Announcement: Starting in May, the Office of Indian Education’s (OIE) weekly blog will become a biweekly blog. The blog will still feature great resources, events and updates from the Arizona Department of Education and its Office of Indian Education.
Arizona Department of Education Updates and Resources
With the recent passage of HB2705, ADE is grateful that Native American students' rights to wear tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at graduation ceremonies have been solidified. All students should be entitled to publicly acknowledge their heritage, especially during educational milestones. Learn more: https://www.azed.gov/oie/tribal-regalia-graduations.
Resources and Events from External Partners and Stakeholders
National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Announces the Launch of Good Medicine Bundles
In partnership with Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), NIEA is excited to announce the launch of our “Good Medicine Bundles,” culture-based resources developed for the Operation Prevention platform. The elementary and middle school lessons address the nation’s opioid crisis and encourage resiliency through a Native approach to balance and wellness. They are designed to help students understand how their connection to community and nature can restore balance and support better decision-making. The bundles combine traditional storytelling, the medicine wheel, and other Native practices of wellness with the insights of modern science to help students develop a better response to trauma and stressors.
Culture-based Prevention Resources: Good Medicine Bundles
Warrior Women Film & Speaker Panel (Free Virtual Event)
Sunday, May 2, 2021, at 4:00 pm (PT) – Registration: tinyurl.com/WarriorWomenandSpeakerPanel
The film Warrior Women is about the life of Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna Thunder Hawk. The purpose of the screening of Warrior Women is to offer an event in honor of our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW) by sharing Madonna Thunder Hawk’s story of indigenous matriarchal strength during her involvement in the American Indian Movement.
The film "Warrior Women" will begin at 4:00 PM, and after the movie, there will be a panel of speakers which includes Arizona Senator Victoria Steele, Andrea Carmen from the International Indigenous Treaty Council, Selso Villegas from Tohono O'odham Nation, and Amy Juan from the International Indigenous Treaty Council. Through our 4-speaker panel, this storytelling event is intended to continue the narratives of Indigenous women (or the Indigenous women in the speaker's life) who empower other Indigenous women to continue the hard work in the face of modern colonialism that has evolved the epidemic of #MMIW and other contemporary Indigenous issues that intersect #MMIW such as Indigenous groups defending their land such as in South Dakota (#NoDAPL), or their direct work in #MMIW, for example.
There will be a 10-minute intermission break and the film panel moderator and speaker panel will be introduced by AISF Program Manager Lourdes Escalante (Yaqui) at 5:15 PM. The film panel moderator will be Melodie Lopez (Hopi/Navajo/Pueblo, President of Indigenous Strategies, LLC, and Co-Founder of H.O.N.O.R. Collective) and she will introduce the speaker panel.
ASU: INSPIRE Program
July 12–16, 2021
INSPIRE is a no-cost, week-long, college readiness program for American Indian/Alaska Native high school students. During the week, students develop academic and personal success behaviors through culturally relevant, project-based learning while connecting with ASU American Indian students, staff, and faculty.
Apply by May 31st at https://na.eventscloud.com/inspire2021.
UArizona: Indigenous Teacher Education Program’s (ITEP) Mobilizing Decolonial Praxis
June 21-22, 2021 from 9AM - 3PM – Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mobilizing-decolonial-praxis-tickets-147193673239
The conference, Indigenous Teacher Education: Mobilizing Decolonial Praxis, will premiere critical Indigenous education efforts that mobilize a decolonial praxis in schools and communities serving Indigenous students. The goals of the conference are to 1) share ITEP teachers' efforts in indigenizing and decolonizing curriculum and pedagogy; 2) contextualize the ways in which educators develop a critical Indigenous consciousness that engages justice-centered pedagogies, and 3) create opportunities for participants to engage critical dialogues that furthers the goal of mobilizing decolonial praxis.
Our goal in ITEP is to prepare Indigenous teachers to engage in transformative teaching and learning practices that consider the unique cultural and political contexts of Indigenous communities. ITEP supports educators in developing a curriculum that is driven by historical and contemporary issues impacting Indigenous communities to cultivate the next generation of critical Indigenous educators.