The Oregon Indian Education Association (OIEA) represents American Indians, Alaska Natives, and collaborates with Native Hawaiians in schools, tribes, and communities in Oregon. OIEA has been in existence prior to 1974, with a handful of Native educators wanting to network and collaborate around Native issues.
The vision shared by the OIEA is to create collaborations with school districts, universities, and state officials to endorse an Indigenous knowledge base that enhances, endorses, and validates the higher learning of Native students.
The Oregon Indian Education Association (OIEA) advances comprehensive, culture-based, and Native language educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians (AI/AN/NH). As a statewide, non-profit, professional development organization, OIEA supports tribal sovereignty and a tribe’s inherent right to determine what is best for its tribal citizens, ancestral lands and their future.
- To recommend and support legislation (or oppose unfavorable legislation) that affects the education of AI/AN/NH people.
- To provide assistance to local and state agencies to assure that AI/AN/NH in our state receive the full educational benefits offered.
- To promote cooperation in solving AI/AN/NH educational problems by encouraging participation in the development and/or implementation of relevant educational programs.
- To increase communication by serving as a liaison for AI/AN/NH information specific to education programs, procedures, and opportunities for people and to disseminate that information to all members and interested parties.
- To assist in the development and endorsement of AI/AN/NH curriculum and methodology provided to AI/AN/NH and all non-Native students in the state of Oregon.
- To promote awareness of accurate AI/AN/NH history, contributions, and cultural differences; and to support those associations, agencies, programs, individuals, and studies that reinforce a positive approach to AI/AN/NH education.
- To provide professional development for educators working with Native students and non-Native educators teaching about AI/AN/NH history and culture.