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    National American Indian Heritage Month
    Posted on 11/03/2017

    District Celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month

    Throughout November, we celebrate American Indian Heritage Month as an opportunity to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories and acknowledge the important contributions of America's first peoples.

    There are 29 federally recognized Native American tribes in Washington state. On November 1, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee, released his Proclamation for Native American Heritage Month. Read Governor Inslee's proclamation on the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs website.

    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 Seattle Public Schools community identify as Native American/Alaskan Native – from students and teachers to principals and associate principals.

    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 Teacher Resources.

    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.