"Estimating the number of Native Americans living in what is today the United States of America before the arrival of the European explorers and settlers has been the subject of much debate. . . estimates range from a low of 2.1 million (Ubelaker 1976) to 7 million people (Russell Thornton) to a high of 18 million (Dobyns 1983)."
Los Angeles County is home to the largest urban American Indian population in the United States. More than 200 tribes and bands are represented by American Indian and Alaskan Native children in Los Angeles Unified School District.
Title VII of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 provides eligible American Indian and Alaskan Native students additional opportunities to meet challenging state standards.
Indian Education Program
The Indian Education Program (Title VII) in LAUSD is expanding. There is no designated blood quantum to apply. If one parent or grandparent is a member of an American Indian tribe or band (or corporation of Alaskan Natives) then your child may be eligible. Click on the button below, fill out the form, and send it to the Indian Education Program Office to see if your child qualifies for Title VII services.
Poverty and other social problems have plagued American Indians. They want political and economic equality, and they want to regain their Native identities, including their languages and traditions that historically were suppressed in schools.
One of the most popular misconceptions about American Indians is that they are all the same. Stereotyping Indians in this way denies the vast cultural differences between tribes. As educators and parents, it is our responsibility to inform ourselves about tribal diversity. It is an important step in understanding the history of America and a great sign of respect.