Title VI Indian Education Program

For more information about our Program, Resources, Opportunities, Forms, and more, please scroll to bottom of page. For more upcoming events, click on Upcoming Events tab to the right.

Coming up in Summer 2019

Indian Education Program Summer School

Northeast Tacoma Elementary School

June 24 -26

July 1-3

July 8-9

Field Trips are every Wednesday

June 26th Dash Point State Park: Bring water bottle, light coat, and small bag for collecting plants.

July 3rd Tacoma Art Museum/Museum of History

July 10th Puyallup Tribe of Nations Learning about the Canoe


8:30 Drop off at Northeast Tacoma at Cafeteria for breakfast

9:00 Welcome circle and song or story

9:15-11:00 Stories, vocabulary skills

11:00-11:15 Recess, local Nature Walk

11:15 12:25 Games, Journaling, learning about the Salish sea, songs and ending circle

12:30 Lunch offered at Northeast/ Pick up at front of school with Sack lunch

*Must be enrolled in Tacoma Public Schools and enrolled in the Tacoma Public Schools Indian Education program

*Must be in grades K-5 in fall of 2019-Limited to 25 students

*Register at: https://www.tacomaschools.org/summer-school/Pages/Summer-School-Registration-Form.aspx

Questions: Maura Toohey- mtoohey@Tacoma.K12.Wa.US

Native Education Summer School Newsletter Cover letter 2019.pdf

Indian Education Printable registration form 2019 (002).pdf

FREE Pierce Transit Summer Youth Passes!

Tacoma Public Schools has received a donation of ORCA youth cards from Pierce Transit through the "Find Your Freedom" grant program with the goal of increasing youth bus pass access (see attached brochure). This program provides free ORCA cards, pre-loaded with a $10 fare value, to 8th - 12th grade students across the region. Students are able to utilize these $10 cards over the summer in order to create familiarity with the bus system and as an introduction to the ORCA cards they will be issued in high school.

  • Valid for rides on Pierce Transit buses only.
  • The pass is good from June 1, 2019 - August 31, 2019.
  • $10 fare value.

Contact your school's main office for more information.

ORCA Youth Card Brochure.pdf


Tacoma Sound to Summit Program Dates Crew 1: 6/24-7/26 | Crew 2: 7/29-8/30
Do you want to be a part of something that makes a difference in your own community? Youth Corps Community crews will learn how to build trails, enhance natural habitats, remove invasive species, and develop many other valuable skills while connecting young people to their local and regional community.
The Tacoma Sound to Summit crew will be comprised of 9 youth (15-18) and 2 adult leaders. They will work for five weeks in total. The first four will be working with the city of Tacoma as a youth community program completing a variety of projects. Youth will meet each morning at the crew vehicle which is centrally located in town, complete
somewhere around 6-6.5 hours of work, have one hour of education, and return to the meeting location. The crews’ fifth week will be take them to Mt. Rainier National Park to complete conservation projects, recreate, and learn about natural resources and the outdoors. During this fifth and final week they will camp in the national park the entire time.
Northwest Youth Corps will provide food, transportation, and can help provide additional required camping equipment if needed. This crew’s time together will end in a graduation ceremony in Mt Rainier National Park.
During these five weeks, participants gain real world experience while enhancing their community’s natural environment. Through a focus on local projects, members will become more connected and invested with the area in which they live and can take pride in the benefits they create for their neighborhood. In their experience at Mt Rainier these young people will be exposed to one of the country’s most iconic national parks. During this time they will learn about our nation’s history of public lands and will complete service projects to benefit the park.
Benefits: $250 per week and up to $50 per week in bonuses + earn school credit
for Ages 15-18 in Tacoma, WA
NWYouthCorps .org
(541) 349-5055
NYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer


2018 Sound to Summit Final Report.pdf

MESA Washington STEM Summer Camps 2019

Application Deadline - June 21st, 2019

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2019 MESA STEM Boot Camp Series

“Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators”

This summer for the first time MESA is offering a series of one-week summer camps for middle school students covering STEM topics, such as

Engineering, Gaming, Aeronauticsand Robotics. The summer camp is designed to focus on four STEM topics and will be held in four different locations.

 Each camp will serve 25 students. Students will be allowed to participate in one camp only, Monday through Friday, with a topical field trip each Friday.

