The Education Department provides Tribal Members assistance in obtaining their educational goals by providing case management, financial assistance for college and technical school, scholarships for college students, and activities for tribal youth.

The Education Departments Mission Statement:

The Education Department provides Tribal Members assistance in obtaining their educational goals by providing case management, financial assistance for college and technical school, scholarships for college students, and activities for tribal youth. Activities include but are not limited to a Summer School, After School Program, Tutoring, and a Student Recognition Dinner where all Tribal Children and adults in attendance are recognized for their progress in school. The focus for the Education Department is supporting students in their academic pursuit. The Education Department provides resources, guidance and support to help students become educated, healthy and well-rounded Tribal members as they progress toward their higher education and/or vocational aspirations.
The Education Department oversees the Tribal Library where there are hundreds of titles for Tribal Members of all ages to check out. The Tribal Library is maintained by a Librarian and Education Department Staff. We continue to expand the number of books on the shelves that inform our Tribal Community and capture the community’s interests.
The CTCLUSI Education department, pledges to provide both traditional learning and western principles of knowledge through the higher education Stipend Program, the Adult Education program, learning supports that allow for high school completion, tutoring and mentoring for middle and elementary school students who identify with indigenous traditions. The education Department is committed to helping tribal members examine their potential in contributing to the tribal community. As resources increase, the education department expects to further develop program offerings to the five county service and to all members of the General Council. Inspired by our territorial grandeur and respect for her stewardship, the education department is further invested in collaborations with all other departments, believing that many strands of cordage strengthens our longevity as a people.
Contact us by phone (541) 888-1314 or e-mail us at

Jemiah Wassman

Director of Education

541-888-1318 (Main)
541-294-4105 (Cell)
1245 Fulton Avenue,
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Brandy Lauby

Education Specialist II

541-888-1314 (Main)
541-252-0519 (Cell)
1245 Fulton Avenue,
Coos Bay, OR 97420

If you are new to our program, you will need to fill out the Laserfiche Document in the link below, which also requires submission of numerous forms (outlined in the packet).

If you are a returning student, you will need to submit documentation that is similar to the initial packet you originally submitted; however, it will have a few changes.

CTCLUSI Education Department has funding for programs related to obtaining your GED.

If you are considering applying for a program, please inquire about what services we can provide for you.

Already know where your program is? Contact the CTCLUSI Education Department at 541-888-1315

The Confederated Tribes’ Education Department is doing everything we can to ensure students have an easier time paying for their education, but we are not the only ones who are thinking of you. The Education Committee works very hard to organize and ensure the availability of our tribal scholarships. These scholarship donations come from many different areas in the community and within the tribe.

The Tribal Government Scholarship goes through the Education Department. Applicants will submit an essay about Tribal sovereignty.

The Pepsi Scholarship is a privately funded scholarship. Applicants should look into explaining their role of community service in the tribes.

The Mitsis Scholarship is exclusively funded by the Education Committee. Applicants should write about how our tribal history or knowledge has changed their life in some way.

The last scholarship we offer is the Elders Scholarship, funded by private tribal donations as well as our own tribal elders. Applicants should look into writing about their experience with an elder’s teachings and how it has changed their life.

The Carolyn Slyter Memorial Scholarship 

The Grace Brainard Memorial Scholarship

All of these scholarships are annually awarded and funded. Only CTCLUSI Higher Education Students are awarded these scholarships. We encourage you to apply for all of them!

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, CTCLUSI Summer Student Internships have been canceled this year (2021). We hope to provide internship opportunities in the future but at this time our Tribal communities health is our top priority. Please stay safe and continue to practice CDC recommended safety guidelines concerning the coronavirus.

Tutoring Services

The Education Department will help students K-12 with any tutoring education needs on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact us if you have any needs and we will do our best to accommodate you in your area.

Summer School

During the first few weeks of summer, the education department provides a summer school program open to all youth and graduating seniors. During these few weeks, Students can brush up on their academic skills as well as being exposed to cultural activities. We are excited to work with many of our other departments such as culture and natural resources to provide a fun curriculum for our students. Look for applications in spring.

  • 'Check back in Spring for Summer School applications

Student Recognition Dinner

Every summer, typically after spring term, the education department hosts a dinner to honor that years students of all ages from Kindergarten to College graduates. This is an opportunity for the tribe to see its student accomplishment’s and also have a few guest speakers.