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that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career
as teachers in public schools where their skills,
knowledge and experience are most needed.

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Information about Jobs on an Indian Reservation as a Teacher

Jobs Available on Reservation NOW!

New Mexico:

Gallup-McKinley County Schools
"We are a small school (125 students) – 100% Navajo – 100% Free Meals on the eastern edge of the Navajo Nation.
Applicants can also contact Brian Staples - Principal, directly at 505.721.5520 or

Jobs at AZ BIA Schools

English (Teec Nos Pos)
SPED (Teec Nos Pos)
Math (Teec Nos Pos)
Elementary (Teec Nos Pos)
Kindergarten (Teec Nos Pos)
Substitute (Teec Nos Pos)

Navajo Nation Job Postings
BIA National Jobs
Window Rock Unified Jobs
Indian Affairs Job Vacancy Announcements

Teacher Loan Forgiveness

If you are a teacher and also a new borrower (i.e., you did not have an outstanding balance on a Direct Loan or FFEL Program loan on Oct. 1, 1998, or on the date you obtained a Direct Loan or FFEL Program loan after Oct. 1, 1998) and have been teaching full-time in a low-income elementary or secondary school or educational service agency for five consecutive years, you may be able to have as much as $17,500 of your subsidized or unsubsidized loans forgiven. Your PLUS loans cannot be included. For more information, go to Teacher Loan Forgiveness. If you have a Federal Perkins Loan, see Perkins Loan Cancellation for teacher cancellation in that loan program.

Teaching Information

       Teaching on a Reservation can be rewarding  but also there are issues that the prospective teacher    must be ready to deal with. Many of these are cultural issues and a lack of support from parents. Similar to what teachers face in inner city schools. Poverty on a Reservation for the non native visiting the Reservation for the first time can be a cultural shock. Distances are vast. As an example, it is a six hour drive from Phoenix to Window Rock on the Navajo Reservation.  Also on many reservations there is a lack of housing. Many returning veterans who entered service from
the Reservation and desire to return have less of a problem because they either already have housing on the Reservation or can stay with family until housing becomes available. Also keep in mind for non-native troops to teacher candidates desiring to teach  in Native Schools  their is an Indian Preference clause.Having said all of this, many non Indians teach on the Reservation and many have made a career of teaching Indian children for twenty years are more.I have met teachers on the Navajo Reservation 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. 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, here 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. I believe that the Navajo Nation has its own schools and you'd apply for those through the Navajo Nation. In these schools Indian preference probably does apply. 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. Indian preference applies to BIA schools If you're interested in a mission school, you'd contact the school directly to find out what their hiring procedures are. I'm aware of several mission schools located on reservations in South Dakota.

     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.

Native American Affairs

Troops to Teachers National Native American Outreach Region Director, Colonel (Ret.) Joey Strickland, has been named to assist and help with job placement on as many as three hundred reservations across the United States. He will work cohesively with Troops to Teachers State Directors in seeing that the candidates licensing requirements and those requirements stipulated by individual reservations are met. Strickland, who is American Indian of Choctaw-Hispanic descent, also served as Louisiana Director of Indian Affairs from 1996 to 2004. In May 1995, and was selected from 80 candidates to serve as Louisiana State Director of Troops to Teachers as a member of the Louisiana Governor’s personal staff.  Col. Strickland served as Director of the Louisiana State office of Troops to Teachers, from 1995 until 1998 where he was able to establish an alternative certification program. Col. Strickland became Director of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Strickland most recently retired after five years as the head the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services after serving more than 10 years as the Deputy Secretary and Executive Director of the Louisiana Department of Veterans.

“I am very excited and happy to be back with Troops to Teachers. I have kept up with former Troops to Teachers Chief, Dr. John Gantz and Regional Director Colonel Joe Morgan, as well as the current TTT Chief, Mr. Bill McAleer,” says Strickland. “Joey Strickland will bring great leadership ability to an area that has been greatly under-served by our organization. His efforts will no doubt bring military veterans into the classrooms in ever increasing numbers,” says Colonel Morgan.

“Being of Native American heritage, it was always a goal of mine to help bring Troops to Teachers to Native American veterans and provide them the same opportunity in reservation schools. It is a known fact that after completion of their military service many Indian veterans return to their reservations. There is usually a shortage of non-Indian teachers on the reservations because of housing shortages and isolation. I see my role as the POC for Indian veterans desiring to be teachers through the Troops to Teachers Program. Presenting weekly on Reservations will give me the opportunity to educate potential candidates, principals, superintendents and Indian leadership about the benefits of hiring military veterans who will be wonderful role models within the Troops to Teachers program. My duties will also include educating national Indian organizations (NCAI, USET) on Troops to Teachers, as well as speaking to and about native colleges and universities who may desire to create alternative certification programs for those who wish to “proudly serve again.”

For information on get licensure requirements or information on teaching on one of our nations reservations, please contact
Mr. Strickland,  email


Useful Links

Web Links
Education Organizations
Alaska Native Knowledge Network – University of Alaska Fairbanks

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.

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