Overview of HB 1495

The Story of HB 1495

2005 House Bill 1495: Requiring that Washington’s tribal history be taught in the common schools

  • Introduced by Rep. John McCoy, (D-Tulalip) (D) on January 26, 2005, to require school districts to offer Washington state and United States history as well as tribally and district-approved history and culture curricula of a federally recognized Indian tribe whose reservation sits within the boundaries of that school district. See companion SB 5655.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on January 26, 2005.
    • Substitute offered to the House Education Committee on March 1, 2005, to require information about tribal history, culture, and government to be included only in the half-credit Washington State history course for high school graduation. A teacher does not have to be approved by a tribe in order to teach the history and culture curriculum of the tribe.
    • The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 9, 2005.
    • Referred to the House Rules Committee on March 2, 2005.
  • Passed 78 to 18 in the House on March 9, 2005, to require Washington’s Indian tribal history to be taught in the common schools.
    Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”
  • Received in the Senate on March 10, 2005.
    • Referred to the Senate Early Learning, K-12 and Higher Education Committee on March 10, 2005.
    • Amendment offered to the Senate on April 1, 2005, by the Senate Early Learning, K-12 and Higher Education Committee, to encourage the Washington State School Directors’ Association to convene regional meetings and invite the tribal councils from the region. The State Board of Education is required to consider American Indian information to fulfill high school graduation requirements in Washington state history and government. School district boards of directors are encouraged to incorporate curricula about tribes within and near the school district, including tribes within Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.
    • The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 7, 2005.
    • Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on April 4, 2005.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, (D-Bothell) (D) on April 7, 2005, to encourage school districts to collaborate with any federally recognized Indian tribe within their district, and with neighboring Indian tribes, to incorporate expanded and improved curricular materials about Indian tribes, and to create programs of classroom and community cultural exchanges.
  • Passed 35 to 9 in the Senate on April 7, 2005, to require Washington’s Indian tribal history to be taught in the common schools.
    Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”
  • Received in the House on April 20, 2005.
  • Passed 79 to 17 in the House on April 20, 2005, to concur in Senate amendments.
    Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”
  • Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on April 28, 2005, to require Washington’s Indian tribal history to be taught in the common schools.

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A Progress Report on SHB 1495

(Chapter 205, Laws of 2005)

HB1495-Tribal Project Report-feb2012