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    COVID-19 Utility Bill Relief

    If you would like support to pay a utility bill (water sewer garbage, Seattle City Light, or PSE) please contact Gail Morris, gtmorris@seattleschools.org, telephone (206) 252-0948. You will need these items: lease/rental agreement, current bill, and student must have a 506 Form on file with us and be Native American/Alaska Native.

    Be Well, Be Healthy, Be Kind,

    Gail Morris
    Native American Education Manager


    Remote Learning for Fall 2020

    For information about SPS's Fall 2020 remote learning, please visit the Remote Learning FAQ webpage. Also, check SPS's COVID-19 Resources webpage for updates and the American Indian Studies webpage for continuous learning lesson plans and resources.


    Technology Support

    Technology Supports for Families

    Please call 206-252-0100 or email laptops@seattleschools.org for student and family technology support or visit a SPS Technology Resource Center. Technology support includes:

    • Laptop and SPS device support
    • Internet WiFi hot spots support
    • Support with remote learning software (e.g., Seesaw, Schoology) and other educational resources
    • General technology resource information and support
    • Support with the following translation software:
      • Microsoft translator
      • Talking Points
      • Linguistica
    • Additional English Language instructional support

    Learn more:

    If your student needs help getting a laptop, please contact their principal, teacher or email Gail Morris: gtmorris@seattleschools.org.


    Family Resources

    Need support with food, housing, child care, Internet access and other services? Please use our list of Family Resources.

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    Welcome to Huchoosedah  

    SPS Native Education Department

    Native Education is a referral service. We work with students, parents and guardians, teachers, principals, and SPS departments on a case-by-case basis to address the broad scope of needs our Native students face. We want every family to understand how to navigate the district's resources and support all schools in understanding the unique experience Native students face interacting with our system. Our goal is to ensure all Native students have a high-quality educational experience and reach the goal of graduation.

    Please call or email us! We are here to help, problem solve, and inspire.


    Listening to the Experiences of our Families: BIPOC, Bilingual, and Special Education Community Forums 

    The next Native American and Pacific Islander Special Education Community Forum will be held in late October (date to be determined). Please check back here for details.


    Native American Education News

    Read about how we're recognizing students—especially our recent graduates!

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    Celebrating Our 2020 Graduates

    We are so proud of our graduates! To honor and celebrate their achievements, each graduate received a custom wool blanket and Huchoosedah paddle necklace. Watch two of our amazing students, Rose Glen and Wes Calf Robe, receiving theirs:

     

    photo of paddle necklace with Huchoosedah text on top of red-and-white wool blanketphoto of Gail White EagleThe wool blankets were specially designed by Gail White Eagle (Muckleshoot, Chehalis), pictured left, who has been weaving for 25 years.  

    photo of Renee Remlinger-Tee, Louie Gong, Lauren Fonoimoana

    Eighth Generation, a Native-owned Seattle company founded by Louie Gong (Nooksack), created the blankets and paddles. Pictured right: Louie Gong (center) with Native American Education staff Lauren Nabahe Fonoimoana (Paiute-Shoshone, Navajo, Mono), high school re-entry/intervention specialist (right), and Renée Remlinger-Tee, librarian (left).

    photo of Rose Glen receiving blanket from Boo Balkan Foster and Khemarak (Kam) Pom photo of Wes Calf Robe receiving blanket from Boo Balkan Foster and Khemarak (Kam) Pom


    image of film title Interconnectedphoto of Rosie Port

    Nathan Hale Student Creates Film about Climate Change Affecting Indigenous Nations

    Interconnected: The Effect of Climate Change on Indigenous Nations is a film produced by Rosie Port and her brother Gabe. Rosie is a graduating senior and vice president of Nathan Hale High School’s Native Club. She also was a speaker in Nathan Hale's 2019 Native Heritage Assembly. Rosie created and beautifully produced this powerful film for her Hale Senior Action Project. It is an important piece of student work about issues facing indigenous culture and what individuals can do to reduce their environmental impact.


    NAYLA logoNAYLA Team Message for 2019-20 Students

    Watch the Native American Youth Leadership Academy (NAYLA) staff video for 2019-20 NAYLA students. The video offers encouragement and support for these rising leaders. NAYLA is an organization for Native students from all over Western Washington. It helps Native youth develop leadership, communication and life skills and become leaders in their schools and communities.


    Native Education for All: Online Learning Resources

    IllumiNative has partnered with the National Indian Education Association and Amplifier to create Native Education for All, an initiative providing online lesson plans, tools and resources for Pre-K through 8th grade students. Each lesson—available as a downloadable pdf—guides teachers and students through learning about Native American art, culture, history and contemporary life.


    I Am Native Film Honors Students

     

    I Am Native is a short film showcasing Seattle Public Schools' Native high school students and staff sharing their stories, hopes, and dreams for their future. Read more about I Am Native.


    Read more Native Ed News >

    Contact Us

    Gail T. Morris ~ Nuu-chah-nulth
    Native American Education Program Manager
    206-252-0948
    gtmorris@seattleschools.org


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