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The Ashland School Districts works collaboratively with the Southern Oregon Indian Education Program to provide services that address the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students in the school district to help them achieve to the same high standards expected of all students

As part of the Southern Oregon Indian Education Consortium, the eligible American Indian/Alaska Native students can participate in programs and events designed at the school and regional level.

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Eligible students and families are invited to participate in:

Strong Futures“Towards a strong future path”

The Strong Futures program assists Native high school students and their families to prepare for success after high school through the following offerings. 

The Strong Futures program takes groups of students who are enrolled in the Indian Education program on college campus tours throughout Oregon. This is an opportunity for students to experience campus life and see what options they have after high school.

The Indian Education Program can also help eligible students with:

· Financial aid and scholarships

· Senior and service projects

· College and vocational school applications

· Writing and reviewing application essays

· Finding Tribal educational resources for funding and support

Native American Student Unions

Please contact your child’s school to find more details.

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Title VI Consortium Parent Committee (CPC)

CPC is a group of volunteer parent leaders who design, plan and implement programs and events to support our Title VI students and families. Their participation greatly informs our program. In the past 2 years, there have been elder picnics, Indigenous People’s Day Film Festival, student leadership trips, and more! Please consider joining our group and help create a stronger community!

How to register for the program

If the student, parent, or grandparent is enrolled in a federally recognized tribe you qualify! Please fill out the Title VI Student Eligibility Form (Form 506) to enroll in the SOESD's Indian Education Program. Please use a separate form for each student.

You can mail the completed form to: SOESD Indian Education, 5465 S. Pacific Hwy., Phoenix, OR 97535, or you can email it to Samantha Becerra at

Indigenous Land Acknowledgment

AMS's Land Acknowledgement for the Ashland School Board

The Native American Student Union (NASU) students at Ashland Middle School wrote a wonderful land acknowledgement for their school:

"We acknowledge that the sacred land that we live and learn on today belongs to the Takelma, Shasta, Modoc, Klamath & Umpqua peoples. We honor and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we now call the United States. We recognize the Native American peoples' continuing connection to land, place, waters, and community. We pay our respects to their cultures, country, and elders past, present, and emerging."

AMS’s students are now opening the regular school board meetings by sharing their land acknowledgment. We invite you to watch the first 5 minutes of the regular board meeting each month to see other students lead the land acknowledgement