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)


David Behrens,  "Original Founding Fathers" 2006

David Behrens, "Original Founding Fathers" 2006

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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See link below for article from WeRNative on scholarship preparation.

6 Tips for Applying for Scholarships


Scholarship Opportunities


November is National Native American Heritage Month!


New Native Ed. Logo is Here!

new logo

We finally have our program logo up and running! We are representing with the Quinault language. Translation: "Grizzly (bear) Pride, Native Style. Hoquiam." This was an incredible undertaking for the program and our students.

Upcoming Events

Three Sisters Harvest Celebration is Nov. 14th

3 sisters

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: Upcoming

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

Something to Think About...

The victims of the Osage "Reign of Terror" during the 1920s are calling out for justice. How their stories are being retold today through print and film.

Our most recent "Spotlight" issue discusses the Osage "Reign of Terror" that took place in the early 1920s. When oil was discovered beneath the Osage reservation tribal members became overnight millionaires as well as targets for their wealth. The release of Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann as well as a film of the same name has brought the Osage' need for justice back into the media.

The following PBS short film gives a historical overview of what happened to the Osage.“The Osage Murders” is a historical documentary focusing on the events that occurred on the Osage reservation in the 1920s.

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. 1, yr. 23-24' Topic: The Osage Reign of Terror: Murder, Oil, and a Scorsese Movie