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Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Department or Program Affiliation

Woodring College of Education - Educational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctorate of Education


Education Leadership and Inclusive Teaching

First Advisor

Bruce, Tim (Professor)

Second Advisor

Robertson, Wayne Thomas

Third Advisor

Ebalaroza-Tunnell, Gerry

Fourth Advisor

Vendiola, Shelly


In relationship with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community using an Indigenous research paradigm listening to stories and lived experiences resulted in narratives of Swinomish students attending La Conner Public Schools in La Conner, Washington. The purpose and research questions were generated through focus group interviews of Swinomish Indian Tribal Community elders, family members, parents, and educators. In other focus groups and individual interviews, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community elders, family members, parents, educators, and high school seniors, share their experiences at La Conner Public Schools. Their stories tell the reader the factors that contribute to successful experiences while sharing the barriers and challenges they faced as well. From an analysis of these qualitative data, recommendations are presented to alleviate the barriers and challenges and enhance the successes of Swinomish students attending La Conner Public Schools.




Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, La Conner Public Schools, Blackfeet, K-12, Stories, Tribal, Tribe, Indigenous Research Paradigm, Swinomish Student Success, Student Success, Native American, Indian, Native, Elementary School, High School, Tribal Partnership


Western Washington University

OCLC Number


Subject – LCSH

Swinomish Indians--Education; Public schools--Washington (State)--La Conner;Indian high school students--Washington (State)--La Conner

Geographic Coverage

La Conner (Wash.)




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