Save the Date – TEDNA & First Alaskans Institute Education Forum on June 8, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska

At the NCAI Mid-Year Meeting, TEDNA & the First Alaskans Institute will host an education roundtable/think tank session on June 8 from 2:00pm-4:00pm in Anchorage, Alaska at room Tikahtnu AC in the Dena’ina Convention Center. The education session will focus on self-determination in American Indian/Alaska Native education generally, with an emphasis on what direction self-determination in Alaska Native education may take in the future. The conversation will help Alaska Native education stakeholders understand what role American Indian Tribal Education departments play in education and provide a forum for developing a vision to empower Alaska Native education in every community. The Agenda is here. There will be free food and drink at this unique think tank discussion.

Montana School District to Redraw District Lines after Losing Voting Rights Act Case to Native Voters

Here, from Turtle Talk.

Here are the materials in Jackson v. Wolf Point School District (D. Mont.) (from the ALCU site):

Final Order
Judge Strong’s Recommendations
Consent Decree
Complaint

Press Release

From the ACLU site:

In January 2014, Wolf Point School District officials conceded voting districts challenged in August 2013 violate the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. A settlement with the district calls for electing one board member from each of five voting districts to serve on the high school and elementary school boards and one member elected at-large district-wide to serve only on the high school board. Each of the new single-member districts will have populations that vary no more than 1.54 percent. This is a significant change from the existing system in which members of the majority white voting district have been electing one board member for every 143 residents and those in the majority Native American district have been electing one board member for every 841 residents. The settlement will be implemented over two years. The ACLU of Montana and the ACLU National Voting Rights Project sued the Wolf Point High School District in U.S. District Court in 2013 on behalf of seven Native American voters whose right to equal representation was being violated by these malapportioned school district voting districts that give some voters greater representation on the school board. The old districts violated the U.S. Voting Rights Act because they deprived Native Americans of the equal right to participate in the political process and elect representatives of their choice.

News coverage here.

Alaska Native Languages Bill Clears Final House Committee

Here, from Alaska Public Media. An excerpt:

The House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday unanimously passed House Bill 216 from Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, less than a week after some Republicans on the panel raised concerns about the bill’s potential ramifications.

Tlingit elder Selina Everson teared up during public testimony.

“Our language is our very being. It’s our culture,” Everson said. “We were brought up with such respect to each other, to the Tlingit people, the Haida people, the Tsimshian people, the Yup’ik, the whole state of Alaska with all the different languages being spoken. It would be an honor to be recognized.”