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Celebrating Native American Heritage in November

With over 9 million Native Americans in the United States today, from over 500 different federally recognized tribes, and with 29 of those tribes within the state of Washington, PSESD is proud to have the opportunity to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, it's an opportunity to pay tribute to the diversity, rich ancestry, and traditions of Native Americans in our districts. 

This is also an opportunity to be thoughtful and mindful of the words we use about indigenous peoples. While the term "Native American" is most commonly used today, many Native American people prefer to be called by their own specific tribal names, and still other Native people may prefer the terms "Indigenous American" or "American Indian" instead. 

To continue to spotlight awareness and bridge cultural differences, PSESD's Native American Education Program partners with four Pierce County school districts to provide cultural, social-emotional, and educational support to students and families with Native American heritage. The program works with over 600 K-12 students in the Franklin Pierce, Peninsula, Sumner, and University Place school districts. Programming includes small-group visits with students during the school day to learn and talk about Native history, contemporary issues, and culture today, and the staff who work with high school students support them on college and career readiness, graduation support, scholarship hunting, and letters of recommendations. 

The "Since Time Immemorial" curriculum trainings, meanwhile, work with districts to train teachers on the OSPI required Native American STI curriculum at all grade levels.  

Useful links for more information:

https://www.psesd.org/programs-services/learning-teaching-and-family-support-ltfs/enhancing-equitable-systems/native-american-education-program 

https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/ 

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Celebrating Native American Heritage in November

With over 9 million Native Americans in the United States today, from over 500 different federally recognized tribes, and with 29 of those tribes within the state of Washington. PSESD is proud to have the opportunity to celebrate Native American Heritage Month (also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month) and pay tribute to the diversity, rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans in our districts. 

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