SCIA: Examining The Needs of Early Childhood Education in Indian Country

From the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, here.

Today the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held an oversight hearing on the importance of Early Childhood Development and Education in Indian Country – one of the first in a series of hearings examining the critical state of education in Indian Country.

“As a former educator, I know first-hand the impacts that a quality education can have on young folks throughout their lives, and I believe that improving those opportunities can be a starting point for addressing many of the issues that are too prevalent across Indian Country,” said Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT).

You can watch the hearing and see the written testimony here.  We will also put the testimony in our Resources section under Congressional Materials.

Tribe helps rewrite national textbook on Quileute lore

From the Peninsula Daily News, here.  An excerpt:

An international textbook company has rewritten a children’s book on traditional Quileute stories with the help of a Quileute teacher and the Tribal Council.

A freshly rewritten paperback book, Quileute Legends, will be released next year as part of the third-grade curriculum literacy book set after members of the tribe discovered errors in the stories that were distributed nationwide.

In preparation for the 2013 school year, Quileute School ordered a new set of books from McGraw-Hill textbook publishers as part of a curriculum overhaul.

When the order arrived, Quileute Tribal Council member Justin “Rio” Jaime, then the school’s Quileute culture and language instructor, discovered that the third-grade reading packet included Quileute Legends, a thin paperback book written by New York author Yoko Mia Hirano and published in 2007.

“It was quite a surprise. We didn’t know this book was out there,” Jaime said.

Jaime read through the short book.

“I don’t recognize these stories,” he said.

The stories started and ended correctly but were muddled in the middle, Jaime added.

NASA Awards Nearly $3 Million to Tribal Colleges

From NativeNewsOnline, here. A quote:

WASHINGTON— NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has awarded nearly $3 million in new cooperative agreements to four Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) across the United States to enhance learning through the use of the agency’s Earth science resources.

The award is made through the NASA Innovations in Climate Education-Tribal (NICE-T) activity. The selected institutions are:

  • College of Menominee Nations, Keshena, Wisconsin

  • Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, North Dakota

  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Cloquet, Minnesota

  • Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Montana