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  1. 1. Our School Library and Indian Education for All Working with the Mandate Presented to the Board of Trustees of the Big City School District Big City, Montana April 14, 2014
  2. 2. School districts in Montana are constitutionally bound to implement IEFA in their classrooms The Montana State Constitution (Article X), state law and court decisions have helped shape the direction of Indian Education efforts. Source: Montana OPI Social Studies Model Lesson Plan
  3. 3. From the 1972 Montana Constitution – Article X Section 1. Educational goals and duties. (1) It is the goal of the people to establish a system of education which will develop the full educational potential of each person. Equality of educational opportunity is guaranteed to each person of the state.  (2) The state recognizes the distinct and unique cultural heritage of American Indians and is committed in its educational goals to the preservation of their cultural integrity.
  4. 4. Legal Challenges to Article X  The amendment has been debated and tied to school funding issues. See Columbia Falls School Dist. v. State (2004) – School Funding Lawsuit (Columbia Falls lost)  Montana Code Annotated Sec. 20-9-309 now focuses on the school district’s mission and IEFA:  A "basic system of free quality public elementary and secondary schools" means:  (c) educational programs to implement the provisions of Article X, section 1(2), of the Montana constitution and Title 20, chapter 1, part 5, through development of curricula designed to integrate the distinct and unique cultural heritage of American Indians into the curricula, with particular emphasis on Montana Indians.  Source: Montana OPI Social Studies Model Lesson Plan
  5. 5. It should be the intent of the Big City Schools library not only to comply with the letter of the law, but to implement the spirit of the law. Fact: There were 100 delegates in the 1972 Constitutional Convention. 19 of these delegates were women.
  6. 6. Montana’s Native American Tribes (7 separate reservations host 12 distinct nations) Note: The Little Shell Chippewa Tribe does not have any land allocation in Montana, therefore it is not shown on this map.
  7. 7. Montana Tribal Nation Seals
  8. 8. IEFA Resources available to our library Books / eBooks Audio-visual sources: DVDs, CDs, VHS, MP3 files Maps and atlases A current list of online resources for Montana tribes Loose leaf and spiral bound materials and pamphlets Tribal newspapers
  9. 9. Great Sources for our Montana Tribes Collection Montana OPI – great resources, well researched and documented Continuing search for authentic fiction / non-fiction by Native authors (books, DVDs, audio) Continuing search for Montana Tribe related materials Scholarly works for reference materials Maintain a current list of electronic online resources from trusted sources (e.g., www.montanatribes.org) Maintain current list of Montana Tribe Websites
  10. 10. Montana OPI and IEFA  OPI is a major and highly reliable resource offering many educational materials and help for teachers and schools  Background resources: Publications, videos, and Web links  Various resources for early childhood education  Curriculum resources  Professional development resources and opportunities  Montana Content Standards and Assessments information  Specific curriculum and cross-curriculum resources  OPI also offers grants to school district for approved projects ($1,000 to $15,000)
  11. 11. Arranging and Cataloging our IEFA Collection  Cataloging American Indian materials  Traditional Dewey Classification is 970.XX  Alternative: Reclassify materials based on secondary topic for Dewey and then mark “IEFA” on Destiny sub-location  Shelving and displaying the collection  The only way the IEFA collection will get attention is to PROMINATELY DISPLAY IT  There should be separate bookcases in the library to house the collection with signs indicating Montana Tribes Information
  12. 12. National History Day  National History Day is a nationwide competition for primary and secondary school students.  Students must choose a historical topic and do authentic primary and secondary source research on it  Students will present their findings in any number of formats: papers, exhibits, documentaries, Websites, or performances  Competitions are held at the local, state, and national levels  The final competition is held in June of each year at the University of Maryland What is it all about?
