IE Calendar 2020-21

Public Hearing Notice



MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2020 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.

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Title VI Indian Education Program

Public Forum Scheduled

The Salem Keizer Public Schools Indian Education Program will hold its annual public hearing on December 7, 2020, from 6:30 – 8 PM.  The meeting will take place virtually and requires pre-registration.

We will review the current year’s program, provide information on program performance, and discuss next year’s Title VI grant application. We will also provide an opportunity for attendees to offer comments, openly discuss issues and communicate and clarify the needs of students.


Public Hearing Item:  Title VI Indian Education Program

Attend the Virtual Hearing: Please check back – link will be added soon

Staff Contact:  Flora Gutierrez, Indian Education Program Secretary, or 503-383-1276.


News & Newsletter

AIAN Celebration!

November 20th and 21st 2020

This year we were live, and we were virtual!

We had an awesome time Celebrating our AIAN Culture with some very special guests!

If you missed joining us on CC:Media and online via FB follow the links below to watch the festivities.

Please take a moment while watching to fill out the survey!

 WATCH: Night 1 | Night 2 ! and on CC:Media on Comcast 22 and 322!!

American Indian Alaskan Native Celebration 2020 Poster

Read the latest SKPS Indian Education Quarterly Newsletter!

 A quarterly e-newsletter with information about Salem-Keizer’s Indian Education community.

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Check out the Summer edition of the Indian Education newsletter!

Read the Latest Newsletter

PDF Indian Education Summer Newsletter 2020

Salem-Keizer Public Schools

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**High School Native Clubs**

~Officially Launch!~

Native American Club

Join Your High School's Native Club Now!

High School Students are encouraged to join their High Schools Native Club on Canvas, bulletins and updates from Indian Ed will be shared via Canvas and Remind App and now that charters are completed at each High School, virtual meetings can take place, and organization can begin!! We are very excited to announce the Canvas platform for all Native Clubs, but it really is up to the students to get involved and take it to the next level! Sign in, get on, and get with your team to plan your activities, your Advisors will be there to guide you, and we here at Indian Ed, are here to help every step of the way!

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Academic Coaching

SKPS Indian Education Department will soon launch Academic Coaching to assist in your Comprehensive Distance Learning journey

Academic Coaching will be available most Monday’s and Wednesdays (throughout the school year) from 4 – 6 pm.

To access Academic Coaching, click HERE or on the Canvas logo below.

Sessions are open to help with:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Reading
  • Language Arts
  • Navigating Comprehensive Distance Learning
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Indian Education Summer School

Umatilla Tribe on Columbia River

Click here to watch our story on KGW!!

Salem Keizer Public Schools Indian Education Presents,

“People of the Columbia River”

Virtual Summer Enrichment Program for Indian Education

Students and their families

2020 Program Highlights:

Cultural themes woven through fun learning activities, with a focus on:

Literacy, Math, Science and Geography

Virtual wellness activities, crafting and science labs


Applications will be available in late Spring.

Registration deadline TBA for 2021

As most of you are aware our program along with every other program in the Salem Keizer Public Schools have had to go through enormous changes regarding services, and programming for our Native students across the district. After much painstaking planning and preparation, we are ensuring we carry out the necessary functions of our program to keep our Native kids engaged, and connected to cultural opportunities our program provides through Indian Education Summer School. This year our focus is the Peoples of the Columbia River, this year because of the distance learning factor, we are encouraging families to engage in the activities we are assembling together as a family! So many activities we are putting together are fun for the whole family.


Indian Education Graduation Celebration

2020 Indian Education Virtual Graduation Ceremony

The Indian Education Graduation Celebration 2020 Premiered Live on

Monday, August 3 at 1 p.m. on CCTV Channel 22

Watch Here!

This year is unlike any previous in our lifetime, it has had a tremendous affect on how we do even the most basic things, grocery shopping, holidays, birthdays, anniversary's, so many facets of life once taken for granted. For our families our youth coming of age, becoming young adults, and transitioning from the final phase of high school to finally achieve their graduation. It is no small feat, and it is a coveted celebration that even in this time is no less of value or honor. This achievement is important as a step forward in life, and at Indian Ed it is no less a part of our mission to get our young ones across the finish line. We have worked diligently to give our Native students our honest and best effort to honor this special occasion. We are officially announcing our Distance Virtual Indian Education Graduation for 2020! Please join us in creating this one of a kind event!


Indian Education Program Services

All in person activities are postponed due to the current health crisis.

We WILL be offering many alternatives soon through virtual means. 


