Whats My Story? Pacific Northwest Native American Youth ResourcesCrystal Conant with Kale Nissen, Colville Confederated Tribes
Presentation WLA 2012Project goals• Communication and Learning in Schools• Contribute to Place-Based ResourcesActivity Today• Share about Native American Youth Resources• Share the Tribal Curriculum• Look at books Finding the best resources for all schools, students, children and adults working with children
Nadean Meyer• Learning Resources Librarian EWU• Tribal Curriculum Trainer http://indian-ed.org• Resource guide http://research.ewu.edu/tribal• Former K-12 Teacher Librarian• Washington Library Media Assoc. (WLMA) EmeritusBeginner in this topic but reading,listening and viewing many resourcesand learning so much by meetingtribal members.You are willing to share, I am tryingto listen and learn
Rayette SterlingOutreach and Inclusion Librarian at EWU• Resource Guide http://research.ewu.edu/american_indian• Library Liaison to American Indian Studies Program• Former Archives Librarian at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture• Former Diversity Representative to Washington State Library Council• Vice-Chair of Racial & Ethnic Diversity Committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries
Whats My Story: Native American YouthResources• ALA Carnegie-Whitney Publication Grant• Creating online access to list of youth resources by Spring 2012• Visiting cultural centers and museums• Working with tribal consultants GOALQuality, accurate resource list of books, dvds, people and websites.
Discussion: Common Images for AmericanIndian UnitWhat comes to mind as the image most shown to representthe regions?Northwest Coastal?Inland Plateau?
From Where the Sun Rises "Indian education dates back to a time when all children were identified as gifted and talented. Each child had a skill and an ability that would contribute to the health and vitality of the community. Everyone in the community helpedto identify and cultivate these skills and abilities. The elders were entrusted to oversee this sacred act of knowledge being shared. That is our vision for Indian education." 2008 WSU Clearinghouse on Native Teaching and Learning
From Where the Sun Rises 2008 WSU Clearinghouse on Native Teaching and Learning From Where the Sun Rises:Addressing the Educational Achievement of NativeAmericans in Washington State• Data gap as well as lower scores• 74% of Washington districts have missing data about academic performance of Native youth• "Much of it simply starts with acknowledging that Native people have a language, culture, and history"• Well-being of Native youth• Benefits of appropriate curriculum for both Native and non-
Since Time Immemorial• Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum Washington State• 2005 - Legislature "all school districts SHOULD include"• Aligned with Social Studies GLEs, units, CBAs http://indian-ed.org• Integrated in curriculum standards - online• Place-based• Inquiry-based• Connections with all local tribes• “No excuses” Curriculum
Essential Questions for Understanding1. How does physical geography affect NW tribes culture, economy,and where they choose to settle and trade?2. What is the legal status of the tribes who negotiated or who did notenter into United States treaties?3. What were the political, economic, and cultural forces that led to thetreaties?4. What are the ways in which tribes responded to the threats andoutside pressure to extinguish their cultures and independence?5. What have local tribes done to meet the challenges of reservationlife? What have these tribes, as sovereign nations, done to meet theeconomic and cultural needs of their tribal communities?
Schools and Tribes 36 our of 295 districts - 12% Relationship with local tribes (2008)MOA OSPI WSSDA and Tribes for :• Collaboration• Government-to-governement• Achievement gap• Federally recognized tribes guidelinesWashington School Directors Toolkithttp://www.wssda.org/Resources/TrainingMaterials/TribalHistoryandCulture.aspx
Toolkit• Introduction from WSSDA President Deborah Heart• Overview of SHB 1495• Full Text of SHB 1495• List of Tribal Nations in Washington State• List of Washington School Districts and Nearest Federally RecognizedTribes• Protocol Considerations• Sample School Board Letter to Tribal Leaders• Sample School Board Resolution Regarding Tribal History Curricula• Sample Memorandum of Agreement• Sample Policy & Procedure: Curriculum Development/Instructional Materials• List of Resources
CCBS Statistics over Last Decade- NA Booksapprox. 5000 trade books per year
CCBC Native American Booksapprox. 5000 books per year
Washington State is Artificial BoundaryMaps show some of the complexity• Languages• Historical• Modern Day Reservations and LandWhat boundaries make the most sense?• Interior British Columbia?• Coast British Columbia?• Coast Oregon?• Interior Oregon and Idaho?• Northwestern Montana?
