Community Organizing

Indigenous Education Now Coalition

Indigenous Education Now Coalition calls for the strengthening of Native American and Indigenous education in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County is home to the largest population of urban Indigenous peoples in the entire country. Thousands of American Indian/Alaska Native children and youth – including Tongva, Tataviam and Chumash youth, North American Tribal youth, and Indigenous youth from Mexico and Central America – are students within all of Los Angeles County school districts. The stark failure of the educational system points to a systemic need for drastic reforms. Indigenous Education Now is beginning a campaign to hold the Los Angeles Unified School District, the largest school district in the county, accountable to the greater Native and Indigenous community. 

The Indigenous Education Now Coalition (IEN) calls on LAUSD to make vital reformations beginning with the proper Tribal Consultation in fulfillment of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements. The coalition is working together to create recommendations for an appropriate and relevant tribal consultation model for LAUSD, which may include (but is not limited to): 

  • Consulting with local Tribal Nations and tribal organizations in the Local Control Funding Forumla (LCFF) process. 
  • Requiring consultation for charter schools, which account for educating 30% of AIAN students. 
  • Requiring minimum funding to support Indian Education program, regardless of AIAN enrollment numbers and federal funding. 
This historic coalition brings together students, parents, community members, local Tribes, and Native and Indigenous-led nonprofit organizations to collectively exercise their power in relationship to the systems that are accountable to serve them. Indigenous Education Now says Native and Indigenous peoples can no longer be overlooked by the educational system.

Members

Coalition members include: Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe, Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Missions Indians, California Native Vote Project, Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, Pukuu Cultural Community Services, United American Indian Involvement Clubhouse, and American Indian Community Council. 

Supporters and partners include: Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission, and the UCLA Human Rights in Action Clinic. 

For additional information, please contact: Celestina Castillo, Executive Director, ccastillo@canativevote.org