Tribal Languages in Practice
Seal of Biliteracy
Each Tribe develops the methods and processes for determining biliteracy proficiency in their respective Tribal languages.
Tribal Language Liaison
Since time immemorial, tribal peoples have practiced, valued, and shared their Tribal languages across generations and geography. Tribal language is specific and special to the place and peoples who speak it, and as such is a crucial piece of culture for the First Peoples.
The Tribal, Heritage, and Dual Language Grant provides seed funds to plan and build capacity for effective P-12 tribal, heritage, and dual language programs. See the Tribal Language Timeline for more information.
Applications are closed! Funds will be allocated in early September and must be spent by June 30, 2023.
Previous Grant Recipients
- 2021-23 Tribal Language Program Grant Partners
- 2020-21 Dual Tribal Heritage Language Grant Partners
- 2019-20 Dual Language for All
- 2017-2019 OSPI Awards Grants for Dual Language Programs
First Peoples’ languages are falling silent. This is a loss to the cultural heritage of the affected tribes and to the cultural resources of Washington state. Teaching First Peoples’ languages can be a critical factor in successful educational experiences and promoting cultural sensitivity for all students.
- Becoming First Peoples’ Certified Flowchart
- Professional Educator Standards Board: First Peoples' Language, Culture, and Oral Traditions Certification
The following course codes are specific to Washington state's tribal language and culture.
PLEASE NOTE: Any course below must be taught by an educator who holds a First Peoples’ Language, Culture and Oral Tradition certification, and approved by a partner Tribal Language/Culture Program Manager. For more information please email Kayla Guyett.
- CEDARS Course Data – Washington State Tribal Languages
Any course below must be taught by an educator who holds a First Peoples’ Language, Culture and Oral Tradition certification, and approved by partner Tribal Language Program Manager.
Appendix K – Language Codes
- Columbia River Sehaptin 521
- Colville 711
- Hoh 532
- Klallam 665
- Lummi 712
- Lushootseed 704
- Makah 504
- Muckleshoot 558
- Nez Perce 541
- Sahaptian 505
- Salish 502
- Puyallup 575
- Quileute 503
- Quilshootseed 713
- Quinault 576
- Squaxine 578
- Yakama 501
For more information, review the Comprehensive Education Data and Research System (CEDARS) Appendices.
Appendix V - State Course Codes
- 24900: American Indian Language (prior to secondary)
- 24901: American Indian Language Immersion (prior-to-secondary)
- 24902: American Indian Language I
- 24903: American Indian Language II
- 24904: American Indian Language III
- 24905: American Indian Language IV
- 24906: American Indian Language V
- 24907: American Indian Language for Native Speakers
- 24908: American Indian Language Field Experience
- 24909: American Indian Language Conversation and Culture
- 24910: American Indian Literature
- 24911: Particular Topics in American Indian Language
- 24916: IB Language B (American Indian Language), Middle Years Program
- 24949: American Indian Language—Other
For more information, review the Comprehensive Education Data and Research System (CEDARS) web page.
- CEDARS Course Data – First Peoples’ Courses
Any course below must be taught by an educator who holds a First Peoples’ Language, Culture and Oral Tradition certification, and approved by partner Tribal Language/Culture Program Manager.
- WA0010: Indigenous Arts Prior-to-Secondary
- WA0011: Indigenous Arts I
- WA0012: Indigenous Arts II
- WA0013: Indigenous Arts III
- WA0014: Indigenous Arts IV
- WA0015: Indigenous Arts V
- WA0016: Indigenous Culture Prior to secondary
- WA0017: Indigenous Culture I
- WA0018: Indigenous Culture II
- WA0019: Indigenous Culture III
- WA0020: Indigenous Culture IV
- WA0021: Indigenous Culture V
- WA0022: Indigenous Music/Performing Arts Prior to secondary
- WA0023: Indigenous Music/Performing Arts I
- WA0024: Indigenous Music/Performing Arts II
- WA0025: Indigenous Music/Performing Arts III
- WA0026: Indigenous Music/Performing Arts IV
- WA0027: Indigenous Music/Performing Arts V
- WA0028: Indigenous PE/Health Prior to secondary
- WA0029: Indigenous PE/Health I
- WA0030: Indigenous PE/Health II
- WA0031: Indigenous PE/Health III
- WA0032: Indigenous PE/Health IV
- WA0033: Indigenous PE/Health V
- WA0034: Healing of the Canoe
- WA0035: Healing through Traditional Cultural Practices
For more information, review the Comprehensive Education Data and Research System (CEDARS) State Course Codes