Preserving Tribal Languages Roundtable (language)

Executive Director of White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education to Discuss Successes and Challenges of Preserving Tribal Languages at Sitting Bull College’s Lakhotiyapi Summer Institute

William Mendoza, executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, will participate in Sitting Bull College’s seventh annual Lakhotiyapi (Lakota language) Summer Institute and will convene a roundtable of tribal leaders, students, educators, higher education officials and others to discuss successes and challenges in language preservation. The roundtable will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14, in the Science and Technology Center on campus. Mendoza will hear about the tribal education department’s efforts to leverage tribal, local and federal resources to preserve the Lakota language.

 The reoccurring concern that Mendoza and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have heard during numerous tribal consultations with leaders in the American Indian and Alaska Native education communities was the importance of language preservation. According to feedback from these sessions, tribal communities believe that it is a fundamental right of people everywhere to be able to speak their native tongue, and there should be no difference for Native people.

 Administration officials and Secretary Duncan have engaged directly with tribal officials on a range of educational issues important to Indian Country. Today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued a Secretarial Order that calls for the restructuring of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). The BIE will become a provider of education services and resources to tribal communities operating the schools rather than being a school operator itself, and all BIE-funded schools will become tribally operated. The move will help ensure that American Indian and Alaska Native children are prepared for college and careers, while also giving them more access to language and history classes that honor their heritage. The new organizational changes also will give tribal communities a stronger voice in policy decisions that will affect their students’ educational future. In addition, President Obama’s Opportunity for All: My Brother’s Keeper Blueprint for Action report was released recently, outlining a set of initial recommendations and a blueprint for action to expand opportunities for boys and young men of color and help all young people succeed, including Native boys and young men.  


William Mendoza, executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education

Tribal leaders, students, educators and college officials


Community roundtable on the successes and challenges of language preservation


Sitting Bull College

Science and Technology Center

9299 Highway 24

Fort Yates, N.D.


10 a.m. CT, June 14, 2014

Another Students Graduation Rights Case (education/action request)

This is a news story from last year.  Apparently things have not changed according to the Karuk Tribal Education Director.

Siskiyou High School District

Superintendent Mike Matheson

(530) 926-3006 ex.104  

Happy Camp High School 

Principal : Angelika Brown



Yreka high school info

(530)842-6151 Principal Marie Caldwell

(530) 842-2521 Superintendent Mark Greenfield

Siskiyou County Office Of Education

Kermith Walters, Superintendant

(530) 842-8400

Anti-***skins Commercial (mascot)

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation has bought airtime in seven major cities during halftime of tonight's NBA Finals Game 3 for a one-minute spot criticizing the Redskins team name, and calling for it to be changed. Here's the extended two-minute version of the "Proud to Be" video, produced by the National Congress of American Indians back in January, leading up to the Super Bowl.

The Californian tribe wouldn't say how much the airtime cost, only that it's a "significant investment." The spot will run in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, and ran in Miami during Game 2. Seems like a good time to retire the "No Native Americans have a problem with the name" argument

Dann Sisters (environment/profile)

TV Premiere Tonight!: 'American Outrage,' Dann Sisters Documentary

ICTMN Staff 6/7/14

At 8 PM Eastern tonight (June 7) on Free Speech TV, the documentary American Outrage will have its television premiere. The film tells the story of the Dann Sisters, who fought the U.S. government, specifically the Bureau of Land Management, beginning in 1973, over their right to farm on land that is theirs by treaty. American Outrage was directed by Beth and George Gage, and is narrated by Mary Steenburgen.

HOW TO WATCH: Free Speech TV is channel 9415 on Dish Network and channel 348 on DirecTV. It is also available on Roku, and the website carries a live streaming feed of the channel as well.

For more information on the Danns, read ICTMN's obituaty for Mary Dann from 2005.


Native Language Summit (language)

2014 Native Languages Summit: Working Together for Native American Language Success

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The Departments of the Interior, Health and Human Services, and Education invite tribal and school administrators implementing Native language activities...

