About STI

STI is…

  • Collaborative: Our curriculum encourages participation with local tribes. Our goal is to teach WITH tribes, rather than about them.
  • Reliable & Adaptable: STI begins with providing a basic framework of Indian history and understanding of tribal sovereignty.  As teachers become more familiar with the content, they can choose to adapt these lessons to better reflect the specific histories of their local tribal and nontribal communities.
  • Aligned: STI is aligned to Washington State social studies Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) and National Common Core State Standards, adopted by Washington State
  • Easy to Access: EVERYTHING is online and available.
  • Free: Yes, this includes the videos, too!

About OSPI

OSPI – Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Office of Native Education

Our curriculum has been a true collaboration between many stakeholders within our Washington State. Our goal is to provide everyone’s schools, students, Tribes, and communities with the resources that will enable them to have a better understanding of the numerous Tribes that are the foundation of Washington and the continuous contributions they make in the development of our state and your local communities.

We believe that everything starts with relationships: the relationship we have with our environment, families, colleagues, communities and each other. Through this relationships building comes trust and through trust comes positive actions for our students and communities. We encourage you to use our curriculum and share it with others. It’s easy, free and a click away. Please contact our office if you have any questions or if you would like to make contributions.

Our Mission

 To provide Leadership, technical assistance, and advocacy to promote academic success for all students. We encourage, promote and develop strategies to infuse the teaching of Native history, culture, language, and government in Washington’s schools.

Our Vision

Indian education dates back to a time when all children were identified as gifted and talented. Each child had a skill and ability that would contribute to the health and vitality of the community. Everyone in the community helped to identify and cultivate these skills and abilities. The elders were entrusted to oversee this sacred act of knowledge being shared. That is our vision for Indian education today.

“From Where the Sun Rises”

Addressing the Educational Achievement of Native Americans in Washington State