Honoring our Children: Culturally Appropriate Approaches for Teaching Indigenous Students (Dedicated to the Memory of Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley, 1934-2011)

Here. An excerpt from the introduction:

This is the second monograph published by Northern Arizona University emphasizing culture-based education, which seeks to accomplish the melding of Indigenous and Western knowledge and pedagogy to improve school experiences for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. The first book, Honoring Our Heritage: Culturally Appropriate Approaches for Teaching Indigenous Students (Reyhner, Gilbert & Lockard, 2011) was dedicated to the memory of Alaskan educator Dr. Bill Demmert (Tlingit/Ogala Lakota) and included nine chapters
focusing on various aspects of culture-based education. This current volume begins with adaptations of the keynote speeches by Donna Deyhle and Ray Barnhardt at the Honoring Our Heritage: American Indian Teacher Education Conference held on July 13-14, 2012 at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Deyhle
writes in “Listening to Lives: Lessons Learned from American Indian Youth” about what she has learned from three decades working with Navajo children and their families.

SF New Mexican – New app explores New Mexico’s Native American culture

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Curious about New Mexico’s tribes? Now there’s an app to help you learn more about the state’s diverse American Indian culture.

The free iPad application, created by the New Mexico State University, offers interesting facts in a fun format about the state’s 22 pueblos, tribes and nations. The goal is to educate residents about the culture, said Justin McHorse, a director with the university’s American Indian program. He said the idea came from a board game created three years ago that has been used as an educational tool in the classrooms.

And here is an opinion piece on the app, with an excerpt.

Modern kids like using technology to learn — whether driving with family or sitting in the classroom. Providing knowledge about the state’s original inhabitants through the latest technology makes sense, and perhaps use of the app will spread across the country.

One of the best ways to combat ignorance about the continent’s first inhabitants is by the spread of knowledge. Eventually, with knowledge, residents in states with fewer Native communities can begin to understand that Indians are living cultures, not just a relic of history.

MINN Post – Minnesota report focuses on programs that work for Indian students

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At 45.5 percent, Minnesota has the lowest on-time high-school graduation rate for its Native American students of any state in the country. Though acknowledging that hard truth, a new report by the Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now (MinnCAN) reflects hope.

The report, “Native American Student Achievement in Minnesota,” not only focuses on some of the programs that are working for Indian students, but it is also a clear statement of Indian people’s commitment to help their children.

Said Gerard Sorderlet Sr., chairman of the Cloquet Local Indian Education Committee and an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Tribe: “On the reservation we have a lot of addiction and a lot of poverty, and the only thing I know that can change that cycle is education.’’

The Report can be seen here.