The following is a list of sites (with links ) focused on Indigenous Teaching Practices.
Digital Workshops for Teachers of Native American Students
The Digital Teacher Workshops are designed to provide professional development training for Teachers of American Indians and Alaska Natives in all grade levels and content areas. The workshops support mastery of academic content and application by modeling strong teaching methods that have been successful in the classroom and providing a classroom application component, and additional resources.
Native American Health Issues
The Medicine Bundle is a magazine that focuses on health, for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Our mission is to provide high quality health information that is relevant and useful to the Aboriginal population of North America; to share experiential stories and lessons learned that help to make a difference; and to create ripples of positive change in the health of our world.
UCLA Language Materials Project Search for language resources (text, audio, & web) by language, level, material, and audience. The LMP covers 151 less commonly taught languages from all over the globe, including a few indigenous languages of the Americas, such as Cree, Inuit, Nahuatl, Cherokee, Navajo, Quechua, Hawaiian, Ojibwe, and Lakota/Dakota. Also provides language profiles.
www.aee.org The Association for Experiential Education
www.ANKN.uaf.edu This is the Alaska Native Knowledge Network originating out of the University of Alaska Fairbanks
www.centerschool.org Nawayee Center School: Culturally supportive alternative education, Minneapolis, Minnesota Our mission is "Providing transformative education, grounded in Indigenous lifeways and love of learning.”
www.migizi.org MIGIZI Communications effects and contributes to social justice and positive change by committing resources to telecommunications, education, health/wellness, and other areas that contribute to capacity-building within the American Indian community. -Site Mission Statement
www.pa.org Project Adventure: promotes Adventure education to build personal and professional growth.
www.cal.org/crede Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence within the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
http://www.iltf.org/ Indian Land Tenure Foundation Our Mission:
“Land within the original boundaries of every reservation and other areas of high significance where tribes retain aboriginal interest are in Indian ownership and management.”
www.cradleboard.org Cradleboard Teaching Project: Lessons, curriculum, teacher’s circles, and many other resources focusing on Native American culture.
www.nacdi.org Native American Community Development Institute
http://ojibwemovies.com/ OjibweMovies.com and OjibwemowinNoongom is being developed by Dr. Mary Hermes, UMD education professor, through a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation with additional funding from the Grotto Foundation. Ojibwe language educators and Ojibwe elders from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario are involved in bringing this project to fruition.
www.oyate.org Oyate is a Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed honestly, and so that all people will know our stories belong to us. For Indian children, it is as important as it has ever been for them to know who they are and what they come from. For all children, it is time to know and acknowledge the truths of history. Only then will they come to have the understanding and respect for each other that now, more than ever, will be necessary for life to continue.
www.wipce2008.com The World Indigenous Peoples Conference: Education (WIPCE) is a triennial conference of international significance that attracts peoples from around the globe to celebrate and share diverse cultures, traditions and knowledge with a focus on world Indigenous education. The purpose of WIPC:E is to provide a forum to come together, share and learn and promote best practice in Indigenous education policies, programs and practice.
http://dets.niddk.nih.gov The DETS curriculum includes K – 12 multidisciplinary units with lessons that are designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the problems of diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, to empower students to make healthy lifestyle choices, and to stimulate general student interest in diabetes-based science careers. The curriculum is based on national education standards for the respective subject area, along with Native American cultural content.
www.kizhenaabeg.com A website with lots of Ojibwe and Dakota language learning resources.“Kizhenaabeg was founded in order to help people create resources to teach their languages. We create interactive multimedia web pages, podcasts, videos and digitize archival material with a focus on less commonly taught languages.” The curriculum can then be used online, on a cd-rom or on Moodle, Blackboard, or WebCt.
About the name ‘Kizhenaabeg’
The word Kizhenaabeg means “The Benevolent Indians’. This name was used for young men from the ages of 20-40 who would contribute whatever they hunted, fished or trapped to the community they belonged to in order to help people who were in need. After this period, they would be considered leaders of their people.
www.lakotawaldorfschool.org “the Lakota Waldorf School strives to initiate the educational process while maintaining the Lakota language and culture. Our goal is to empower our Lakota children so they will create positive active futures for themselves and their community.”
http://cosmicserpent.org "Cosmic Serpent will explore commonalities between western and native science, taking into account that native cultures have, over millennia, developed ways of knowing that are highly adapted, interconnected, and enduring. Each knowledge system informs the practice of science and its role in society in a fundamental way, and the commonalities can provide a framework for developing mutually inclusive learning experiences in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The project recognizes previous work that attempted to integrate both systems. Our innovative and collaborative approach explores commonalities between the two systems in the context of informal science education.
http://davestrainbooks.com This the website for Word Carrier Trading Post, a Native-Owned book service/store.They offer discounted prices to schools and educators and offer book fairs for schools as well.They are well worth making the effort to contact them, offering a very large, nearly comprehensive collection of books on Native Americans from which to choose.
