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REL Northwest Event: Strategies to Improve the Identification of American Indian/Alaska Native Students in Educational Systems
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October 5, 2017

Time: 3:45–5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Location: National Indian Education Association’s Annual Convention in Orlando, FL (Caribe Royale | Resort, Curacao 2 room)

Description: Guidelines for reporting American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students can result in inaccurate counts and reporting at all levels of an educational system, often leading to dramatic fluctuations in AI/AN student counts. We will provide an overview of the issue and strategies for improving accuracy at the state and local levels. The presentation will also include an interactive discussion to help develop a unified agenda for addressing the issue on a national level.

Partnership or Research Alliance: Northwest Tribal Educators Alliance

Audience: K–12 districts, state education agencies, higher education institutions, and district Title VI Indian education offices


  • Patricia Whitefoot, Toppenish School District (WA)
  • Michael Vendiola, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Sara Marie Ortiz, Highline Public Schools (WA)
  • Faith Price, Washington State University-Pullman Native American Programs
  • Laura R. John, REL Northwest at Education Northwest

Report Citation: Obscured Identities: Improving the Accuracy of Identification of American Indian and Alaska Native Students

Laura John
(503) 275-9625
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