Who can attend: The camps are designed for middle school students. Students must be entering or attending middle school in the 2019/20 school 

year (ages 11-14).

How much will the camps cost: The camp is free and open to middle school students only.

MESA STEM Summer Camp schedule is as follows:
Each camp will be held 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, with the exception of Camp 4 which is an evening camp and will be held 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm with a day

field trip on Friday August 9th. Camps will include snacks.

  • July 8th – 12th: Aeronautics, Tacoma Community College
  • July 22nd – 26th: Gaming, Baker Middle School
  • July 29th – August 2nd: Robotics, Grey Middle School
  • August 5th – 9th: Engineering, Graduate Tacoma (Note: this is an evening camp and will be held 5:30 – 8:30 pm)

How to Apply: Each camp will be limited to 25 students and placement is offered on a first-come first served basis. To apply, please visit the Tacoma

MESA website at summer.tacomamesa.com. Here you will find additional program information and the application. You will have the opportunity to 

submit the application on line or you can print and send to the MESA Program Office.

For more information - http://summer.tacomamesa.com/

Coming up in May 2019

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Native Student Success Summit Day Hosted by Highline College

Thursday, May 2, 2019 

This free event for students is designed to inspire and empower high school students to be successful in higher education and beyond. This event is for current Native high school students. The Indian Education program will provide a bus and chaperones for this event that will depart from Madison Complex on the morning of the event. Parents are responsible for transporting their child to Madison for pickup and drop-off after the event.

Agenda: Native Students Success Summit 2019 Agenda.pdf

  •      Submit a pre-approved excused absence request to your child’s high school to be approved by the principal. Call your child’s high school main office for information on preapproved absence.
  •      RSVP with the TPS Indian Education Program to Liz Leines 253-571-1820 before April 26, 2019 and we will pre-register your child for the event. No need for you to do so.  35 seats are available on the bus.  First to sign up will have priority.
  •      Parents must provide drop-off and pick-up transportation to Madison Complex on day of event.
  •      Parents must sign their child in at drop-off and sign their child out at pick-up.
Event: Highline College Native Student Success Summit 
     - Bus will leave Madison Complex - 3111 S. 43rd St. Tacoma WA, 98422 at 7:30 a.m. for Highline
       College in Des Moines, WA.
     - Bus will return to Madison Complex at approximately 1:45 to 2:00 p.m.
     - Light breakfast and lunch will be provided 

FWPS Native Education Drum Circle - Led by Ray Kingfisher (Northern Cheyenne)

Every Wednesday, April 17 - June 12, 2019
6:30  pm - 8:00 pm at Truman Campus
31455 28th Ave S
Federal Way, WA  98003

Everyone is invited
Light refreshments provided
For more information please contact:
Amanda Rambayon
Native Education Coordinator 

Native American Student Day - University of Washington - Friday, May 10, 2019

Native American Student Day is one-day conference for American Indian/Alaska Native high school students who are interested in attending the University of Washington Seattle. NASD was created to encourage Native students to pursue higher education as well as give them the opportunity to experience the UW.
Location:  Intellectual House
Time: 9 - 4

Register online at depts.washington.edu/reach/

*This event is not a Tacoma Public Schools event and no transportation will be provided.

Flyer - NASD.pdf

College Fair at Tacoma Rainiers and Cheney Stadium - May 23, 2019

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Coming up in April 2019

13th Annual Powwow - Please join Tacoma Community College & Tacoma Public Schools' Indian Education Program at our 13th Annual Powwow, and honoring our community and celebrating our graduates.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Grand Entry at 4:00 p.m.

(Tacoma high school seniors in our Indian Education Program will be recognized shortly after 3:00 p.m.  Seniors should arrive by 2:30 p.m.)

Located in: Building 20, Gym, Tacoma Community College, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98466

To become a vendor, contact: Daniel Garcia: 253-566-6052, DGarcia@tacomacc.edu

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Coming up in March 2019

Family Gathering Potluck, Craft, & Dance Night

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dance practice from 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Potluck and Craft from 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Madison Complex

3111 S. 43rd St., Tacoma, WA 98409

In lieu of the canceled Indian Education family gathering in February due to snow, we would like to invite everyone to attend the Surprise Lake Middle School Powwow hosted by the Fife Indian Education program on Friday March 1st.  Our cultural consultant Angelina Nockai and PAC member Taralee Ellis will be informally hosting. Our dance group will be participating in this event as well. We hope you can make it. 