Family Enrichment Nights

TBA for 2020-21

Nanich pus Kəmtəks (In Pursuit of Knowledge)

Indian Education provides services for American Indian and Alaska Native students, such as tutoring, college and scholarship information, the Eagle Feather Graduation Celebration, monthly meetings for parents, and a culturally-based academic summer program.Black Feather

Indian Education Services & Resources

Family nights and Tutoring are a regular event held on Thursday evenings.  This Fall, we will hold our meetings at Bush Elementary School, located at 410 14th Street Southeast, Salem.  In February, we will meet at Harritt Elementary School, 2112 Linwood St NW, Salem 97304.  In April, we will meet at Weddle Elementary School located at 1825 Alder Dr NE, Keizer 97303.  Evenings begin with a simple dinner at 6:00 p.m. Classes are from 6:30pm-8:00 p.m, and include activities for students from Pre-K through 12 and adults.  Each evening will end with a book given to each student in attendance.

The Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is a very important part of the Indian Education Program. Parents meet to discuss services for students, plan activities to support special events such as the Eagle Feather Graduation Celebration, and approve the annual federal grant application.

Study hall is available on every Thursday for which activities are scheduled. A secondary math teacher and additional tutors are available to help with homework questions. This is an excellent time to get extra one-on-one help.

Study halls are available throughout the year, at Claggett Creek Middle and Bush Elementary Schools. More information for these study halls are available here:

Study Halls

These classes address topics that help parents build skills and knowledge of resources available to help them with everyday responsibilities. Several different topics are covered during the school year. Presentations include a variety of topics such as solving homework hassles, communication, personal finances, and problem solving.

In May of each year, all Indian Education students who complete high school and earn either a diploma or GED are honored at a Native based celebration. The celebration includes a color guard, a drum, gifting of graduates, and a reception.  Please call our office or email us with any questions.  A registration form can be found in the File Attachments at the end of the website.

Summer School is a three-week program for students in grades 2 through 8. Language arts, math and cultural arts are taught through a Native based social studies theme. One or more field trips support the curriculum content.

Parents can invite Indian Education staff to attend school meetings such as IEP or behavioral meetings.

We have an in depth AI/AN Library, of books written by and about Native Americans at all levels, both fiction and non-fiction available as resources for educators within the district. We also have in limited supply, books we can offer to families from our library to encourage our students to read more!

Important Documentation

506 form online

Although this form IS fillable online, this legal document MUST!!

  • Have a SIGNATURE!
  • Be printed on BOTH sides. (1 Sheet)


  1. Fill out form completely (Must have address of tribal agency)
  2. Print BOTH SIDES (1 Sheet)
  3. Sign
  4. Return to your child's school office manager OR mail to:

Indian Education Program

1309 Ferry St. SE PO Box 12024 Salem, OR. 97309

Covid 19 Update



SKPS Families of Our Native American Community,

Although we are continuing Comprehensive Distance Learning for now, I want you to know our department remains focused on the well-being of our students, and their engagement in school.   We will soon be adding a third Cultural Resource Facilitator to the team with SIA funding, allowing us greater capacity for outreach and support.

Please continue to connect with us by email or phone.  The main line is (503) 399-5512.;;;

As we approach the cold season with county metrics climbing, we encourage you to limit your exposure out in the community.

Be safe.  Be well.


Wendy Roberts

Federal Programs Coordinator Title I,IV,VI, McKinney-Vento | Paulus Administration Center


Resources for food, pantries, food banks.

  • Oregon Food Resources
  • Oregon Food Benefits
  • Marion Polk Food Share
  • SIT Mobile (Basic Needs Delivered)
  • Food Banks and Pantries(Please check availability via phone as some food banks are not open during the emergency.)
  • Food Distribution sites schedule:

    Monday - Chavez -11-1

    Tuesday-Hammond 11-1

    Wednesday- Four Corners 11-1 – this is a “super site” with both perishable and non-perishable foods

    Thursday Keizer Elementary - 11-1

    Thursday - Grab-and-Go Dinner Service for youth ages 1-18 through the Boys & Girls Club will now be distributed at 1105 Front Street NE in the Truitt Bros parking lot on the corner of Market Street and Front Street from 4:30-6:30 pm every Thursday. Learn more:

    Friday - Washington 11-1 – this is a “super site” with both perishable and non-perishable foods

Health and wellness resources.

Crisis Hotlines:

· Psychiatric Crisis Center (PCC) 503-588-5351 or 503-588-5352

· Children’s Behavioral Health Youth &Family Crisis Services: 503-578-4673

· Lines for Life-Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255 or 877-968-8491

Other Community Resources

Contact Us

Karly Foster
Karly FosterCultural Resource Facilitator
Serves all North Salem, McKay, and McNary feeder schools.
Shelby Maerz
Shelby MaerzProgram Assistant, Indian Education
Serves all West Salem feeder schools.