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Understanding the Impact of Indigenous Education on Student Success

Virtual Live Briefings Student Success Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Indigenous Peoples Orientation, Transition and Retention

This live virtual session will provide participants with an overview of Indigenous education history, from assimilation and boarding schools to Tribal Colleges and Universities and the Impact Aid program/Johnson O'Malley funding. The presenters want higher education professionals to recognize this complex history in order to understand and acknowledge its impact, both positive and negative, on Indigenous students.

Presented By

Indigenous People
Orientation Transition and Retention

Description and Learning Outcomes

About 90% of American Indian and Alaska Native students attend public schools (NCES, 2008). The challenges facing public schools today often do not merit our support for funding programs geared to American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. Programs or services providing AI/AN counselors, tutors, or cultural enrichment are likely non-existent. AI/AN students are just another student in these settings, and their histories and culture are not reflected in the curricula, services, or resources.

This live session will explore and offer key reasons in understanding the history of Indian Education as essential in supporting AI/AN students' access to higher education. The panelists have experience and insights into the struggles for local educational programming and its impact on higher education achievement. Their work, research, and most recently published article aligns with our session and enrich the body of scholarship focusing on AI/AN student success. Our discussion will offer resources and best practices and engage participants to discover first-hand to improve students' success.  

Learning Outcomes
  • Participants will acquire a better understanding of the journey students take as they navigate public education.
  • Participants will gain first-hand insight into Indian Education policies and bureaucratic oversight that impact student success
  • Participants will gain an overview of resources available to support indigenous students in a culturally responsive manner.
  • Participants will consider the implications for designing programs that support access to higher education and the college readiness and success of Indigenous students.




This virtual webinar is the second in a three-part series leading up to the 2022 Power and Place Symposium. The webinar series is open and free and requires registration by visiting the links for each webinar. (Registration for the Power and Place Symposium is separate and must be completed at the NASPA Annual Conference website.)