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    Resources for Native American Heritage Month & Beyond

    For Native American Heritage Month and throughout the year, explore this selection of resources focused on Native American and Alaska Native knowledge curated by SPS Native American Education staff. Our aim is to make it easy for teachers to integrate teaching about contemporary culture and people as well as Washington State tribal history with  their lessons.

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    Seattle Super Readers Book of the Month with Superintendent Juneau: Fry Bread!

    Watch and read along with Superintendent Juneau (Mandan, Hidatsa, Blackfeet) as she shares Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, a picture book by Kevin Noble Maillard Seminole), for Seattle Super Readers Book of the Month (8:46-minute video).

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    Read Governor Inslee's proclamation of November 2020 as Native American Heritage Month and Nov. 27th as Native American Heritage Day.

    I Am Native: A Video Highlighting Native American SPS Students and Leaders

    I Am Native: A Discussion Between Seattle Public Schools Native American Students and Leaders (9:29-minute video on Vimeo) features Superintendent Denise Juneau, Board President Zachary DeWolf, Vice-President Chandra Hampson and students from Nathan Hale High School’s šəqačib program.

    Superintendent Juneau Signs Indigenous Peoples' Day Proclamation

    Celebrated across Seattle Public Schools, October 12, 2020 is Indigenous Peoples' Day. All schools are encouraged to support the well-being and growth of American Indian and Indigenous students and recognize the contributions of Native Peoples. Read the Indigenous Peoples' Day Proclamation.

    Remote Learning for Fall 2020: Lesson Plans & Continuous Learning Resources

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    Salmon Homecoming Virtual School Days  

    Each fall since 1992, the Salmon Homecoming Celebration commemorates the return of salmon to our local waters and introduces attendees to Coast Salish cultural activities. Access videos, activities and download the Salmon Homecoming student workbook at your convenience by visiting Salmon Homecoming Virtual School Days. Videos include:

    • Welcome - Muckleshoot Indian Tribe's Canoe Family
    • Salmon Homecoming Dive - Seattle Aquarium
    • Wolf Haven Sanctuary Visit - Wolf Haven International
    • sčədadxʷ (salmon) - Salmon Defense's animated short film featuring Billy Frank Jr.
    • Science Careers & Studying Juvenile Steelhead - Seattle City Light
    • Salmon Problems: Saving Salmon in the Pacific Northwest - Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
    • Old Cows, New Tricks - Stillaguamish Tribe, The Nature Conservancy of Washington, Janicki Corporation & Natural Milk Dairy 

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    Nathan Hale Student Creates Film about Climate Change Affecting Indigenous Nations

    Interconnected: The Effect of Climate Change on Indigenous Nations is a film produced by Rosie Port and her brother Gabe. Rosie is a graduating senior and vice president of Nathan Hale High School’s Native Club. She also was a speaker in Nathan Hale's 2019 Native Heritage Assembly. Rosie created and beautifully produced this powerful film for her Hale Senior Action Project. It is an important piece of student work about issues facing indigenous culture and what individuals can do to reduce their environmental impact.

    Native Education for All: Online Learning Resources

    IllumiNative has partnered with the National Indian Education Association and Amplifier to create Native Education for All, an initiative providing online lesson plans, tools and resources for Pre-K through 8th grade students. Each lesson—available as a downloadable pdf—guides teachers and students through learning about Native American art, culture, history and contemporary life.

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    RCW 28A.320.170 Washington State Curricula: Tribal History & Culture

    From the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 28A.320.170, 2015, Washington State Legislature:

    Upon social studies curriculum adoption, a school district shall incorporate curricula about nearest tribes’ histories, cultures, and governments. School districts meet the requirements by using the state-developed curriculum Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State AND incorporating elements that are regionally specific. 

    Modifications & Required State Collaboration

    School districts shall collaborate with OSPI on curricular areas regarding tribal government and history that are statewide in nature, such as the concept of tribal sovereignty and the history of federal policy towards federally recognized Indian tribes.

    Why American Indian Studies?

    We use the name American Indian Studies because:

    • American Indian is the legal term for the federally recognized tribes that reside within the U.S.

    • Unlike other American ethnic groups, federally recognized tribes and nations deal with U.S. state, and local governments on a "government-to-government" basis.

    Our Partner Tribes

    Meet our partner tribes under the Treaty of Point Elliott: The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and The Suquamish Tribe.

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