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    Land Acknowledgement with Southern Lushootseed

    image of poster reading "Native Vote 2020, Democracy is Indigenous"image of poster reading "Democracy is Indigenous, Register to Vote at"Native Vote 2020 Initiative

    Register to vote! “At the local level, elections are often won by a few thousand or even a few hundred votes, in cities with Native populations, each vote is critical and Native people can absolutely make a difference in those elections. This year’s election is the most important of our lifetime and our Urban Indian communities must play an active and engaged role in the electoral process.”— Janeen Comenote, Executive Director, National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC),

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    Seattle Reads Virtual Event Oct. 27th, Seattle Public Library

    image of The Whale Child book coverDon't miss Seattle Public Library's upcoming Seattle Reads event! Register in advance to join Lummi authors Keith and Chenoa Egawa discussing their book, The Whale Child, on Tuesday, October 27th at 2:00 p.m. PDT.  Learn about the authors and their work.

    Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day All Month!

    Join us in celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day (October 12th) throughout October...and beyond. To help our community learn about contemporary Native Americans and Washington State tribal history, Seattle Public Schools' Native American Education Program staff curated a collection of Indigenous Peoples' Day Resources.

    Are you searching for a video, read aloud, book or article to share with your students, family or friends? Or need ideas for a class lesson? This is for you!

    View Indigenous Peoples' Day Resources

    Superintendent Juneau Signs Indigenous Peoples' Day Proclamation

    Celebrated across Seattle Public Schools, October 12, 2020 is Indigenous Peoples' Day. All schools are encouraged to support the well-being and growth of American Indian and Indigenous students and recognize the contributions of Native Peoples. Read the Indigenous Peoples' Day Proclamation.

    Salmon Homecoming Celebration logoSalmon Homecoming Virtual School Days  

    Salmon Homecoming Virtual School Days kicked off Oct. 15th! Since 1992, each fall the Salmon Homecoming Celebration commemorates the return of salmon to our local waters and introduces attendees to Coast Salish cultural activities. Access videos, activities and download the Salmon Homecoming student workbook at your convenience by visiting Salmon Homecoming Virtual School Days. Videos include:

    • Welcome - Muckleshoot Indian Tribe's Canoe Family
    • Salmon Homecoming Dive - Seattle Aquarium
    • Wolf Haven Sanctuary Visit - Wolf Haven International
    • sčədadxʷ (salmon) - Salmon Defense's animated short film featuring Billy Frank Jr.
    • Science Careers & Studying Juvenile Steelhead - Seattle City Light
    • Salmon Problems: Saving Salmon in the Pacific Northwest - Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
    • Old Cows, New Tricks - Stillaguamish Tribe, The Nature Conservancy of Washington, Janicki Corporation & Natural Milk Dairy 

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    SPS Native American Education Program

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    Welcome to Huchoosedah  

    Native Education is a referral service. We work with students, parents and guardians, teachers, principals, and SPS departments on a case-by-case basis to address the broad scope of needs our Native students face. We want every family to understand how to navigate the district's resources and support all schools in understanding the unique experience Native students face interacting with our system. Our goal is to ensure all Native students have a high-quality educational experience and reach the goal of graduation.

    Please call or email us! We are here to help, problem solve, and inspire.

    Listening to the Experiences of our Families: BIPOC, Bilingual, and Special Education Community Forums 

    The next Native American and Pacific Islander Special Education Community Forum will be held in late October (date to be determined). Please check back here for details.

    Celebrating Our 2020 Graduates

    We are so proud of our graduates! To honor and celebrate their achievements, each graduate received a custom wool blanket and Huchoosedah paddle necklace. Below, watch two of our amazing students, Rose Glen and Wes Calf Robe, receiving theirs. 


    photo of paddle necklace with Huchoosedah text on top of red-and-white wool blanketphoto of Gail White EagleThe wool blankets were specially designed by Gail White Eagle (Muckleshoot, Chehalis), pictured left, who has been weaving for 25 years.  

    photo of Renee Remlinger-Tee, Louie Gong, Lauren Fonoimoana

    Eighth Generation, a Native-owned Seattle company founded by Louie Gong (Nooksack), created the blankets and paddles. Pictured right: Louie Gong (center) with Native American Education staff Lauren Nabahe Fonoimoana (Paiute-Shoshone, Navajo, Mono), high school re-entry/intervention specialist (right), and Renée Remlinger-Tee, librarian (left).

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    Nathan Hale Student Creates Film about Climate Change Affecting Indigenous Nations

    Interconnected: The Effect of Climate Change on Indigenous Nations is a film produced by Rosie Port, a graduate of Nathan Hale (2020), and her brother Gabe. Rosie created and beautifully produced this powerful film for her Hale Senior Action Project. It is an important piece of student work about issues facing indigenous culture and what individuals can do to reduce their environmental impact.

    Native Education for All: Online Learning Resources

    IllumiNative has partnered with the National Indian Education Association and Amplifier to create Native Education for All, an initiative providing online lesson plans, tools and resources for Pre-K through 8th grade students. Each lesson—available as a downloadable pdf—guides teachers and students through learning about Native American art, culture, history and contemporary life.

    I Am Native Film Honors Students


    I Am Native is a short film (7:38 minutes) showcasing Seattle Public Schools' Native high school students and staff sharing their stories, hopes and dreams for their future. Read more about I Am Native.

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