Title VI Education

IPAC Meeting Minutes 4/8/21

Seattle Public Schools Native Education
Title Vl, Indian Parent Advisory Committee
Virtual Meeting Minutes
Thursday April 8, 2021

In attendance:
Cowlitz: Lynsey Dearth, Yecenia Harris, Robert Ramirez, Tanya Marceau,

IPAC meeting: Clysta Cole, Tonia Galindo, Emma Medicine White Crow, Amy Markishtum, Donna Hale Wolcott, Phoenix Johnson, Gail Morris, Boo Balkan Foster, Jenny Miller, Mai Takahashi

Cowlitz Tribal Health 4:00-5:00
Protecting your Mental Health during Covid-19 Strategies for students facing a new (temporary) normal. Target 6-12 grade

Located in Tukwila. Mental health during COVID19. Whole person approach.


  • min Open with prayer/ TEAMS smudging
  • 5 min Introductions
  • 15 min

Defining normal feelings of:

  • Anxiety – anticipation of a future threat that gets in your way of living your life
  • Fear – an emotional response to a real or perceived imminent threat
  • Depression – sad, empty, or irritable mood that gets in the way of daily life
  • Loneliness from isolation –
  • Grief/Loss 15 Min Open discussion (and open comments in chat) 20 Min Coping Strategies/tools for self-care End with links to mental health resources and hotlines. 
    • Walking
    • Gardening
    • traditional practices
    • exercise
    • do what makes you happy
    • Art
    • Music
    • Seeing a professional to build more tools to deal with symptoms
    • What’s going well?
    • What am I thankful for?
    • Hiking
    • Grounding
    • Get close to water or hug a tree, getting into nature
  • Crisis and emergency lines
    • King County 24 hour Crisis Line: 1-866-427-4747
    • 911 in an emergency
    • Teenlink.org or 1-866-teenlink
    • Teen Link King County
      • Crisisconnections.org
      • 866-833-6546
      • Text: 866-833-6456
    • Cowlitz:
      • Mental Health, Chemical Dependency (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorder services (206) 721-5170
      • MH Referrals Can be made with Tanya Marceau, Referral Coordinator
        • Call or text 206-491-5085
        • tmarceau@cowlitz.org
        • 1 to 2 weeks to be seen
    • Mother Nation:
      • (206) 722-2321 – Offers culturally informed healing services, advocacy, mentorship and homeless prevention.
    • Caring Text Campaign:
      • Text “CARING’’ to 65664 to receive regular reminders about how awesome you are from people who care.
    • For emergency, text the word “NATIVE” to 741741 and you’ll be connected with a trained crisis counselor. From stress or anxiety to trauma or grief – they’re trained to listen. The service is free and confidential.

IPAC Meeting 5:00-6:00

  • Greetings and prayer
    • Welcome from Clysta
    • Prayer from Emma
  • Approve minutes (if applicable)
    • Motion to approve minutes: Emma
      Second: Donna
      Motion passed
  • Students returning to in person instruction – Time to share what this means for our students
    • Families shared their choices for either in-person or the hybrid model and the challenges they are facing
  • End of Year for students
  • Native Ed update (Gail Morris)
    • 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.”
    • New librarian for the SPS Native American Library – Rachel Kresl, Dine. She’s also a teacher.
    • Mark Smith and Michela are doing some work with the after school program. Drumming on Tuesday nights, Thursday nights for beading instruction, families will need to come and pick up supplies, designated pick up spots to come.
    • Fern Renville – story telling in the after-school program
    • After school program – Nancy Jo Bob – Virtual gardening with the after-school program
  • Meeting ended at 5:53 pm with a prayer from Emma
  • Next meeting May 13th

We encourage all parents and guardians of Seattle Public Schools Native American and Alaskan Native Students to attend. The role of the Title Vl Native Education Parent Advisory Committee is to consult with and advise the Seattle School District on the development and operation of the Title Vl Program, assist in the development and approval of the Title Vl grant, and to help organize and conduct community cultural events, it’s important to know that the PAC helps to organize events and raise funds as well. By serving on the PAC parents and guardians of Native American/Alaskan Native Students in Seattle Public Schools can help decide the program goals and activities.

For information contact: Gail Morris gtmorris@seattleschools.org 206 252 0948