Mr. John Chakuchin Taag
A message in Yugtun from Mr. John Chakuchin Taag, a Yup'ik elder from the Bethel region, Alaska to our American Indian/Alaska Native youth while they were visiting our district during the week of October 23rd from the Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD): "Try your hardest, Respect others; It will help you long ways". Quyana (Thank you) to Mr. Chakuchin for his message.
Here is a link for information on their language and land.
Life in the Plains, History and Storytelling - October 26, 2023
On Thursday, October 26, 2023, students, teachers, and families enjoyed participating in "Life in the Plains, History and Storytelling" with Mr. Carl Kurtz at the Delmas Morton Elementary gym. as part of the American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Celebration.
The Native American Conversation - Feb. 8th 2020
A historical gathering of Nations and Tribes collaborated to provide knowledge on what young people should learn about Native American history, geography, life, contributions, and other strands in the innovative Native American Studies course, the first of its kind in the State of Texas. This course is to be implemented by the Social Studies Department in our district. GPISD leading the charge!
In the future there will be further collaboration among a variety of groups. The goal is to a submit the course standards to TEA by January of 2021.
This event was made possible through the alliance formed by the GPISD Social Studies Department, the GPISD American Indian Education Program, the American Indian Heritage Day Organization, and TCU.
The following Nations/Tribes were represented in this unique event:
Alabama-Coushatta, Caddo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Comanche, Euchee, Ft. Peck Sioux, Kiowa, Lipan Apache, Creek, Oglala Lakota, Muskoke Creek, Ojibwa, Otoe, Pawnee, Ponca, Potawatomi,Seminole, Taos Pueblo, and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo.
American Indian Coordinators from Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD, and teachers from those districts attended, as did GPISD officials Dr. Robert Steeber, Dr. Missy Steger, Dr. Angela Herron, Kerry Chapman, Susana Ramirez, Pat Lewis, Gloria Carrillo, Dr. Vern Alexander, Linda Ellis, Elna Davis, and Judy Stone-Nunneley. Lanette Aguero (Social Studies Facilitator) and Monica Smith (American Indian Education Program Coordinator) partnered to host the event.
Honoring American Indian Heritage - Nov. 9th 2019
This past Saturday, November 9, GPISD's American Indian Education Program sponsored a beautiful event in which all who participated enjoyed themselves and learned from each other. It was a great honor to welcome elders who originally came from New Mexico, and everybody enjoyed breakfast while moving around the three different learning stations. We thank each guest and presenter who attended the event! Here are some photos to enjoy.
American Indian Parent Meeting Heritage Art Night-embracing My Legacy - Oct. 24th 2019
Families enjoyed creating their own piece of art as a homage to tribes from Texas, and knowledge about tribes was shared among participants.
Ms. Judy Stone-Nunneley was our speaker and she shared different pictures and information of tribal rock art.