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    SPS Native Education Department

    Native Education 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.

    Please call or email us! We are here to help, problem solve, and inspire.

    Celebrating Our 2020 Graduates

    We are so proud of our graduating seniors! To honor and celebrate their achievements, each graduate received a custom wool blanket and Huchoosedah paddle necklace. Watch two of our amazing students, Rose Glen and Wes Calf Robe, receiving theirs:


    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).

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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.

    NAYLA logoNAYLA Team Message for 2019-20 Students

    Watch the Native American Youth Leadership Academy (NAYLA) staff video for 2019-20 NAYLA students. The video offers encouragement and support for these rising leaders. NAYLA is an organization for Native students from all over Western Washington. It helps Native youth develop leadership, communication and life skills and become leaders in their schools and communities.

    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.

    I Am Native Film Honors Students


    I Am Native is a short film 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.

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