Indian Education for All; what is is and how can we use it?
I am a huge fan of the Indian Education for All Act. The culture of the Native (first) Americans is so rich and should be appreciated by all student, by all Americans. We are fortunate that there are so many people that are also passionate about this act which allows for a multitude of information at our fingertips. Living in Missoula, we have access to native tribes such as Salish, Kootenai, Blackfeet, and Crow. This access will allow for first hand knowledge introduced in our classrooms. We can do this through story-telling, jump dance demonstrations, field trips to pow-wows, and incorporating native games, such as stick games, into our classroom. The students will enjoy learning about the culture and have fun participating in the activities.
opi.mt.gov offers a multitude of resources for educators as well as students. It would be a good idea for us future educators to have a few websites that we know are good for students to find info from.