Indian Education Act | South Seattle Emerald

by Patheresa Wells

The Highline Public Schools Indigenous Education Program will host a Celebration of Indigenous Voices on Saturday, November 27, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., highlighting and honoring the work of Indigenous land and water protectors and leaders of First Nations food sovereignty. The event will include screenings of two films, AWAKE: A Standing Rock Dream and TO ASSEMBLE, as well as discussions on issues of importance to indigenous communities – including the sacred work of water and land protectors – and the sharing of Highline Indigenous Education.

The Highline Indigenous Education Program is a legacy program established in 1974 with the passage of the Indian Education Act. The program was started as a way to meet the culturally related needs of Native American and Alaska Native students. Since its inception, the program has had its own history of growth, but in 2013 it was relaunched with, as program manager Sara Ortiz puts it, a desire to be “visionary in our approach to Indigenous or Indian education. … to include as many artists, as many custodians of culture, academics, alumni, media creators, [and] language teachers [as possible]. “

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