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International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Through harmonious cultures that frequently link the human world with that of nature in symbiotic and non-destructive ways, indigenous societies across the world have managed to preserve, across generations, a deeply rooted, intelligent, and vibrant knowledge of the natural world.

However, time and again, the history of the world's indigenous peoples has also been marked by colonization, brutality, and cultural appropriation and extermination, as well as by outright theft of their lands and resources. Even today, indigenous peoples are still often marginalized, excluded or "othered" from society as they speak up to fight against the destruction or misuse of their lands and monuments.

Yet there is now concerted effort worldwide to both honor and support indigenous people. Commemorating the historic meeting of the first United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982, International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (August 9) provides us with the chance to promote the rights of Indigenous People worldwide, while also amplifying their voices, cultures, and accomplishments. In these days of increased concern over climate change, the knowledge and commitment of many indigenous peoples to sustainability and biodiversity may in fact prove crucial to protecting the earth for future generations.



Observing Wounded Knee Day

Also known as Wounded Knee Day of Reflection, Wounded Knee Day honors the memory of the over 200 (some estimate as many as 300) Lakota Sioux men, women, and children who were massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

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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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