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    Native American Heritage Assembly at Nathan Hale
    Posted on 11/26/2019
    A Broadview-Thomson school wall board decorated to celebrate Native Heritage month with images and text "November is Native Heritage Month, but we are more than a Month.

    Throughout November Seattle Public Schools Celebrates Native American Heritage

    Seattle Public Schools recognizes and honors the important contributions to our communities made by our local, state and country's indigenous peoples. Approximately 2,000 people in the district community identify as Native American/Alaskan Native – from students and teachers to principals.

    Recognized during November, Native American Heritage Month honors the first inhabitants of these lands and their descendants' contributions to modern day society through foods, medicine, literature, arts, common names of states and counties, and our governmental structure. Earlier this month, the Seattle Public Schools proclaimed November as Native American Heritage Month and November 29 as Native American Heritage Day. 

    Nathan Hale Native American Heritage Assembly

    On Thursday, November 21, students at Nathan Hale High School came together for a Native American Heritage Assembly to pay tribute and acknowledge the many contributions that Native people have made to America.

    Student speakers discussed current issues impacting Native Americans, many acknowledging the silent crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women with a painted red hand over their mouths.

     

    Broadview-Thomson K-8 Art Display

    At Broadview-Thomson K-8, school nurse Cass Wheelock-Rowse, Cree/Cherokee/Choctaw, led the creation of an art display that includes a canoe with paddles that include the names of the 29 federally recognized Native American tribes of Washington state and photos from recent Northwest Tribal Canoe Journeys. Canoe Journeys are a celebrated annual event in which participants travel in ocean-going canoes across hundreds of miles to visit indigenous and local communities to honor and share tribal culture and traditions.

    A Broadview-Thomson school wall board decorated to celebrate Native Heritage month with images and text

    About Huchoosedah Indian Education: The Seattle Public Schools Native American Education Program Manager Gail T. Morris and the Huchoosedah Indian Education team provides teacher resources and trainings to help school communities recognize and honor Native American heritage and support student identity safety. View the Huchoosedah Indian Education webpage

    What is Identity Safety? Identity safe classrooms are those in which teachers strive to ensure students that their social identities are an asset rather than a barrier to success in the classroom. Acknowledging students’ identities, rather than trying to be colorblind, can build the foundation for strong positive relationships. This, coupled with challenging opportunities to learn, can help all students begin to feel they are welcomed, supported, and valued as members of the learning community.

    District Native American Heritage Month Proclamation

    Superintendent speaks from the board dias during the proclamation at the board meeting.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 shaped the social, political, environmental, cultural and economic fabric of Seattle; and,

    WHEREAS, state law and Seattle School Board curriculum adoption mandates Since Time Immemorial, the teaching of Washington State tribal history, culture and government in K-12 schools; which 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, Seattle Public Schools, do hereby proclaim November 2019 to be

    Native American Heritage Month

    and November 29, 2019 as

    Native American Heritage Day

    in Seattle Public Schools, and we encourage all people in our district and city to join the district in this special observance.

    Signed:
    Superintendent Denise Juneau