About Oregon Senate Bill 13

The Oregon Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 13, which would develop curriculum for Oregon K-12 schools on tribal history and sovereignty, written from Native perspectives. This legislation fills a gap in our children's education. Western States Center is a proud coalition member and the coalition convener for #YESonSB13.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Senate Bill 13 will require the teaching of American Indian/Alaska Native History & Sovereignty in k-12 public school in Oregon. It was introduced in January at the request of Governor Kate Brown, and Chief Education Officer Lindsey Caps. In addition, it has the support of the State Board of EducationOregon Department of Education, the Government to Government Education Cluster, the Oregon Indian Education Association. the National Indian Education Association, and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

Our coalition believes Indian and non-Indian students who receive curriculum instruction about sovereign tribal nations, tribal histories, and respecting & upholding tribal sovereignty grow into members of a civically engaged body who know and understand how to better fulfill their roles as citizens & residents of the United States as well as sovereign nations and work with one another as local, state and national leaders.

For this reason we believe that SB13 is not a politically partisan issue, but a literacy issue. The time is right for foundations, businesses, and, nonprofits to support endeavors when government & lawmakers to come together with tribal communities and educators to ensure our future civic leaders graduate the k-12 system with the knowledge and skills to succeed.

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