Shelton's Native American Education

Native American Education


“ We have to work with each other. Our earth is crying. And it’s crying for help. In the everyday movement of our country, you can make a difference. You can make a difference.”
- Billy Frank Jr.

The mission of the Title VI Native American Education program is to provide academic and cultural programming for Native American students. “Since Time Immemorial” curriculum is used throughout the district. The Title VI program has been in operation for over 30 years. We have five Native American Education Tutors in the Shelton School District that work with students at every building.  Services include:
  • Academic help and educational values
  • Career awareness
  • Cultural awareness/guidance
  • Dropout prevention
  • Self-confidence building opportunities
  • Native American identity reinforcement
  • Community updates and awareness
  • Liaison between parents, students, teachers and the school
  • Inter-Tribal Parent Advisory Committee


Mt. View Elementary School = Ruth Bowcutt,, 360-426-8564
Bordeaux Elementary School = Melanie Willig,, 360-426-3253
Shelton High School = Nichole Hillman,, 360-426-4471
CHOICE Middle & High School = Ruth Arlin,, 360-426-7664
Oakland Bay Jr. High = Nigel Warren,, 360-426-7991
Olympic Middle School = Tre Fisher,, 360-462-6671

If you, your child or his/her grandparent are an enrolled member of an American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group, then your child may be eligible to be enrolled in our Title VI program.

Click here
 for the 506-Native American Eligibility Certification Form.

For more information, please contact our Executive Director of State & Federal Programs, Travis Smith, at 360-426-1687,


The NAYLA program is geared to help gather Native American youth from across the Western Washington region. It develops leadership, communication, and life skills for Native youth in a safe and nurturing environment. These students, that represent many districts, gather and discuss topics that affect their lives and how to approach solving issues. Along with making new friends and stepping out of their comfort zones, these students learn to become leaders in their schools, among their peers, and in their communities. For more information about NAYLA, visit

NAYLA students Nayla youth meeting


You are invited to our next Native American Education Program Parent Advisory meeting.  It is important that we hear your input and ideas for this program.  A light meal will be provided. The meeting will be held at Oakland Bay Jr. High on Tuesday, March 3 from 5:30-7:00 pm.  Please contact Travis Smith, Executive Director of Learning Alternatives and State & Federal Programs at Shelton School District at 360-426-1687 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Annual Button Robe and Awards Banquet, May 15, 2020, at the Shelton High School SUB


The Shelton School District Native American community is invited
 to hear about the District’s Indian Education grant application for the 2020-2021 school year. The information will be presented at the May 26 virtual School Board meeting. We value your participation and feedback. Here is how you can join us: 

On May 26th at 6:00 PM, visit and look for the header for "DATE School Board Meeting".


Please contact Kelly Neely, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and State & Federal Programs at Shelton School District at with your feedback and questions.

  • 700 S. First St., Shelton, WA 98584
  • p: 360-426-1687
  • f: 360-427-8610

The Shelton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Terry Meisenburg, Director of Human Resources. 360-426-1687. 700 S. 1st Street; Shelton, WA 98584. Complaint procedure can be found on this website under Board Policy #3210 (students) and #5010 (employees).

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