New York State, in accordance with Article 83 of the Education Law, provides for educational services through tuition contracts with 13 public school districts for approximately 3,000 Native American students in Grades K-12 that live on nine Indian reservations. The Department also contracts with three of the contracting school districts for the operation of three, State-owned reservation schools on the St. Regis Mohawk, Onondaga and Tuscarora Indian Reservations. The Education Department also contracts with nine public school districts and four commercial bus companies, including the Seneca Nation of Indians, for the transportation of these students.
School buses are also purchased by the State for use by the Salmon River and Massena School Districts to transport students living on the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation. School districts receive supplemental services money to provide additional educational support services solely for Native American students.
Department staff provides technical assistance to the contracting schools and reservation communities to improve the educational programs/services provided to Native American students, including better parent/school relationships, consultation with the nations/tribes, inclusion of Native American language/culture in the schools curriculum, and collaborative efforts in the school districts comprehensive plans to have all children achieve high standards.