Four Directions Teachings celebrates Indigenous oral traditions by honoring the process of listening with intent as each elder or traditional teacher shares a teaching from their perspective on the richness and value of cultural traditions from their nation. In honor of the timelessness of Indigenous oral traditions, audio narration is provided throughout the site, complimented by beautifully animated visuals. In addition, the site provides free curriculum packages for grades 1 to 12 to further explore the vast richness of knowledge and cultural philosophy that is introduced within each teaching. The curriculum is provided in downloadable PDF and can also be read online through the Teacher’s Resources link. The elders and traditional teachers who have shared a teaching on this site were approached through a National Advisory Committee of Indigenous people concerned with the protection and promotion of Indigenous knowledge. This committee was formed directly for the purposes of this website to ensure a community based approach that was respectful and accountable.
The Indigenous Education Institute (IEI) was created in 1995 as a non-profit 501©(3) institution with a mission to preserve, protect and apply traditional Indigenous knowledge in a contemporary setting, that of Indigenous peoples today, around the world. IEI has developed numerous projects that preserve traditional knowledge, protect the knowledge in terms of Indigenous protocol, and apply it to areas such as astronomy and other science disciplines
When the American public is presented with media accounts, public policy, and school curriculum concerning Indian people, the reaction may be curiosity, confusion, and even skepticism. How can we obtain a better understanding of such information? This site addresses this question by highlighting recent research of scholars who have provided new insights about the cultures and histories of Indian peoples in the Midwest. Academic research can show how modern-day issues have roots in regional history and culture and provide necessary background for understanding contemporary issues.
In the Midwest—defined here as Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio — there are 34 federally recognized tribes and others seeking recognition. Members of these communities generously contributed information about contemporary life. On “Indians of the Midwest,” you can explore seven important issues, learn how to do further research, and gain an introduction to the research methods that underlie scholars’ findings.
Enjoy this beginning resource for understanding more about the Dakota people’s relationship to Minnesota. Try traveling the directions in a traditional way - East (We Are Home), South (Dakota Greeting), West Mnisota: A Dakota Place) and then North for the core of the site - the Memory Map
Website of the Association on American Affairs Native Language Program with lots of resources for Dakota Language learners
Page from the Augsburg College website featuring Native American Film series sponsored by Augsburg
Total Immersion in Dakota or Ojibwe. Curriculum will be adapted, written, and taught in Dakota and Ojibwe licensed teachers with guidance from our Elders. English is introduced as a language art in third grade.
Extended day (after-school program will be established during first year of operation) , year round program. With after school programming being offered by community agencies such as MIGIZI Communications, Division of Indian Work and other community based agencies…. The school calendar will follow a 45 days on, 15 days off calendar year round. Family and community events will take place in the evenings and weekends. We are also working to partner with a tribal college in order to develop our future teachers and administrators. The school will be a center for lifelong learning.
Learning will be place-based, experiential, and academically rigorous. Students will be immersed in rigorous, active, interdisciplinary learning projects, often involving learning outside of school walls. Curriculum content is tied to the geographical surroundings of the school, the local history, landscape, ecology, and Native languages and cultures. The curriculum and program will align with MN State standards. Students will graduate fluent in Dakota or Ojibwe and will be academically prepared for post-secondary education.
Enrollment will start with 104 students in grades k-3. The classes will be combined k/1 and 2/3 in Dakota and Ojibwe. A grade will be added every year until the school serves k-12 and will include preschool-
Indian Education of Washington State--Curriculum Overview: Welcome to Since Time Immemorial, or STI. OSPI, private and public agencies, and several of the 29 Federally Recognized Tribes in Washington State have partnered and funded this ground-breaking curriculum initiative. All 29 tribes have endorsed its importance and use. This site houses resources, materials, lessons, and entire units to support the teaching of tribal sovereignty, tribal history, and current tribal issues within the context of OSPI recommended units for Washington and US history in the elementary and middle school levels and US history and Contemporary World Issues in the high school level. Each unit is aligned with National Common Core State Standards, state standards and builds toward the successful completion of a Content-Based Assessment, or CBA. Teachers will find that it’s easy to integrate tribal perspectives into their already existing lesson plans. Throughout the school year, teachers can choose to spend as little as one hour or as much as six weeks of class time to either introduce or focus on the tribal perspectives of an historical issue, era, or event. Each unit is aligned with state standards and builds toward the successful completion of a Content-Based Assessment, or CBA.Select the curriculum menu item and select your grade level to connect yourself to a wealth of information, videos, and resources surrounding what was and is happening in Indian country.