ANNAI, Guyana — It’s 8:30 a.m. and the main school building of the Bina Hill Institute’s Youth Learning Centre is strangely quiet. The classrooms are deserted, the newly built dormitories are empty, and the football field lies still. But behind the kitchen block is a hubbub of noise: the roar of a motorbike, the hum […]
This week, the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) announced the publication of a new resource for Native communities looking for opportunities to take an active role in the education of their citizens. “Sovereignty in Education: Creating Culturally-Based Charter Schools in Native Communities” is a charter school handbook that provides an overview on how to start […]
As winter passes and new life takes hold in New Zealand, indigenous guests from far abroad have arrived to exchange cultural knowledge. It’s more than 12,000 kilometers from Salem, Oregon, to Dunedin, Otago – an epic journey across the Pacific – but for students like Cherokee Miranda Livers, it’s a pilgrimage for a cultural immersion […]
For more than 150 years, the Wôpanâak language was silent. With no fluent speakers alive, the language of the Mashpee Wampanoag people existed only in historical documents. It was by all measures extinct. But a recently established language school on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation in Massachusetts is working to bring back the language. The […]
In Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull’s op-ed on Idle No More and Tribal Education, she notes that social movements have roots in history and connections with other movements. Knowing that history, she says, is essential to effective activism. Tribally controlled education and tribal knowledge that emerged from the American Indian Movement in the 1960s, observes Crazy […]
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