In this week’s Indigenous Arizona blog, the Office of Indian Education would like to recognize that this weekend, Sunday, June 6th is Native American Day in Arizona. This day is recognized thanks to the legislative efforts of Navajo State Senator Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Window Rock. Her bill recognizing June 2nd, or the Sunday following the date, as Native American Day, was signed into law in April 2018.
Yá’át’ééh, shi éí Brooke Curleyhair yinishyé. ‘Ádóone’ é nishłínígíí’ éí Yé’ íí Dine’ é Táchii’níí nishłí. Bit’ahnii éí báshíchíín. Kinłichiinii éí dashicheii nááná dóó Dibé łizhiinii éí dashinálí.
Hello, my name is Brooke Curleyhair. I am of the Giant People clan, born for the Folded Arm People clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Red House People clan and my paternal grandfather is of the Black Sheep clan.
As the new Program Coordinator for the Office of Indian Education at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), I would love to express my gratitude for being in a position to positively influence Indigenous students across the state. I am a recent graduate of Arizona State University. Receiving both my master’s degree in Educational Policy and Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, it is clear that I am incredibly passionate about both education and serving my local community. With a vision to enhance educational opportunities, I aspire to influence academic policy to ensure success for Native American students through graduation and into careers. I aspire to be an active change agent within ADE and hope to serve Indigenous communities to the best of my ability.
From the Arizona Department of Education
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) partnered with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and the Arizona Department of Health Services to develop a Peer Educator Support Program to provide educators and administrators with free, confidential peer-to-peer counseling. While this does not replace professional counseling, trained peer educators can help their fellow educators and administrators alleviate the pressure that can sometimes lead to destructive behavior. Learn more about this program below and click here to see a shareable flyer!
AZ Educator Peer Support Program
From External Partners and Stakeholders
The National Indian Education Study (NIES) is designed to describe the condition of education for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in the United States. The study provides educators, policymakers, and the public with information about the academic performance in mathematics and reading of American Indian/Alaska Native fourth- and eighth graders as well as their exposure to Native American cultures and languages.
The study is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education (OIE) and conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the U.S. Department of Education. NIES is authorized under Executive Order 13592, Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities, which was issued in 2011 to improve education efforts for American Indian/Alaska Native students nationwide.
Conducted in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015, and 2019, NIES provides data on a nationally representative sample of American Indian/Alaska Native students in public, private, Department of Defense, and Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools. An additional aspect of the study is conducted through surveys to explore the educational experiences of fourth- and eighth-grade American Indian/Alaska Native students based on responses to the NIES student, teacher, and school questionnaires. The surveys focus on the integration of Native languages and cultures into school and classroom activities.
2019 Nation Indian Education Study
Leading and Learning Together
Earlier this year, Governor Ducey signed HB 2705, allowing the use of tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at graduation ceremonies. ADE was proud to support this effort and grateful for the resiliency and advocacy of students like LaRissa Waln, whose high school graduation experience was one of many which led to the introduction of this bill. Read more about these students in this AZ Republic article, Native students finally win the right to wear tribal regalia at graduation ceremonies.