Dr. Gregory Cajete of the Santa Clara Pueblo and Director of the University of New Mexico Native American Studies will be facilitating a Meta-Curriculum session from August 5-7, 2015 in Santa Clara. This three day session will be focused on creating a strong framework for the future curriculum and education program at the school. Dr. Cajete has requested 2 parents of students at the Day School and 2 community members that are interested in contributing to this process. Please reach out to Michael Dabrieo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-651-7386 for more information or if you are interested!
We are very excited to announce that the Santa Clara Pueblo was one of seven tribes awarded a Tribal Education Department development grant from the Bureau of Indian Education last week. You can see the BIE's press release here and on their website. While the total amount released to the Santa Clara Pueblo has not been confirmed, the seven awardees will receive a piece of $1.45 million dedicated to restructuring school governance, increasing tribal education capacity, and developing culturally responsive curriculum. We will update this entry when we are notified of the final amount allocated to Santa Clara.
The six other tribes named as awardees were: Hopi Tribe, AZ Navajo Nation, AZ Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, ND Pueblo of Acoma, NM Santa Clara Indian Pueblo, NM Oglala Sioux Tribe, SD Rosebud Sioux Tribe, SD.
On Thursday, June 25 the Santa Clara Tribal Council approved a resolution proposed by the Department of Youth and Learning to transition the Santa Clara Day School from BIE-operated to Tribally Controlled Grant status. The decision was made after several months of community discussion, synthesizing a community vision for education, and then matching that vision with the best option. Thank you to the community members who took time to share their vision for education, as well as the school staff for opening their school doors and openly discussing their visions and concerns moving forward.
There are many questions in the community moving forward, and we want to answer as many of them as possible. Please visit our Tribally Controlled Grant FAQ for some answers to some general questions we've heard throughout the community. We will be holding community events and meetings to be available to explain what this process over the next year will entail, and those dates and times will be released soon. Some important items to know: