cases, teacher credentialing is the same for teaching on a reservation as any other school within the state. Those requirements are located on each state’s teacher licensing website. If the applicant can provide documentation of tribal membership, they will be given hiring preference in BIE schools under the Indian Preference Act. Most schools on reservations also quality for Title I funding.

Teaching on a reservation or with American Indian students can bring rewards not found in any other school. Being our nation’s first people, each tribe brings their own unique customs, traditions and dynamics that can only be learned by being entrenched in it. Participants will learn the language, value of family, different beliefs, honor and pride that the Native American people like to share with those who are open to learning. By studying dance, art, music, communication and ties to the earth, one can only be proud of the richness in heritage that continues into each generation. Each tribe, in each state, has their own sense of self with tradition and history that make each special and valued.

Troops to Teachers participants may elect to live on a rural piece of land on the Navajo Nation which now crosses the borders of three states and covers nearly 28,000 square miles, and the nearest grocery store is an hour away, or teach in a school with a higher population of Native American youth outside a smaller reservation in Florida which is just over an acre in size. The landscapes, vastness, peace, culture, tradition, history is not without the challenges found there as well, which come with any other rural school, and it takes a special person to know that this is where they want to be.

                                                      Federally Recognized tribes
The following state-by-state listing of Indian tribes or groups are federally recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), there are currently 566 federally recognized tribes. For more information on federally recognized tribes, click here. The list also includes Indian tribes or groups that are recognized by the states, when the state has established such authority. This acknowledges their status within the state but does not guarantee funding from the state or the federal government. State-recognized Indian tribes are not federally recognized; however, federally recognized tribes may also be state-recognized.

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Florida | Idaho | Iowa | Kansas | Louisiana | Maine | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Oklahoma | Oregon | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Texas | Utah | Virginia Washington | Wisconsin | Wyoming

Useful Links

Web Links
Education Organizations
Alaska Native Knowledge Network – University of Alaska Fairbanks
Federal Indian Law for Alaskan Tribes

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

Arizona Department of Education - Indian Education /

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Center for World Indigenous Studies

First Nations Development Institute

Northern Arizona University:
American Indian/Indigenous Education Resources
American Indian Education Links

NASA Science

National Congress of American Indians

National Indian Education Association

Navajo Curriculum Materials – San Juan School District Media Center

Teachers' Domain – Digital Media for the Classroom and Professional Development
Alaskan Native Perspectives on Earth and Climate

United National Indian Tribal Youth – UNITY

Alliance for Education and Community Development, Inc

American Indian Policy Center

Arizona Native Net – University of Arizona

Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations – NM Highlands University

Center on Innovation & Improvement

Healthy Schools – Funding a local wellness policy

Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development – JFK School of Government Harvard University

Kamahameha Schools – Hawaii

Policy Research Center

Native American or Indigenous Learning Research Pathfinder

Native American Training Institute

Native Wellness Institute

New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education

University of New Mexico – Native American Studies
Other Resources - Digital Education Tools
American Indian Social Studies Curricula – Marquette University Libraries

Anthropology Outreach Office – Smithsonian Institute

Developing and Sustaining Community-Based Participatory Research: A skill building curriculum

Handbook of Federal Indian law – U.S. Government Printing Office

Indigenous Education Institute – Sharing the Skies

Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources

National Center for Educational Statistics – IES U.S. Department of Education

Photographs from Indian Boarding Schools

Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies
American Indian Education Resources – Northern Arizona University

CMMR - Native American Resources

Earth Math – Navajo Nation Studies – The National Science Foundation Indian Country Diaries – PBS Native American Public Telecommunications

Indigenous Evaluation – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC

Institute for Tribal Government – Portland State University

Native Words Native Warriors – National Museum of the American Indian
American Indian Code Talkers

Talking Leaves Job Corps Center

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