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    SPS's Native American Education Program Is a Referral Service

    We work with students, parents and guardians, teachers, principals, and SPS departments on a case-by-case basis to address the broad scope of needs our Native students face. We want every family to understand how to navigate the district's resources and support all schools in understanding the unique experience Native students face interacting with our system. Our goal is to ensure all Native students have a high-quality educational experience and reach the goal of graduation.

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    June is LGBTQ2 Pride Month

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    Join the Native American Education Department in celebrating this year's pride month as we amplify LGBTQ2 voices and show support to Seattle Public School's LGBTQ2 students this month and every month.

    Did you know? 
    The '2' in LGBTQ2 represents two-spirit people. Learn more about what two-spirit means in the video below.



    Check out the American Indian Resource Library's Destiny Discover Pride/LGBTQ2 Resource Collection for materials including videos, articles, titles from our library, and more. 


    On 4/7/2021, a team from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) completed a review of federal and state programs in which Seattle Public Schools participates. In the review, OSPI stated, “Seattle Public Schools is to be commended for adoption of policy and for providing high quality, consistent, and comprehensive professional learning for staff to fully implement the Since Time Immemorial tribal sovereignty curriculum.”

    Seattle Public Schools would not have been able to achieve such high praise were it not for the unyielding efforts of Native Education Program Manager Gail T. Morris and her staff. Morris’s efforts yielded a blue ribbon program model that not only tells the truth about the past, present, and future of tribal people, but also “re-indigenizes” history and civics in a way that promotes pride and genuinely values the identities of our Native students. We are excited that her vision continues to expand and gain momentum into the future, and all SPS students and staff will continue to benefit.


    Explore Our Native Knowledge Resources!

    Explore our 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 all year long.

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    I am Native Film Honors Students 

    I am Native is a short film (7:38 minutes) showcasing Seattle Public Schools' Native high school students and staff sharing their stories, hopes and dreams for their future. Read more about I am Native

    March 9th is Billy Frank Jr. Day

    Photo of Billy Frank Jr.Billy Frank Jr., a Northwest Native American (Nisqually) activist, played a key role in the “Fish Wars” of the 1960's and 1970's, resulting in a landmark decision affirming tribal fishing rights. Join us in honoring him on March 9th!

    On February 24, 2021, the Seattle School Board approved a resolution designating March 9, 2021 a day of observance recognizing and honoring the life and legacy of Billy Frank Jr.

    Learn more about this influential leader in our Billy Frank Jr. collection of resources: Billy Frank Jr. Online Collection


    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.


    Recognizing Our Students

    We are so proud of our students! Below, watch Rose Glen and Wes Calf Robe receiving a custom wool blanket and Huchoosedah paddle necklace to honor and celebrate their achievements.

     

    photo of paddle necklace with Huchoosedah text on top of red-and-white wool blanketphoto of Gail White EagleThe wool blankets were specially designed by Gail White Eagle (Muckleshoot, Chehalis), pictured left, who has been weaving for 25 years.  

    photo of Renee Remlinger-Tee, Louie Gong, Lauren Fonoimoana

    Eighth Generation, a Native-owned Seattle company founded by Louie Gong (Nooksack), created the blankets and paddles.

    Pictured right: Louie Gong (center) with Native American Education staff Lauren Nabahe Fonoimoana (Paiute-Shoshone, Navajo, Mono), high school re-entry/intervention specialist (right), and Renée Remlinger-Tee, librarian (left).


    Nathan Hale Student Creates Film about Climate Change Affecting Indigenous Nations

    image of film title Interconnectedphoto of Rosie Port

    Interconnected: The Effect of Climate Change on Indigenous Nations is a film produced by Rosie Port, a graduate of Nathan Hale (2020), and her brother Gabe. 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.


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    Contact Us

    Gail T. Morris 
    Program Manager, Native American Education
    206-252-0948
    gtmorris@seattleschools.org


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