Welcome to the Hoquiam School District's Title VI Native Education Program Page!

The Title VI Native Education Program is in place to support students who are American Indian or Alaska Native. In order to qualify for program services your student must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized or state recognized tribe OR have a parent or grandparent that is enrolled. If your child is a member of a terminated tribe or otherwise organized Native group, further documentation is required to determine eligibility. Every child who is interested in participating in the program must have a Title VI 506 Form on file with the district Native Education Liaison whose office is located on the second floor of the library at the high school. The 506 Form can be downloaded from this site, please see PDF file attachment below.

What is Title VI?

This legislation calls for culturally responsive teaching and learning services that supplement and enrich the regular school program. Title VI requires that grantees identify goals or "objectives" for their local project that are (1) based on a needs assessment and (2) developed in an open consultation with parents, teachers, and representatives of Native tribes. Local project objectives could include, for example, increasing American Indian and Alaska Native students' academic achievement, knowledge of cultural identity and awareness, and school attendance. 

This program provides support in:

  • Supplementing existing student support programs and qualifying students for specialized academic services

  • Non-academic support to students, staff who support Native students, and families of Native students (e.g.... placement support, transfers, truancy, discipline, accessing behavioral/mental health and chemical dependency support specifically for American Indian/Alaska Native people)

  • Post-secondary/career guidance 

  • Culturally responsive leadership development 

  • Coordinating and implementing programs and activities to increase awareness and instill pride in American Indian history, traditions, and culture 

Indian Parent Committee 

An important component of this program is the Indian Parent Committee or IPC. For Native Education formula grants it is required that the program be developed and approved by a parent committee. This must include parents and family members of eligible Native children enrolled in the district. For more detailed information on the IPC please download the PDF attached below. 

For any questions or general concerns about the program please contact the district's Native Education Coordinator Sandy Ruiz Greenway via phone at (360) 538-8210 EXT: 3522 or by email at saruiz@hoquiam.net


“What our Seventh Generation will have is a consequence of our actions today.”

Winona Laduke  

   Activist/Author, Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe)


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"Grizzly (bear) Pride, Native style. Hoquiam"

Link Library:

Right to Tribal Regalia Act

Statement and link to House Bill 2551 affirming Native students' right to wear tribal regalia for commencement ceremonies, from the Office of the Superintendent and the Office of Native Education for Washington state.

"Bouncing Back from Setbacks"

A message for Native Youth

So What Exactly Is 'Blood Quantum'?

A brief history and background on blood quantum and how it currently affects different tribes through enrollment, citizenship, and sovereignty. Given by NPR. 

Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State

This site is from the Washington office of the superintendent of public instruction. It provides information on the Since Time Immemorial curriculum that was mandated in 2015 as needing to be taught in our schools with the goal of teaching from a place of inclusion regarding Tribal sovereignty in Washington state. 


Native Land

This is an interactive site that gives information about Tribal lands, treaties, and languages. It can be explored to learn more about territory acknowledgement and the ancestral lands of local tribes. 

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MMIWP Day of Awareness is May 5th


Please join us this year for a community event to raise awareness around MMIWP. Hoquiam Native Ed. will have a table with bracelet kits, coloring pages, and bookmarks, along with program information. See flyer below.


Some Facts on Frybread

We had an event at the middle school in April where we served Indian tacos for the teachers. I took this moment to share some knowledge on the origins of frybread, and its roots in government commodities during Indian removal and the implementation of the reservation system.


Upcoming Events



Native Ed. Class Schedule by School:

HHS: Mondays from 9:05-9:35 am

HMS: Every other Friday during homeroom

Lincoln Elementary: 2nd Wednesday of the month from 11-11:30 am

Central Elementary: Every 4th Wednesday of the month from 8:45-10 am

Emerson Elementary: Every first Monday of the month at 10:00 am

Something to Think About...

The Battle of the Little Bighorn, was it really Custer's Last Stand?

Our most recent Spotlight article examines the Battle of the Little Bighorn, (known as The Battle of the Greasy Grass by the Sioux Nation) from the perspective of the tribes involved and reflects on the importance of taking back the historical narrative.

The following excerpt is from a SDPB Radio interview, please click the link below to listen:

The Heart of All Oral History project is an audio series developed by Little Wound School with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project aims to preserve the oral traditions of the Lakota people and preserve the stories of elders in the community.

In a new episode, Ernie LaPointe reflects on the battle of Greasy Grass, also called the battle of the Little Bighorn. LaPointe is the great-grandson of Sitting Bull. He tells the story of how his ancestors felt following the battle.

Ernie LaPointe reflects on the battle of Greasy Grass

Battle of the Greasy Grass

The Battle of Greasy Grass/The Battle of Little Bighorn, Journey Museum In Rapid City

Native Ed. Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Spotlight on American Indian History

Our Native Education Program is proud to present a new monthly article series, "Spotlight on American Indian History" that highlights important moments and contributions to American history by American Indian and Alaska Native peoples. Please click on the links below for our current and past articles. 

Note: Due to the growth of the program Spotlight articles will now be released quarterly to allow for more time for other program activities/focus.

Qtr. 2, yr. 23-24' Topic: Changing Perspectives: The Battle of the Little Bighorn, June 1876