Are Tribal Compact Schools the Answer to Improving Native Student Success in Washington?

Authors: Teresa Winstead, John Hopkins and Michael Vendiola

Disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, Education, History, Political Science and Public Administration, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology

Themes: Community Development, Cultural Preservation, Education Reform, Federal and State Relations and Policy, Law and Justice, Leadership, Natural Resources, Treaty Rights and Sovereignty, Tribal Governance

Tribes: Lummi, Muckleshoot, Suquamish

This case describes the recent Tribal Compact School movement in Washington State which aims to address persistent issues in the educational experiences of Native students. The case explores the rationale for tribal compact schools and other educational initiatives in Washington and the experience of three tribes—the Suquamish, the Muckleshoot, and the Lummi Tribes—that have established tribal compact schools.