Education Is Key to Future Tribal Leadership (education)

Written by Arizona State University at March 2, 2014

Emery Tahy left his home at age 16 after a high school counselor told him he’d be better off learning a trade since he was failing in school. Now he’s finishing his master’s degree at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona while working toward his goal of becoming a tribal leader.

Tahy’s journey through life has taken him from the small Navajo reservation community of Westwater, Utah, to Job Corps where he learned the value of working hard and to the university where he discovered a passion for American Indian Studies.

Learning electrician and iron worker skills through Job Corps served him well after high school, but he always felt like there was something missing from his life. Then the bottom fell out of the economy.

“I learned a lot from that experience and I will always have a trade, but I felt that there was a void. There was something missing,” Tahy said.

When construction work dried up during the recession, he worked for Native American Connections in Phoenix that introduced him to research and aiding American Indians in the city.

“I felt like I would have more opportunities if I had a degree,” he added. “I feel like education is the key to being successful.”

Taking classes at a community college began to fill that void as did transferring to ASU to earn his bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in American Indian Studies.

“I’m really passionate about politics,” he said. “I felt like I was always engaged in what was going on in the world while doing construction, but I felt left out. Education was what was missing.”

American Indian Studies classes taught him about tribal governance and led him to the realization that he could give back to his people and his nation through education. He’ll finish his master’s degree this December.

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Student Spotlight: Education Is Key to Future Tribal Leadership

Phoenix Scholars Program (education/opportunity)

Hi, my name is Taryn Harvey.  I am of the Red House People Clan born for the One Who Walks Around Clan. My maternal grandfather is Irish and my paternal grandfather is of the Bitter Water Clan. I am a freshman at Stanford University and work with an organization called The Phoenix Scholars. Our purpose is to provide assistance and mentorship to low-income, minority, and/or first-generation juniors in high school to guide them through the college application process for their upcoming senior year and throughout their college careers. The Phoenix Scholars was founded by Michael Tubbs, an African American male from Stockton, CA, while he was a sophomore at Stanford. His vision for the organization was for it to primarily be an asset for Black males in the Bay Area.  However, The Phoenix Scholars organization has grown over the years and reached out to a number of minority groups and have made it a primary goal this year to increase the number of our Native American, Alaskan Native, and/or Native Hawaiian applicants.


Thus, every year we reach out to organizations who are actively empowering minority youth to reach higher education. Our goal is to partner with these organizations in order to increase the number of Native American applicants we receive each year and ultimately the number of Native American youth who are attending and succeeding in college each year. If you are interested in learning more about our program and how we help our students access higher education, feel free to contact me through my email:  You can also visit our


The Phoenix Scholars looks forward to working with you and establishing a relationship to help accomplish this mission.  This is a great opportunity to help Native American youth receive a college education.


Thank you!

Taryn Harvey

The Phoenix Scholars

Free Webinar (education)

Happy New Year Everyone!

We are continuing our webinar professional development series for educators of American Indian students, and American Indian Education Centers and Programs.

On this coming Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m, the Region IX Equity Assistance Center will host Ms. Ronalda Warito-Tome who will provide professional development on actively engaging parents in their children's education. Ms. Warito-Tome is a Training Specialist/Advocate with the Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Warito-Tome is a passionate and committed advocate for children and families.

The next message you will receive will contain the log in and dial up information for connecting to the webinar on Monday. Please be prepared to dial in at 9:30 a.m. so that we may start promptly at 10:00 a.m.

We are looking forward to a great session with Ms. Warito-Tome!

Rose Owens-West, Ph.D.
Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd
300 Lakeside Drive, 25th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
510.302.4246 phone
510.302.4242 fax

American Indian Education Webinar (education)

Hello Everyone! Please remember that this coming Friday, November 15, Ms. Nicole Lim, Director of the American Indian Museum and Cultural Center in Santa Rosa, CA will be presenting "Engaging and Empowering Native Youth in Educational Programs". The webinar will begin promptly at 10 and last 90 minutes, ending at 11:30.

We will send you the information for the link to the webinar and the powerpoint so that you may download it later this week. Please test your computer for access to WebEx prior to the webinar on Friday.  The link for testing your access is:

Test your ability to access the session PRIOR to the start of the event by clicking on this “Test Meeting” URL. To ensure access to WebEx, please utilize the following link to test your computer today:

Please contact your tech help if you are not able to connect to the test meeting.

**Note: If you have special access needs (e.g., you have a hearing impairment and need alternative access for the audio), please contact Ms. Anu Advani ASAP so we can make the appropriate arrangements. 

Again, we will start promptly at 10 am and end at 11:30.

Contact us if you have any questions.


Rose Owens-West, Ph.D.
Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd
300 Lakeside Drive, 25th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
510.302.4246 phone
510.302.4242 fax



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Top American Indian Board Books for the Youngest Readers:

Baby Learns about Colors, by Beverly Blacksheep.

Boozhoo, Come Play With Us, by Deanna Himango

I See Me, by Margaret Manuel

Learn the Alphabet with Northwest Coast Art

Our Journey, by Lyz Jaakola

Welcome Song for Baby: A lullaby for newborns, by Richard Van Camp

Cradle Me, by Debby Slier


Top 10 American Indian Books for Elementary School:

Campbell, Nicola. Shi-shi-etko

Campbell, Nicola. Shin-chi's Canoe

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story

Harjo, Joy. The Good Luck Cat

Messinger, Carla. When the Shadbush Blooms

Ortiz, Simon J. The Good Rainbow Road/Rawa 'kashtyaa'tsi hiyaani: A Native American Tale

Sockabasin, Allen J. Thanks to the Animals

Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Jingle Dancer

Tingle, Tim. Crossing Bok Chitto (also When Turtle Grew Feathers and Saltypie)

Waboose, Jan Bourdeau. SkySisters


Top 10 American Indian Books for Middle School:

Bruchac, Joseph. Hidden Roots

Carvell, Marlene. Who Will Tell My Brother?

Dorris, Michael. Sees Behind Trees.

Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House

Loyie, Larry. As Long as the Rivers Flow: A Last Summer before Residential School

Ortiz, Simon. The People Shall Continue

Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Indian Shoes

Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Rain Is Not My Indian Name

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. High Elk's Treasure

Sterling, Shirley. My Name is Seepeetza


Top 10 American Indian Books for High School:

Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Broker, Ignatia. Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative

Carlson, Lori Marie (ed.). Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today

Deloria, Ella C. Waterlily

Kenny, Maurice (ed.). Stories for a Winter's Night: Fiction by Native American Writers

King, Thomas. One Good Story, That One

Ortiz, Simon J. Men on the Moon: Collected Short Stories

Tapahonso, Luci. Blue Horses Rush In: Poems and Stories

Taylor, Drew Hayden. The Night Wanderer

Van Camp, Richard. The Lesser Blessed


Top Resources and Materials on Boarding Schools.