Colorado House Education Committee passes a bill to limit Native American mascots

Here is an article from the Boulder Daily Camera on this.  Here and here are other articles. We previously posted about this here, where you can see the actual bill.   Matthew Campbell, a staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund, testified on TEDNA’s behalf in support of the bill.  You can see his testimony here.  An excerpt:

Studies also show that the continued use of American Indian mascots is harmful to all students, not just American Indian students. Schools take on the role of educating and influencing students. By using American Indian mascots, schools are teaching students that stereotyping minority groups is an acceptable practice, further legitimizing discrimination against American Indians. These images perpetuate misrepresentations portraying American Indians as a “culture of people frozen in time.”For many non Indian students with little contact with Indigenous peoples, a mascot may be the only Indian encounter they have in their lives. Non-Indian students come to rely on these stereotypes to inform their own understanding of American Indians’ place in society, often times leading to discriminatory behavior.

Michigan Tribal Education Directors’ Conference, April 14-16

Here is the save the date. The information:

With support of several local Indigenous Educational Organizations, the Michigan Tribal Education Directors (MTED) hope to foster relationships that provide direct contact with decision makers from all areas of education. Our goal is to strengthen the web of opportunity, both educationally and culturally, for all students currently being served in Michigan schools.

We strongly encourage both Native and non-Native stakeholders to Come, Learn, and Participate: Superintendents, Program Directors, Principals, Teachers, Counselors and Social Workers, Tribal Councils, Tribal Education Directors, Native Parents, Native Student Organizations and Tribal Colleges.

We hope to include you as we continue to strengthen partnerships in the new era of Native Education for all. Breakout sessions include implementing the most effective methodologies for teaching Native students including such topics as historical trauma and tribal sovereignty curriculum.

Whether you teach Native students, are a Native educator, or work for a government or non-profit education agency, you’ll leave the Educators Conference having fostered relationships and strengthened the web of opportunity—educational and cultural—for all students.

April 14 –16, 2015
Silver Creek Event Center
Four Winds Casino Resort
New Buffalo, Michigan

BIE Consultation and Comments

The Bureau of lndian Education (BIE) will be conducting consultation meetings to obtain oral and written comments on the restructuring of the BIE. The consultation meetings are a continuation of tribal consultations conducted by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Education in 2014.

DATES: See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document for dates of tribal consultation sessions. We will consider all comments received by May 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document for the locations of these tribal consultation sessions. Submit comments by mail or hand-deliver written comments to:

Jacquelyn Cheek, Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Indian Education
1849 C Street, NW, Mailstop 4657-MIB
Washington, DC 20240
facsimile: (202) 208-3112; or e-mail to:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacquelyn Cheek, Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Indian Education, telephone: (202) 208-6983.

To see the notice and supplementary information, click here.

Executive Director, Quinton Roman Nose’s Testimony to the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee on FY 16 Budget

Here is Mr. Roman Nose’s Testimony, which he will be presenting on March 25, 2015.  An excerpt:

TEAs are in a unique position to halt and reverse the negative outcomes for Native students. TEAs have already proven that they are capable of improving Native American student outcomes. For example, the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, one of the STEP grantees, has a science, technology, and math program, among many other education programs, that serves approximately 250 Chickasaw students. Ninety percent of senior students participating in the program enroll in college. Through the STEP grant, Chickasaw has already put in place the framework to improve student outcomes and attendance. For example, before the co-governance model was in place, several Native American students were falling through the cracks and being expelled. Now, the Chickasaw Nation has stepped in to move expelled students into other alternative high school programs. Through this process, Local Education Agencies (“LEAs”) now understand that this is exactly the type of situation that the Chickasaw Nation TEA can address before the expulsion stage so intervention services can be provided, such as counseling, to students that are at risk.

Free Webinar: Is Your Tribe Prepared for Tribal Governance in Education: Laws, Codes, Infrastructure & Personnel

TEDNA is proud to present:

Is Your Tribe Prepared for Tribal Governance in Education: Laws, Codes, Infrastructure & Personnel

A free webinar presented by Melody McCoy, NARF
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2pm MDT

  1. To join our webinar, follow this link a few minutes prior to the start time:
  2. Keep the “Enter As Guest” button selected, enter your name and your affiliation Example: Skuya Zephier (TEDNA)
  3. Click Enter Room
  4. A box will pop up explaining tips for using Adobe Connect as  guest, including directions to ask a question and viewing the shared screen.
  5. When finished, click the x in the corner of the tips box. You are now logged in.
  6. There is no call in information, the audio will all be online and through your computer.  Make sure you have your computer speakers turned on.
  7. That is it, you are now able to watch the webinar on your computer!

Please join us on Friday afternoon! If you are unable to do so, the webinar will be available here at the following week.

Muscogee Creek Nation’s ‘1790 Treaty Of New York’ On Display In Washington

From Oklahoma’s News on 6, here.  An excerpt:


A Creek Nation delegation was in Washington, D.C. Monday for the unveiling of a new display featuring the tribe’s 1790 Treaty of New York.

The treaty is a part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Nation to Nation Treaties exhibit.

The 1790 Treaty of New York was the first treaty between the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the newly formed U.S. government.

“This is a historic moment recognizing the relationship we’ve had with the U.S. for a number of centuries.  The 1790 Treaty of New York is a living testament of what our ancestors accomplished, endured and negotiated for the well-being of the Muscogee (Creek) people and the Mvskoke way of life,” said Muscogee Nation Cultural Center and Archives Interim Director Justin Giles.