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The Departments of the Interior, Health and Human Services, and Education invite tribal and school administrators implementing Native language activities and receiving funding from the Administration for Children and Families, the Bureau of Indian Education, and/or the Department of Education to a Native Languages Summit being held on June 20, 2014.


The conference is coordinating federal partners and Native education stakeholders working with Native language programs to discuss methods for improving accountability for educational progress and measurable success. The Summit’s goal is to ensure the preservation and acquisition of Native languages, so Native youth can learn and revitalize their linguistic and cultural heritage and improve their educational outcomes. Attendees will discuss challenges and best practices for measuring and preserving oral and written Native languages.


 Important Information

  • Meeting Date: June 20, 2014
  • Location: Double Tree Hotel Crystal City; Arlington, VA
  • Registration Deadline: May 30, 2014
  • Registration Submission: Please click HERE

For additional questions, please contact:  877-922-9262.




An excellent brief from the WIDA Consortium about America Indian Students who are also English Language Learners (ELL)

Focus on American Indian English Language Learners May 2014

“Language is a huge part of your culture. It is really hard to have one without the other” —David O’Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (2013)

The purpose of this WIDA Bulletin is to help educators make connections and provide contexts to deepen an awareness of the complexity and diversity of American Indian students identified as ELLs. To help achieve this objective, several guiding principles are presented that emerged from an interview conducted with Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy and American Indians Studies Consultant, David O'Connor. In addition to explanations of each guiding principal, a discussion tool is provided that can be used in your local context about how these guiding principles can impact your classroom and guide your instruction.

Native American grads allowed to wear eagle feathers (education)

Lemoore High's Native American grads allowed to wear eagle feathers

 A civil rights controversy involving the right of Native American students to wear an eagle feather with their caps and gowns at graduation erupted at Lemoore High in the days leading up to Thursday night's commencement ceremony.

School administrators had told eight Native American seniors — a record number to graduate at the same time from Lemoore High — that the eagle feathers would be banned.

Hours before the graduation ceremony, the administration relented and allowed Native American graduates, of whom seven are enrolled members of the Tachi tribe near Lemoore, to wear eagle feathers.

The students had told parents and relatives that Principal Rodney Brumit said the school's "no adornment" policy for graduation caps and gowns would be enforced.

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Hupa Woman Teaches Healthy Cooking (health)

Tucked away in far northern California, in Humboldt County, is the small community of Hoopa. With just 3,000 people, it’s the big city on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation.

Like other Native American groups, the Hupa suffer from high rates of obesity and diabetes. That’s where Meagan Baldy comes in. She runs the Hoopa Community Garden and sought to educate her fellow Hupa people about eating local, traditional foods. But trying to change people’s habits is never easy.

She started by offering a “farm box” – a box of free produce, whatever is in season. But people failed even to pick up their boxes. Baldy discovered that people didn’t know how to prepare most produce.

Serving the vegetables to her own family was a battle at first, so it must have been for others as well, Baldy reasoned. So, she snuck in greens and tried cooking them in creative ways.

When she posted a picture of kale and eggs to Facebook, people asked her how she made it.

From there, the brainstorm: Baldy launched her own YouTube channel — Cooking Healthy in Indian Country — to show people how to cook easy, nutritious meals for their families.

Last Diné Code Talker

He Was Their Last Original Voice, Code Talker Chester Nez Walks On


World War II has been over for more than 65 years, and the outcome of that war has largely been credited to the work of the original 29 Navajo code talkers. Today, the last survivor, Chester Nez walked on according to family members speaking He was 93.

For more than a decade the Navajo veteran had been devoted to educating people about the work that the code talkers did. Even into his 90s, Nez, who signed his name Cpl. Chester Nez, could be seen wearing his code talker uniform at public appearances while sharing the proud history with youth at colleges and schools across the country.

RELATED:At 90, Chester Nez Keeps Alive the Story of Navajo Code Talkers