Montana schools observe Native American Heritage Day

Here, from Indianz.  Norma Bixby, a TEDNA Board Member, is recognized for her leadership in Montana Native Education.  An excerpt:

BUSBY, Mont. — Friday, September 26 is recognized across Montana as Native American Heritage Day, a Day to recognize and celebrate Montana Native cultures, history and diversity.

However, schools on and near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation (Northern Cheyenne Tribal Schools, Lame Deer Public Schools, Chief Dull Knife College, Ashland Public Schools and St. Labre Academy, Ashland) expanded the event into Native American Heritage Week during September 22-26. Colstrip Public Schools, located near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation will observe Native American Day on October 3, 2014. Each school crowned both Princesses in recognition of the event. The contestants competed for this honor throughout the week. Schools throughout Montana observed American Heritage Day. . . .

Norma Bixby, Director of Northern Cheyenne Tribal Education, a former State Legislator and recently elected chair of the Montana Advisory Council for Indian Education commented: “I think Montana is the lead state in implementing Indian Education for All. That curriculum is in every school in Montana. I credit Carol Juneau, a State Legislator (Mandan-Hidatsa from the Blackfeet Reservation) who carried that ground-breaking legislation. Montana is also the only state that has constitutional language specifically recognizing Native American contributions. Denise Juneau, State Superintendent of Public Instruction and a Blackfeet tribal member has provided excellent leadership in this area.”

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