Yurok Tribe
Klamath Office
190 Klamath Blvd
PO Box 1027
Klamath, CA 95548

Jim McQuillen, PPS, MFCT: Department Director

707.482.1822 ext. 1020

Elsie McLaughlin-Feliz, Assistant Education Director


 Education Office

707.482.1822 ext. 1021 

Jalea Orcutt - Admin. Asst.

707.482-1350 ext. 1021

Barbara McQuillen, Yurok Language Teacher

707.482.1350 ext.1332


The Mission of the Education Department

To provide a wide-range of support services designed to ensure academic success while building and maintaining the Yurok cultural identity and assisting to provide for the health, education, economy and social wellbeing of our members and future members; and to preserve and promote our culture, language and religious beliefs and practices and pass them on to our children, our grandchildren, and to their grandchildren on, forever.

The Education Departement can be reached at (707) 482-1822 ext. 1021.

Attention Yurok Parents!


Please read these kindergarten readiness tips

Click here for the list of helpful tips

Click here for Higher Ed policies

Cobell Settlement funds are now available as Scholarships for both undergraduate college and graduate students attending an accredited college or university. If you need assistance with the application please call the Yurok Education Department at 707-482- 1350 Ex. 1021.  Please note the deadlines on both application sites.

(CLICK HERE) College Funds.Org (CLICK HERE)


See Cobell Scholarship site, for both college and vocational funding (Early Spring deadline):

College Deadline Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

Beginning January 2017, the Education Advisory Committee will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 11am.

This committee gives input and feedback to all Education Programs for the Yurok Tribe from council appointed representatives.


Priorities for the Coming Year

  1. It is a priority for the Education Department to continue to advocate and apply for increased funding for educational programs and services for the Yurok Tribe.

  2. To continuously improve the quality of services provided within all educational programs including Early Head Start, Head Start, Child Care, JOM K-12 tutoring, Yurok language, High school guidance services, and Higher Education.

  3. To increase the number of tribal members who are semi-fluent and fluent in the Yurok Language and culture.

  4. To continue to identify and document the educational needs, progress and success stories of our tribal members from all age groups.

  5. To increase the number of Yurok Tribal members who are graduating successfully from Early Head Start, Head Start, high school and college/university with a degree.

  6. To increase the number of Yurok Tribal members that apply for outside scholarship assistance to fund their higher education needs, including the FAFSA, the Yurok Housing Authority Assistance, the GATES Scholarship, the American Indian scholarship foundation, as well as other  outside scholarships.


Hoopa-Yurok Vocational Program Schedule
(click to download schedule)

Kee Laa-yo-lue-mehl (they will teach) Scholarship