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January 1, 2013

Tribal sovereignty curriculum available to Washington school districts
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Washington: Washington State has adopted a tribal sovereignty curriculum and is making it available to the state's school districts.

Since Time Immemorial covers the history, culture and governments of tribes across America with a focus on Washington Tribes. It was created and funded by OPSI, private and public agencies, and several of the 29 Federally Recognized Tribes in Washington State.

All 29 tribes have endorsed its importance and use.

Washington's Indian Tribes 
**Pending Federal Recognition
CHEHALIS CONFEDERATED TRIBES
CHINOOK TRIBE**
COLVILLE CONFEDERATED TRIBES
COWLITZ INDIAN TRIBE
DUWAMISH TRIBE**
HOH TRIBE
JAMESTOWN SíKLALLAM TRIBE
KALISPEL TRIBE
KIKIALLUS INDIAN NATION**
LOWER ELWHA KLALLAM TRIBE
LUMMI NATION
MAKAH TRIBE
MARIETTA BAND OF NOOKSACK TRIBE**
MUCKLESHOOT TRIBE
NISQUALLY TRIBE
NOOKSACK TRIBE
PORT GAMBLE SíKLALLAM TRIBE
PUYALLUP TRIBE
QUILEUTE TRIBE
QUINAULT NATION
SAMISH NATION
SAUK-SUIATTLE TRIBE
SHOALWATER BAY TRIBE
SKOKOMISH TRIBE
SNOHOMISH TRIBE**
SNOQUALMIE TRIBE
SNOQUALMOO TRIBE**
SPOKANE TRIBE
SQUAXIN ISLAND TRIBE
STEILACOOM TRIBE**
STILLAGUAMISH TRIBE
SUQUAMISH TRIBE
SWINOMISH TRIBE
TULALIP TRIBES
UPPER SKAGIT TRIBE
YAKAMA NATION

For the past seven years, tribes across the state have worked with educators to develop the curriculum. Also covered are the treaties between Northwestern tribes and the U.S. government, and how traditional hunting, fishing and food gathering rights in their original territories were reserved.

Heritage University in Toppenish plans to incorporate Since Time Immemorial into its indigenous studies program.

"We want to retain and respond to our native students and we want them to feel a sense of belonging at our university," said Winona Wynn, who will head the program next year.


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