NIEA Consultation Guides
“True consensus is built through talking, listening, and considering different ideas until a new understanding takes place, and the decision makers come to ‘one mind’ about what to do.”
-Norma General, Elder of the Wolf Clan, Cayuga Nation
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states and school districts must engage in meaningful consultation with tribes as it relates to implementing ESSA. NIEA has developed the following three guides to serve as resources for states and districts to learn and implement best practices when engaging in tribal consultation.
In Section 1111 of ESSA, tribal consultation in the development of state plans is a requirement. In order to create awareness and capitalize on the addition of this important provision, NIEA developed the first of its three guide series on effective tribal consultation practices.
The first guide provides an overview of best practices in tribal consultation for states and advocates.
Under ESSA, in Section 8538, otherwise called Consultation with Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations, districts are required to consult with appointed tribal representatives in the development of district plans. This provision applies to districts that receive more than $40,000 for Title VI or have over 50 percent American Indian student enrollment.
This guide provides an introduction to tribal consultation requirements for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in ESSA.
Evaluation of tribal consultation at the state and district level is critical to assess the effectiveness of these processes and to hold stakeholders accountable.
This guide provides a brief introduction on how to evaluate state and local plans under ESSA.