Native American/Alaskan Native
Native American/Alaskan Native Program - Title VI GrantThe focus and goals of our Native American/Alaskan Native Education Program is to increase knowledge and awareness of the Native American culture through specific Native American content integrated into the current curriculum and to bring a sense of belonging for all Native American and Alaskan Native students. When children feel a sense of belonging and sense of pride in their families, their peers and their communities, they can be emotionally strong, self-assured and able to deal with challenges and difficulties. This creates an important foundation for their learning and development.The Bremerton School District Native American/Alaskan Native Program receives funding through a federal grant from the Office of Indian Education. Our grant funding is based upon the number of Title VI Student Eligibility Certification Form (506 form) received for each active student. All students receive services wether or not they submit a certification.How can this grant help my child?Your child will receive support from our Native American Liaison Janetlyn Plain Bull St. Pierre-Kight. All students will benefit with enriching Native American curriculum integrated into their classroom. Some of our students will partake in a field experience to a local Native American tribe or museum. Native American readings with books that have been written by Native American authors will be read and discussed at all of our elementary schools. Bremerton High School and Mountain View Middle School each have Native American peer groups that meet regularly. Each group plans with the Native American Liaison fun activities that they can do at their meetings or after school.How do I enroll my child?1. Complete the Title VI Student Eligibility form, please make sure to complete the form in its entirety.2. Please have a seperate form for each child3. Return the completed form to your child's school or Bremerton School District Special Programs.What if my child doesn't want or need these services?Enrolling does not obligate your child to receive any services they may not be interested in. It does however increase the amount of financial support available for the program to benefit all children in all our schools. Increasing cultural knowledge, breaking down negative stereotypes and providing a forum for you, the parent/guardian, to express your concerns and ideas about your child's education benefits everyone.
Native American/Alaskan Native LiaisonJanetlyn Plain Bull St. Pierre-Kight - Janetlyn is our Native American/Alaskan Native Outreach Liaison working with our students, families, teachers, and school staff to link families and students with community and school resources and to fullfill our grant goals by increasing knowledge and awareness of the Native American culture and connect Native American students together in activities or group meetings. Janet provides readings of wonderful books by Native American authors, shares her personal journey and works with teachers to provide age appropiate Native American activities for all students to experience. Janet also provides connection and support for students, parents and teachers on events and services provided by the Bremerton School District and Native American community.Native American Parent Advisory CommitteeThe Parent Advisory Committee provides parents and families with information and opportunities to express their views and concerns for the Native American/Alaskan Native Outreach program in the Bremerton School District. The Parent Advisory Committee meets with parents and community three times a year, our next meeting (to be determined).On-Line CurriculumOSPI Indian Education Office has a new web-based Tribal sovereignty on-line curriculum. In 2005, the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1495, which officially recommended inclusion of tribal history in all common schools.
An inquiry based approach with five essential questions:
- How does physical geography affect the distribution, culture, and economic life of local tribes?
- What is the legal status of tribes who negotiated or who did not negotiate settlement for compensation for the loss of their sovereign homelands?
- What were the political, economic, and cultural forces consequential to the treaties that led to the movement of tribes from long established homelands to reservations?
- What are the ways in which tribes responded to the threats to extinguish their cultures and independence, such as missionaries, boarding schools, assimilation policies, and the reservation system?
- What have tribes done to meet the challenges of reservation life? What have these tribes, as sovereign nations, done to meet the economic and cultural needs of their tribal communities?
A place-based approach. Our approach encourages teachers and students to address the essential questions in the context of tribes in their own communities.
An integrated approach. Teachers choose how much time to spend on tribal sovereignty content to complete their units throughout the year. The integrated approach provides three levels of curriculum for each of the OSPI recommended social studies units, each level building on the last. Where appropriate, units build toward successful completion of Content Based Assessments (CBA).Helpful Links
Office of Indian Education to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations.
National Indian Education Association provides comprehensive, culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.
NIEA Scholarship Information the scholarship link
Western Washington Native American Education Consortium a group of public school educators in Western Washington who work with Native American students.
United Indians of All Tribes to provide eduational, cultural and social serivices that connect indigenous people in the Puget Sound region to thier heritage.
American Indian College Fund to increase the number of American Indians who hold college degrees.
Governors Office of Indian Affairs (Washington State Tribal Directory) promotes the goverment to goverment relationship between the State of Washington and Indian Tribes.
Washington Tribes Washington state is home to 29 federally recognized Indian tribes.
Office of Native Education advocates for the academic success of all students under OSPI.
Indian Health Services provides health services to American Indians and Alaskan Native.
National Congress of American Indians serves the broad interests of tribal goveerments and communities.
Pow Wows Native American articles, thousands of events calendar, hundreds of videos and photos.Contact Information:Special Programs and Elementary Education Director360.473.1061Native American Liaison360.271.9124 and 360.473.1059Special Programs Secretary360.473.1077