Native Education Program (Title VI)

  • pow wow Yelm Community Schools' Native Education Program is funded by a formula grant from the Office of Native Education under the Department of Education (Title VI of the Every Student Succeeds Act), Impact Aid, and Nisqually Tribe Johnson O'Malley Funds.

    Native Education Liaison, Sandra Gordon
    YHS Main Office (360) 458-7777
    YHS Fax (360) 458-6198
    Email sgordon@ycs.wednet.edu
    **Email is preferred method of contact**

    Native Education Links
    OSPI Office of Native Education Resources
    Smithsonian's Native Knowledge 360

Program Services

    • Advocacy for students and parents in all school related matters
    • Free school supplies, education related financial assistance, and social services referrals
    • Native culture lessons and activities coordination
    • Native American Youth Leadership Academy (9-12 grade)
    • Assistance with academic support and attendance monitoring
    • College/career exploration and access to Native scholarships
    • Consult with parents of Native children and local tribal officials in the development of YCS education programs and activities

Program Goals

    • To improve attendance and academic success of Native students
    • Encourage self-identity and cultural pride in Native Students
    • Build staff awareness about cultural values/contemporary issues relevant to Native students
    • Increase post-secondary options through Native focused college and career readiness activities
    • Integrate Native culture lessons and activities for students, teachers, and families
    • Increase parental participation in program and school activities

Title VI ED 506

  • Students must be enrolled in Yelm Community Schools and parents/guardians must complete a Title VI Student Eligibility Certification Form (ED Form 506) to receive program benefits and services. Forms may be obtained from your child's school, this link Title VI ED 506 Form, or an email request to Title VI Native Education Program office.
    The following information must be included in the form for EACH eligible child:

    • Student name and birthdate (as listed in school records)
    • Name of Federally recognized Tribe or Alaskan Village/Corporation
    • Tribal Enrollment number or copy of enrollment card
    • Name of Tribal member (child, child's natural parent, or natural grandparent)
    • Parent or guardian signature and date

    Title VI ED 506 Form Instructions for Parent/Guardians:
    Definitions: Indian means an individual who is (1) A member of an Indian Tribe or Band, as membership is defined by the Indian Tribe or Band, including any Tribe or Band terminated since 1940, and any Tribe or Band recognized by the State in which the Tribe or Band resides; (2) A descendant of a parent or grandparent who meets the requirements described in paragraph (1) of this definition; (3) Considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose; (4) An Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native; or (5) A member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect on October 19, 1994.
    Student Information: Write the name of the child, date of birth, grade level, name of school and school district. Only name one child per form.
    Tribal Membership: Write the name of the individual with the tribal membership, if it is not the child listed. Only one name is needed for this section, even though multiple persons may have tribal membership. Select only one identifier: the child, child’s parent or grandparent, for whom you can provide membership information. Write the name and address of the organization that maintains updated and accurate membership data for such Tribe or Band of Indians. The name does not need to be the official name as it appears exactly on the Department of Interior’s list of federally recognized Tribes, but the name must be recognizable and be of sufficient detail to permit verification of the eligibility of the Tribe. Check only one box indicated whether it is a Federally Recognized, State Recognized, Terminated Tribe or Organized Indian Group. Write the enrollment number establishing the membership for the child, parent or grandparent, if readily available, or other evidence of membership.
    Attestation Statement: Provide the printed name of parent/guardian and signature, address, phone number and email of the parent or guardian of the child. The signature of the parent or guardian of the child verifies the accuracy of the information supplied.
    Paperwork Burden Statement: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this information collection is 1810-0021. The time required to complete this portion of the information collection per type of respondent is estimated to average: 15 minutes per Indian student certification (ED 506) form; including the time to review instructions, search existing data resources, gather the data needed, and complete and review the information collection. If you have any comments concerning the accuracy of the time estimate(s) or suggestions for improving this form, please write to: U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202-4651. If you have comments or concerns regarding the status of your individual submission of this form, write directly to: Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., LBJ/Room 3W238, Washington, D.C. 20202-6335

    If you have any questions about ED Form 506, need assistance in completing this form, or have questions about Tribes, Bands or Organized Indian Groups, please contact Native Education Liaison Sandra Gordon by email sgordon@ycs.wednet.edu