Native American Education

LCSD Title VI: Indian Education

Title VI Indian Education is a federally-funded program through the Lincoln County School District that has served Native students grades kindergarten through 12 since 1975. Students from tribes of Alaska and the U.S. are included (yes, there are Natives in Canada and Mexico but they aren’t covered by this program, with certain exceptions). In order to be served, parents need to fill out an Indian Education Enrollment Form for each of their Native children in school and submit it to their school. You only need to fill it out once for the student’s entire school career.

Indian Education Enrollment 506 form

Online Tribal Directory
National Congress of American Indians

Contact Information

Majalise Tolan
Secondary Teaching and Learning Administrator

Email: majalise.tolan@lincoln.k12.or.us
Phone: 541-265-4410

Felisha Howell
Specialist for Toledo, Waldport, Siletz, and Eddyville Schools

Email: felisha.howell@lincoln.k12.or.us
Phone: 541-265-9281, ex. 247

Scholarship Links

Everyone needs to fill out this: The FAFSA, an application for federal student aid, is the first step. Apply for a PIN ahead of time (student and parent both apply, get different numbers which will be linked. Write it down somewhere as you will use it all through college.) Submit it, using last year’s tax info if you must, as early in January as possible. Put in this year’s tax info later, once it’s completed.

FAFSA Website

Wide-ranging search sites and explanations of types of aid: On these sites, try searching for “Native American”, “American Indian”, “diversity” or “minority” to get scholarships that are more specifically aimed at Indian students.

 

Minority and Underrepresented Student Scholarships:

Tribal Higher Ed. Support: for any tribally based scholarships, the student needs to first fill out the FAFSA and submit it to the federal government. Students are well-advised to seek out whatever scholarships they qualify for in addition to tribal money, as there are always more expenses than will be covered. All tribally-based scholarships require that the student themselves be an enrolled tribal member.

  • Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma tribal members
    Generally, any tribal member applying who also qualifies for a PELL grant & who lives out of Oklahoma will get tribal support of $1,000 per semester for which the student must offer community service of 1 hour/$100 of aid.
  • Siletz tribal members
    The Tribe will cover, for an in-state public institution, tuition, fees, books & supplies or the unmet need, whichever is less, after the student has applied for federal and school aid.

Scholarships worth looking at:

Oregon colleges’ own financial aid:

Researching Indian Heritage

These are some helpful websites for researching Indian ancestry. They are all free.

  • Cyndi’s list for genealogy sites
  • Rootsweb is the free branch of ancestry.com
  • Family search gives the 1880 census and the Social Security Death Index for free. It also will give information about your local Family History Center where they have helpful volunteers & access to ancestry.com and many microfilms, also for free.
  • Access genealogy has many helpful sites for Indian ancestry
  • US gennet is a massive volunteer genealogy data project arranged primarily by state but also by topic
  • Although not specific to Indians, many families will be interested to know their connection to the Civil War. Military unit will be given when you search by name. Indian soldiers’ units were often designated as “colored”, though Indians also served in white units.
  • Government land records
  • Burial records can help find dates and names for a family tree. Here are two sources of cemetery records: http://www.findagrave.com/ and http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/
  • All of the US census records are on microfilm and available to study for free at the Seattle national archives. There’s also lots of Indian family information there, too, such as Indian school enrollment records.
  • You’ll often want to look at the birth or death certificate for family surnames & places of birth/death, as well as needing these documents to prove descendancy from an enrolled tribal member. This site will give you the information for how to order them.
  • Funeral directors collect the same information that death certificates have (except cause of death usually), and they are often helpful without fees if you call them. A published obituary can tell you who handled the funeral, and a call to the funeral director may give you the name of surviving family members, name of parents, etc. If you know the place of death, try the directors in the area. Neither is a complete listing. http://www.usafuneralhomesonline.com/state-directory.html or http://www.funeralhomesguide.com/

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