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Welcome to the Native American Education Program webpage serving the Port Angeles School District. Established under the Federal Indian Education Act of 1972, our federally-funded program supports Native American, Alaska Native, and American Indian students in grades K-12.

Led by Native American Liaison, Carmen Watson-Charles,  we provide holistic education, blending academic success with cultural enrichment. We offer culturally relevant curriculum, community events, and support services to foster a nurturing environment for our students.

Explore our webpage to discover resources and opportunities for students, parents, educators, and community members. Together, let's honor Native American heritage and empower our students to succeed academically and culturally.


Your Native American Education Team

Klallam Language Teacher


Native American Education Advocates

PAHS: Jennifer Mobley

dry Creek: leandra calbe-bruce

LEKT Academic Support Providers

SMS: Gregory (Montesz) Kelley-Shears

Dry Creek: Madeline mclean

District Staff

Native American Family Navigator: Summer Cooper


PASD Native American Liaison: Carmen watson-charles

Since Time Immemorial Curriculum

Click the links below to access our STI curriculum by grade-level. 


Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

Due to funding, low staffing, and a lower number of Native American, we can not provide Native American Education Advocates in all PASD schools. Please contact Carmen Watson-Charles, Native American Liaison, for any assistance.

Collaborating with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe provides services for PASD educators to help build positive relationships by sharing their history, stories, songs, and language. The Lower Elwha Klallam Language Program has collaborated with PASD for many years now, and they have developed a curriculum for K through 12 and are available to visit classrooms.

Port Angeles School District Tribal Calendar Days

Government-to-Government Relationship in the works for over 20 years
Annual Board Meetings to acknowledge

Board Meeting

Each board meeting starts with a land acknowledgment. We acknowledge that we are on the indigenous lands of Coast Salish people, who have reserved territory rights to this land, specifically the Klallam tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here since Time Immemorial.

On Thursday, November 10, the Board of Directors held the annual Board meeting with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Council to honor our government-to-government relationship. During this time, the Board of Directors and Tribal Council celebrated those awarded a $5000 grant to continue their education to be Klallam language certified. The District Grant is $30,000, and the grant will provide $1666.67 for each recipient each quarter for three quarters.

The Board and Tribal Council also heard from Native staff who work throughout the District teaching Klallam Language, hosting educational programs, and providing student and staff support with our Native American Education Advocates and Liaison teams. The Board expressed their deep gratitude to the Tribe for their time and willingness to strengthen our government-to-government relationship.

Heritage Language Grant

The Port Angeles School District is proud to partner with OSPI and LEKT to support the LEKT Language Program across the District and support the recipients in their pursuit of Klallam language certification. This year, recipients received a $5000 grant to continue their education to be Klallam language certified through Peninsula College. The District Grant is $30,000, and the grant will provide $1666.67 for each  recipient each quarter for three quarters. 

Klallam Language is listed on the Endangered Language list and is in great need for more Klallam Language teachers. This grant allowed the recipients to further their education by taking 2 years of Klallam Language at Peninsula Collage with the esteemed linguist Dr. Tim Montler. Dr. Montler has dedicated over 30 years of studying and developing the Klallam Dictionary and Lessons that are used with in the Port Angeles High School and Stevens Middle School.  The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Port Angeles School District is proud to work together ensure the Klallam Language lives on for the next 7 generations.

Recipients of the Tribal Language Grants

  • Jonathan Arakawa
  • Harmony Arakawa
  • Carmen Watson-Charles
  • Wendy Sampson
  • Angelina Sosa
  • Ashley Pitchford

Did you Know...Our collaboration with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is a growing partnership that is more than 20-plus years strong. This government-to-government relationship is unique and leads by example by teaching the local Native American Indigenous Indian language. Other tribes and school districts reach out to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Port Angeles School District, asking how we got to where we are today. 

Klallam Child