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Supported by our families and community, the Puyallup School District Title VI Native American Education Program strives to improve academic achievement, attendance, and graduation rates of Native American and Alaska Native students while also enhancing their social and cultural awareness.

Program History

The Puyallup School District Native American Education Program was established in 1973 and is funded by a formula grant from the Office of Indian Education under the Department of Education (Title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

The Native program currently serves 944 students in 34 schools representing 65 Native American tribes, bands, or groups in the Puyallup School District and continues to grow.

How to Enroll in the Puyallup School District Native American Education Program

Student must be enrolled in the Puyallup School District and parents/guardians must complete a Title VI Student Eligibility Certification Form (ED 506 form) for students to receive program benefits and services.

To request services and assistance, click on the button below:

Native American Education Program Support/Assistance Request Form

506 forms may be obtained from your child's school, the Title VI Native American Education office, or click links for a fillable ED 506 form. You will need to download the form to your computer, fill it out, and electronically sign it. Then save it and send to Native American Education Program at: cantra@puyallupsd.orgYou can also print it out and send to: Puyallup School District - Attn: Native American Education - PO Box 370, Puyallup, WA 98371

  • Eligibility requires the student, parent, or grandparent have Tribal membership (membership/enrollment number or other proof) with a Federally Recognized Tribe. For list of Federally Recognized Tribes, please click here or click here for the BIA Tribal Leaders Directory, click hereFor the National Congress of American Indians Tribal Directory list, click here.
  • If you have questions about the ED 506 form, need assistance in completing this form, or have questions about Tribes, Bands or Organized Indian Groups, please contact the Native American Education Department by email at or phone at 253-840-8852.
  • ED 506 forms become part of your child's school records and will not need to be completed every year. ED 506 forms will be maintained in the Native American Education office and information on the form is confidential and not shared with others.

Definition: Indian means any individual who is:

  • Member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect: October 19, 1994.
  • A member (as defined by the Indian Tribe or band) of Indian Tribe or Band, including those Indian Tribes or Bands terminated since 1940, and those recognized by the State in which the tribe or band reside; or
  • A descendent in the first or second degree (parent or grandparent) as described in (1); or
  • An Eskimo or Aleut or other Alaska Native; or 
  • A member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect on October 19, 1994.

Title VI Native American Education Program Budget

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Contact Info

Archie Cantrell
Native American Education Liaison
Education Service Center (ESC)
302 2nd St SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
Almai Malit
Executive Director of Equity, Student Success, and Strategic Engagement

Dr. Gordon Brobbey
Director of Cultural Competency, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Theresa Sayama
Administrative Assistant
To Executive Director Equity and Elementary Education