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American Indians

RELs work in partnership with states and districts to 1) conduct original high quality research, 2) provide training, coaching, and technical support, and 3) disseminate high quality research findings on the topic of American Indians. A selected list of resources developed by the REL Program appears below.


  • The Characteristics and Education Outcomes of American Indian Students in Grades 6–12 in North Carolina (REL Southeast, November 2016). The purpose of this study was to compare American Indian students in grades 6–12 in North Carolina to all other students in the same grades both within the same schools and statewide on student demographics, school characteristics, and education outcomes. The North Carolina State Advisory Council on Indian Education requested this research based on a prior report identifying achievement gaps between American Indian students and White students.
  • Where American Indian Students Go to School: Enrollment in Seven Central Region States (REL Central, January 2016). This report provides descriptive information about the location and native language use of schools in the REL Central Region with high enrollment of American Indian students, whether Bureau of Indian Education schools or non–Bureau of Indian Education high-density American Indian schools (schools with 25 percent or more American Indian student enrollment).
  • Partnerships Between Tribal Education Departments and Local Education Agencies (REL Central, February 2012). This report examines nine partnerships between tribal education departments—organizations overseeing American Indian education—and local education agencies. Individual profiles describe how each partnership works, focusing on collaborative activities intended to improve education outcomes for American Indian students.


  • Where American Indian Students Go to School: Enrollment in Seven Central Region States (REL Central). This brief presents descriptive information about schools in the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Central Region that have a high enrollment of American Indian students. The primary purpose is to inform the development of sampling strategies in future research. Specifically, the brief is intended to help educators, policymakers, and researchers plan where to conduct future field-based research on the use of language and culture to support American Indian students' academic success.

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