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    Native American Heritage Month Proclamation
    Posted on 11/16/2018
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    Native American Heritage Month Proclamation

    WHEREAS, Washington state is home to 29 federally-recognized Native American Tribes, and the City of Seattle is named for Chief Sealth; and

    WHEREAS, Native American contributions and values have helped shape the social, political, environmental, cultural, and economic fabric of Seattle; and

    WHEREAS, state law mandates Since Time Immemorial, the teaching of Washington state tribal history, culture and government in common schools; which will contribute greatly to improving school's history curriculum, enhance students' identity safety, and improve all students' cultural understanding; and

    WHEREAS, Seattle Public Schools Native American Education Program is dedicated to increasing academic success for Native American and Alaskan Native students across the district; and

    WHEREAS, the State of Washington and Seattle Public Schools have designated the Friday immediately following the fourth Thursday in November a school holiday known as Native American Heritage Day; and

    WHEREAS, Seattle Public Schools joins others across the nation in celebrating Native American Heritage Month, honoring the unique heritage of this continent's First People, and reaffirming the commitment to respect each tribe's sovereignty and cultural identity;

    NOW, THEREFORE, I Denise Juneau, superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, do hereby proclaim November 2018 to be Native American Heritage Month and November 23, 2018 to be Native American Heritage Day for Seattle Public Schools, and I encourage all people in our district and city to join me in this special observance.

    Signed:
    Superintendent Denise Juneau
    Director Leslie Harris, District 6, School Board President
    Director Scott Pinkham, District 1
    Director Rick Burke, District 2
    Director Jill Geary, District 3
    Director Eden Mack, District 4
    Director Zachary DeWolf, District 5
    Director Betty Patu, District 7

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