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    Temperance and Good Citizenship Day is Friday, Jan. 15th, 2021!

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    Need a lesson plan for Temperance and Good Citizenship Day?  Begin your planning now by downloading a teacher toolkit from the Washington Secretary of State, including: voter registration forms, a classroom guide to registering voters, posters, and bookmarks with QR codes to sign up.

    Download Teacher Toolkit

     Share a video with your class! Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal have partnered with the Seattle Sounders and the OL Reign to talk about civic engagement and encourage students to become future votes. Secretary Wyman sat down with Seattle Sounders Goalkeeper, Stefan Frei, to discuss his first time voting in an election and how he gives back: Watch the video (10:42 minutes).

    Native American Knowledge Resources

    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 all year long.

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    Remote Learning: Lesson Plans & Continuous Learning Resources

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    Living Nations, Living Words: A Map of First Peoples' Poetry 

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    Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek), the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, launched Living Nations, Living Words: A Map of First Peoples' Poetry—an interactive map of contemporary Native poets.

    "For my signature project as the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, I conceived the idea of mapping the U.S. with Native Nations poets and poems. I want this map to counter damaging false assumptions—that indigenous peoples of our country are often invisible or are not seen as human. You will not find us fairly represented, if at all, in the cultural storytelling of America, and nearly nonexistent in the American book of poetry." —U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

    Listen to the Library of Congress collection of audio recordings of 47 contemporary Native American poets reading and discussing an original poem. Poets include Joy Harjo, Louise Erdrich, Natalie Diaz, Ray Young Bear, Craig Santos Perez, Sherwin Bitsui, Layli Long Soldier, and other featured voices.

    Learn more about Joy Harjo and other Native American poets

    Superintendent Juneau Reads Fry Bread with Seattle Super Readers!

    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).

    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.

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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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