Indigenous Education Advocate

Indigenous Education Advocate

The Indigenous Education Advocate (IEA) is a new position created by NCIDC, Inc with the support of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California (ACLU-NC). The IEA will advance educational equity for Native American students in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties and adjacent tribal lands. Education is part of NCIDC’s core mission and expanding training, capacity building and leadership development in this area is a critical need. The IEA will have a direct impact on Native American students, families, and communities through know your rights (KYR) trainings, leadership development and capacity-building for direct service providers and will lead systems level change by building coalitions and leading advocacy work in targeted school districts. The Indigenous education Advocate works in the NCIDC Education Office in Eureka, CA.

Meet our new Indigenous Education Advocate

IEA Assistance Application
Please fill out the online application at this link if you would like to request free assistance from the Indigenous Education Advocate for your child. Assistance may include support in obtaining an IEP or 504 plan, attending school discipline meetings, or other education advocacy. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Sonny Tripp at or 707-445-8451.

Tips for Families with Students on IEPs

Trauma-Sensitive Remote Learning: Keeping Connections Strong Resource

COVID-19 California Indian Museum and Cultural Center Survey Results, July 2020 will be available soon. Keep checking back.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), Youtube Presentation on “Idea and Section 504 plans”

Attention Tribal Families, Please take a moment to fill out this brief anonymous survey sponsored by DREDF, a disability rights organization for students. They are advocating for more services for students with disabilities when schools open In August.




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Tutors providing in-class academic support to NCIDC Indian Education Program students.

Student processing woodwardia fern for basketry. 

Student doing a STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math) project about jellyfish.