Last week, Representative Deborah Haaland officially was confirmed by the Senate as the 54th Secretary of the Interior, making her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency. Her historic confirmation provides much-appreciated leadership to the Department tasked with overseeing one-fifth of the Nation’s land, essential resources, national parks, and wildlife refuges. Most significantly, her leadership will influence the Federal responsibilities promised to Tribal Nations, including through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education. You can follow her journey as Secretary on Twitter.
Our Policy Specialist-Tribal Liaison, Sahmie S. Wytewa shared the following about Secretary Haaland’s nomination:
Laguna Pueblo's, Deborah Haaland is amongst a growing number of Indigenous women increasing representation in the halls of the United States government. This appointment further validates the strength, determination, and existence of first peoples.
A matriarch of her pueblo & family, Deborah Haaland was confirmed as the nation's first Native American woman to serve as the Secretary of the Interior. Making history, this appointment is a hefty charge with many of our Native nations observing her Indigenous representation as a natural champion for the land, environment, and federal affairs.
As a fellow Indigenous woman, mother, educator, and member of the Hopi tribe, I look forward to the progress of our nation and the duties entrusted with the 54th Secretary of the Interior. In solidarity, I send strong prayers and energies to the heart of your work. Congratulations Secretary Haaland!
Arizona Department of Education Updates and Resources
Women’s History Month History Maker: Lynnann Yazzie, Native American Specialist at Phoenix Union High School District
Earlier this month, Lynnann Yazzie, a Native American Specialist at Phoenix Union and the Chair of the Arizona Department of Education's Indian Education Advisory Council, was recognized as History Maker as part of our Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s (EDI) celebration of Women’s History Month. You can read more about her and find Women’s History Month resources on our EDI blog.
Women’s History Month
Student Advisor Applications
Applications for Student Advisors for the 2021-2022 school year are now open! Represent your community by applying to be a Student Advisor on one of our many advisory councils below. Remember to apply before the deadline of Friday, April 2, 2021.
Resources and Events from OIE Partners and Stakeholders
UArizona and the Hopi Tribe present Moquis and Kastiilam: Hopis, Spaniards, and the Trauma of History, part of the Hopi History Project
Friday, March 26th at 4:00 pm (AZ time) – Registration: http://bit.ly/Hopi_Project
The Hopi History Project is an ongoing formal collaboration between the University of Arizona and The Hopi Tribe. Our primary goal is to better understand the nearly three centuries of contact and conflict between the Hopis and the Spanish empire, which began with the Coronado expedition in 1540. To do so, we compare and contrast the Spanish colonial documentary record about the "Moquis," the Spanish term for Hopis, with Hopi oral traditions about the "Kastiilam," the Hopi term for Spaniards. For nearly five centuries, records written by outsiders -- European and Euroamerican missionaries, soldiers, and government officials -- have dominated our understanding of the Hopi past. Hopi oral traditions complement and contradict that narrative by providing Hopi narratives about the outsiders who tried to change or destroy them as a people. It is a story of negotiation, resistance, and historical trauma that still affects the Hopi people today.
The first fruits of the project are two volumes published by the University of Arizona Press entitled Moquis and Kastiilam: Hopis, Spaniards. and the Trauma of History. With the assistance of the UA College of Education and Hopi teachers, we are now beginning to develop K-12 curricula to incorporate Hopi historical perspectives within the education of Hopi youth. This Southwest Center seminar, co-sponsored by the Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures, will discuss the project and its objectives. Dr. Tom Sheridan of the UA Southwest Center will provide an overview. Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa of the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office will discuss his interviews with Hopi elders and what the project means to the Hopis themselves. Dr. Jeremy Garcia (Hopi/Tewa) of the UA College of Education will talk about the first stages of curriculum development and our ongoing efforts to decolonize Hopi history.
Inaugural American Indian Youth Disability Summit
Friday, April 2, 2021 at 8:30 am (AZ Time) - Registration: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqd-qgrjgiGNZLigCP2FuowNgoukG7ChxI
Carrying on the theme of resiliency and self-care, the FREE youth summit will focus on the youth experience in American Indian communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and what can be done to help youth adapt during these unprecedented times.
The winner of the 2021 Jim E. Warne Tribal Youth Leadership Award will also be announced during the summit. Presented by Ability 360, Ak-Chin Indian Community Arizona, the Arc of Arizona, Banner University Health Plans, Rehabilitation Services Administration, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, and the University of Arizona Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities.
American Indian Institute: Cooking & More to Combat COVID-19 On-Demand Course
Good self-care has never been more important, and it starts with the food we feed ourselves and our families. This 4-hour pre-recorded Webinar explores the role of food to build strong bodies, promote immunity, and get underlying conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure under control. Community leaders, nutrition experts, health educators, and expert cooks come together to inspire and educate. You will learn the basics of Indigenous plant-based nutrition, meet people who have made the shift and feel great, and see how to make a couple of new dishes, and find out where to see more. There is no charge for this Webinar.
Here’s how it works:
- After registration, you will receive a link to a URL, where you will find 3 videos to watch and a Program Book you can download.
- Between now and May 1, watch each of the 3 videos.
- After the videos, visit the URL we provide to complete an evaluation.
- You will receive a Certificate of Participation from the American Indian Institute.
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