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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



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. 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.

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

A friend recently emailed as my old school district is in need of many teachers for next year.  Let me just say this:  I. Loved. This. District.  Since I love a good list, here's why {cool} teachers should consider teaching for Kayenta Unified School District in very northern Arizona. Read the list at

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John Mylius
# John Mylius
Monday, March 03, 2014 8:10 PM
I would like a list of all the high schools on the Navajo (Dine') Reservation. Thanks.
# khiebert
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 9:27 AM
Thank you Mr. Mylius, Mr. Stickland will contact you shortly.

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