Fife Powwow 2019.jpgPOWWOW at Surprise Lake Middle School - Public is Welcome

Friday, March 1, 2019

Grand Entry 7:00 pm

All Drums & Dancers Welcome

Surprise Lake Middle School, 2001 Milton Way, Milton, WA 98354

Vendors please contact: Martha Sherman 253-517-1000, Ext. 25103

March Family Gathering Potluck, Craft, & Dance Night


  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019


  • Dance Practice - 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Family Gathering and Craft - 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Madison Complex, 3111 S. 43rd St., Tacoma, WA 98409
Questions?  Please call David Syth at 253-571-1846

Coming up in February 2019

Family Gathering Potluck, Craft, & Dance Night (CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)


  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)


  • Dance Practice - 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Family Gathering and Craft - 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Madison Complex, 3111 S. 43rd St., Tacoma, WA 98409
Questions?  Please call David Syth at 253-571-1846

Coming up in February 2019

Senior Info Night - CANCELLED! The Senior Info night WILL NOT be taking place tonight, Thursday, February 28, 2019.  We apologize for the late notice of cancellation.  This event will be rescheduled.  Thursday, February 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


The TPS Indian Education Program SENIOR INFO NIGHT - 

Seniors and Juniors (and parents/guardians) who are enrolled in the TPS Indian Education Program are encouraged to attend.

Learn about Native American scholarships and grants opportunities as well as other scholarships,  local college information, higher education information, senior/junior checklists for graduation, Indian Education Program Celebration 2019, FAFSA, and MORE!

Featured speakers -  Tacoma Community College, Graduate Tacoma, & University of Washington Tacoma

A light meal will be provided.

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

CANCELLED! The Senior Info night WILL NOT be taking place tonight, Thursday, February 28, 2019.  We apologize for the late notice of cancellation.  This event will be rescheduled.

Location - Madison Complex, 3111 South 43rd St., Tacoma, WA 98409

Questions?  Contact David Syth at 253-571-1846

Coming up in December...

Tacoma Public Schools Indian Education Program December Ham Giveaway!*

When: Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Where: Madison Complex, 3111 S. 43rd St., Tacoma, WA 98409

Please RSVP to Myrna Fisher by Thursday, December 13 by 3:00p.m. - 253-571-1878.

*Students must be currently enrolled in both Tacoma Public Schools and the TPS Indian Education Program.  Ham must be picked up by student's parent or guardian on file.  One ham per family.December Ham Giveaway Flier 2018.jpgDecember Ham Giveaway - Full Size FlierDecember Ham Giveaway 2018.pdf


Food Voucher Program Mailer 2018 12-7-18 (004) (002).pdf

Food Voucher Income Guideline 2018.pdf

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


4301 South Pine Street, Suite 400

Tacoma, WA 98409


  • You MUST bring a Tribal ID
  • You MUST bring proof of income; even if you have received food vouchers in the past.
  • This event is open to TANF clients and tribal community members, except those from Alaska and/or Canada and Western Washington Tribes.
  • In order to receive this voucher, you must be income eligible.

Our DRUM PAINTING event was a huge success!

Our Tacoma Public Schools Indian Education Program November DRUM PAINTING EVENT was a huge success!  We had over 100 students, parents, and extended family attend.  The students created some great looking drums.  We had dinner both nights and some great family time for all!  

Thank you to all of the families who attended and the parents who volunteered to lead activities.  This was a wonderful family bonding event.

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Native Families Receive Turkey for Thanksgiving Holiday

Turkeys were handed out to TPS Indian Education Program families for the Thanksgiving holidays. 100+ birds were distributed on November 19th and 20th . It is great to be able to assist families during the holidays. Our heartfelt thank you goes out to the Puyallup Tribe and their support of the TPS Indian Education program and the events and food that we are able to provide.

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Turkeys all bagged up and ready to distribute to our families.

LOGO.jpgThe mission of the Indian Education Program is to meet the ​unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) so that these students can achieve to the same challenging state standards as all students. The Indian Education Program is committed to connecting families of Native American students with culture, community and education.

Thank you to the Puyallup Tribe of Indians for your support.