  13. 13. Our Montana Tribes Collection and National History Day  The library will set up poster displays highlighting many of the accomplishments of Native Americans  A biography section will list famous Native Americans in a poster display researched by students  A map will show contact points between Montana tribes and homesteaders and traders through recorded history  Library classes will be encouraged to write and produce a short (5 to 10 minutes) documentary or drama about some aspect of a Montana Tribe  Books about Montana Tribes and the time period will be displayed in all the showcases throughout the school
  14. 14. Celebrating Native American Heritage Month  Native American Heritage Month  November has been designated as Native American Heritage month nationwide  Activities  One day each week should be designated as a Native American Heritage Day  Activities will include wearing clothing and costumes, making Native food dishes, visits from Tribal elders in the area  Library will feature Native American stories read aloud  Special assembly with dancers and mini pow wow for students and parents
  15. 15. Involving our Community in the Library  Marketing the Library  A Public Relations campaign is critically important  Specific Activities  Have a “senior library day” for the community each week  Open the collection to community use / borrowing  Get a column in the local newspaper discussing the library and specifically the Montana Tribes collection  Be willing to host small groups within the library before or after school hours  Support the community and it will support you
  16. 16. The Library’s Montana Tribes Collection and the Budget  Library Budget  A certain percentage of the budget should be allocated to expanding the IEFA collection  This will help demonstrate fiscal compliance with the Article X mandate  Fundraising ideas to support the collection  Donated books for used book and white elephant sale  Ask Chamber of Commerce for support of Native American Heritage activities  Have library classes compete in selling candy or other goodies  Apply for OPI grant  Submit a practical and unique IEFA project proposal
  17. 17. Thank you for your time and attention! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss from the book, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
  18. 18. Now the boring stuff: References  Title page painting: http://www.ccophoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/1260069xklein.jpg   Montana Tribes Map: http://www.visitmt.com/places_to_go/indian_nations/images/Reservations_MAP_base.gif   Montana Tribe Seals and Flags:  http://www.fortpecktribes.org/images/header-image-bg.jpg   https://www.plaingreenloans.com/ExternalContent/Images/aboutus/PG_tribe_seal_image.jpg   http://www.littleshelltribe.us/council/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Little-Shell-Tribe-Emblem_Small.jpg   http://tribalnations.mt.gov/images/sevenlodges_170.jpg   http://www.bigskywords.com/uploads/1/2/8/0/12804055/9399618.png   http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ptNxMaX51Yk/Sw3cOI_LdVI/AAAAAAAAAOI/CENeJpDLvSs/s1600/crow+emblem.jpg   http://www.cheyennenation.com/images/greatseal.gif   http://cms.lc-triballegacy.org/userScripts/img/flags/Blackfeet_Nation.jpg   http://www.worldstatesmen.org/xa-assnbgv.gif   http://ftp.geoinfo.msl.mt.gov/Documents/Maps/Individual/20010118_570_2001_MTCounties.gif    Photo of Montana constitution: http://www.missoulademocrats.org/content/images/postThumbs/post_74_montana2-fs.jpg   OPI quote source: http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/IndianEd/Search/Social%20Studies/HS%20Montana%20Constitution%20Article%20X%20and%20IE FA.pdf
  19. 19. More boring stuff . . .  Montana Constitution Article X passage: http://www.montanahistory.net/state/constitution1972X.htm   Photo of women in the 1972 constitutional convention: http://mhs.mt.gov/research/library/exhibits/constitution.html   Library resource page photo: http://www.mineralcountylibrary.org/mineral_county_public_library_montana019003.jpg   Montana OPI and IEFA sources: http://opi.mt.gov/Programs/IndianEd/   Cataloging and shelving: http://exploringprisonlibrarianship.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/american-indian-movement- 2.jpg?w=500&h=465   National History Day logo and sources: http://www.nhd.org/About.htm   Library involvement in National History Day: http://reslife.web.unc.edu/files/2012/07/students_studying.jpg   Native American Heritage month: http://simmons.libguides.com/nativeamericanheritagemonth   http://www.educationworld.com/a_special/images/native_american.gif   http://www.mccneb.edu/publicaffairs/images/native_american_month_2011.jpg   Library budget: http://www.niutoday.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/money-ruler.jpg   Library and the community: http://www.placemakingchicago.com/cmsimages/bloomingdale-trail-group.jpg   Thank you slide: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/reading   http://nathaliefoy.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/aa_i_can_read_with_my_eyes_shut.jpg