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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


Teaching in Alaska
List of District Websites

Navajo Nation
Tohono O'odham Nation
Hopi Nation
Fort Apache Reservation
White Mountain Apache
San Carlos Reservation
Hualapai Reservation
Gila River Reservation
Colorado River Reservation (CA)
Zuni Pueblo (NM)

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

Teaching Information

       Teaching on a Reservation can be rewarding  but also there are issues that the prospective teacher must be ready to deal with similar to what teachers face in inner city schools. Distances can be vast. As an example, it is a six hour drive from Phoenix to Window Rock on the Navajo Reservation, which covers four larger western states.  On many reservations there is a lack of housing choice, though many remote locations offer housing to teachers to help with the commute.

If a participant can claim tribal affiliation, then under the Federal Indian Preference Act, they do have priority over equally qualified candidates for the same position in BIE funded schools. Many non identified Indians have chosen to teach on the Reservation and many have made a rewarding career of teaching Indian children for twenty years are more. There are teachers there now who would not think of teaching anywhere else. For the returning veteran who desires to teach on the Reservation it is an opportunity to give back to the Tribe, to share the wealth of knowledge he/she has gained in military service.
       There are different types of schools on reservations: Public, Tribal, BIA and Mission. These including boarding schools in some states as well. Depending on the type of school you're interested in, the steps will be different. If you're interested in a public school then you'd go through the school district that oversees the school. For example, in Nevada, the school on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation is part of the Elko County School District. The school on the Walker River Paiute Reservation is part of the Mineral County School District. There is no Indian preference in public schools. If you're interested in a tribal school, you'd apply through the tribe. The Navajo Nation has its own schools and you'd apply for those through the Navajo Nation. If you're interested in a BIA school, you'd apply through the BIA. Pyramid Lake High School is a BIA school where you can apply for positions through the BIA or the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. If you're interested in a mission school, you'd contact the school directly, through their HR department to find out what their hiring procedures are. Be patient when it comes to time. Many tribes operate on their schedules and one's immediacy is not another's immediacy.

     In regards to certification, if the school receives federal funding, teachers must be "highly qualified" per NCLB. Emergency certification procedures will vary depending on the type of school (public, tribal, BIA, mission, etc.), the state where the school is located and the school itself. You will contact the Troops to Teachers state office, where that tribe or reservation is located to clarify that need in regards to public school emergency certification procedures.

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

News from Indian Country


Navajo studentsThe team set foot on the flat top of the mesa overlooking the Navajo reservation. They prayed for the local church, then for the surrounding community. Afterward, they each picked up a rock as a symbol of their prayer and set it on top of the pile where many other visitors had laid rocks before them. The team then made the rocky drive back down the side of the mesa – in a church van.
Read  more from Ian Richardson

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James Yeager
# James Yeager
Sunday, December 15, 2013 1:06 PM
I am in the US Army and will Retire in 2016. I am married to a Navajo Woman from Naschitti. We are going to live in Naschitti when I retire and I am looking to be an High School teacher. I am wondering what are the qualifications to be a teacher on the Reservation. I am not Native and I already have an Associates Degree in Architectural Drafting.
Than you for your time.
# khiebert
Sunday, December 15, 2013 4:35 PM
Thank you Mr. Yeager. I have forwarded your request to Mr. Joey Strickland, our National Director of Indian Affairs at

Feel free to contact him as well.
# Charity
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 6:18 PM
I am a foreign teacher and I love to share all my knowledge and expertise with children,I am certified special education and music teacher. I'd like to know if you hire and sponsor foreign tee .achers like me.
# khiebert
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 7:28 PM
Thank you Mr. Charity, I have forwarded your request to Mr. Joey Strickland, our National Director of Indian Affairs at
Eileen N
Saturday, February 06, 2016 6:35 PM
Thank you for sharing knowledge about the Navajo. It is inspiring to see positive news on the Internet about the Dineh.
# khiebert
Monday, February 08, 2016 10:40 AM
Thank you for your support Eileen

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