Washington State Historical Society- Languageshttp://stories.washingtonhistory.org/treatytrail/context/homelands.htm
National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian• Resources Lists – older mid-1990s• Teaching Resources• Book Series – My Worl describes five contemporary Nativecommunities from the perspective of their young people 9–12 yearsold.• Book Series- Tales of the Peoples o series for 4–8-year-olds that celebrates Native cultures with illustrations and stories by Indian artists and writers
Book SourcesOyate http://oyate.orgNative Quest http://nativequest.net formerly McRaes BooksGoodMinds http://goodminds.comTheytus http://www.theytus.com/Yearly lists from British Columbia Publishers andMontana Superintendent of Schools
Bi-Annual Youth AwardAmerican Indian Librarian Associationhttp://www.ailanet.org/activities/youthlitaward.htm3 age groups --- Across the continent2012 Winners Christmas Coat Free Throw and Triple Threat PipestoneHonor books too - 7 titles 10 great books to acquire now!
Evaluating Youth ResourcesDoris Seale, Bev Slapian, Debbie Reese, AmericanIndian Library Association, Dee Almeida (AmericanIndian Studies at EWU)Debbie Reese Blog- American Indians ChildrensLiteraturehttp://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2006-presentOSPI guides 9/09http://www.k12.wa.us/equity/pubdocs/WashingtonModelsfortheEvaluationofBias.pdf
Misunderstandings• Lack of Knowledge• Misrepresentation• Bias• Gaps in information National Museum of American Indian stereotype quiz http://www.nmai.si.edu/education/files/StereotypesQuiz.pdf
Making Connections• Visit centers and attend events• Listen to Native Americans in each area• Learn more about Washington State history through tribal eyes• Listen to students and engage them• National organizations and blogs Montana experience Alaska experience
Tribal Consultants• Asking 6 tribal consultants to review our discoveries• Helping us understand the culture• NorthWest Coastal -- 3• Inland Plateau -- 3• Educators or cultural experts• Knowledge of different age levels
Role of Librarians?Finding things • Standard Sources • Small PressesOrganizing things • Lists, subjects • WorldCat access a copyWe can be a bridge for non-Native educators to start their own learning
Issues to Consider Availability- Out of Print? Currency- Last Ten Years? Tribal Author/Illustrator? Which issues mean that it should not be used or suggested?
Supporting Student Success Washington State Library2011 – 21 joint projects with Washington State Public Libraries and Schools and often Tribes about the Tribal CurriculumLast Year of Grant but many libraries are posting their projects and resourcesSome tribal resources kits, visits and visitors, online resources and homework help notebooks
Northwest Indian Reading Serieshttp://educationnorthwest.org/resource/1112Includes full text for 1972 project140 storiesmany are fromWestern WashingtonTribes
NW Indian Reading Serieshttp://educationnorthwest.org/resource/1112Includes fulltext for 1972 project tribes include: • Warm Springs • Muckelshoot • Skokomish • Kootenai • Yakama • Salish • Jamestown Klallammany copies are listed in Wayfinder too
OSPI Native American ReadingCurriculumCD from OSPIOnline Videos at NEABookletsEaglecrest Readers (First Peoples Canada)
International Children’s DigitalLibrary http://en.childrenslibrary.org• Out of Print but Available Digitally• Seya’s Song• People of Salmon and Cedar
Our Plans for Resource ListsPreschool- Elementary Inland PlateauMiddle - High School Northwest CoastalAdult-Professional Urban and Pan-Indian Online- Print- Media- People Available at http://research.ewu.edu/tribal TAB Whats my story? Searchable database by Spring 2012 Trial to Try and give comments
Updates and Links,http://research.ewu.edu/resourcelist
Wayfinder: Washington State Libraries names closest library to borrow bookshttp://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/projects/wayfinder.aspxWorldCat, http://worldcat.org shows entire catalog withoutWashington emphasis. Allows for creation of booklists- ourbackup system you can friend.
Eastern Washington University LibrariesNadean Meyer Rayette Sterlingnmeyer@ewu.edu email@example.com://research.ewu.edu/tribal http://research.ewu.edu/resourcelist Project to be updated and online by May 2012 Key resource lists available now Whats My Story?