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US Senate Confirms First-Ever Native American Woman As Federal Judge

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The Senate confirmed Diane Humetewa to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, making her the first-ever Native American woman to serve on the federal bench.

WASHINGTON — The Senate quietly made history on Wednesday night when it confirmed Diane Humetewa as a federal judge — the first Native American woman to ever hold such a post.

Humetewa was confirmed 96-0 to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. She is a former U.S. attorney in Arizona and a member of the Hopi tribe. She is now the first active member of a Native American tribe to serve on the federal bench and only the third Native American in history to do so. Read More…

How an El Sereno charter school fought for (and won) the right to teach in an indigenous language

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How an El Sereno charter school fought for (and won) the right to teach in an indigenous language

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Kindergartener Zoe, right, plays the drums during recess at Academia Semillas del Pueblo on Dec. 5, 2012. The LAUSD charter school incorporates language and cultural learning and is part of Semillas Community Schools, which also includes the Anahuacalmecac International Preparatory High School.

On a main thoroughfare in East Los Angeles, there’s a brightly painted public school: Anahuacalmecac International Preparatory High School, part of the Semillas school network. Semillas — Spanish for “seeds” — teaches teenagers about their indigenous roots and culture.

Students there learn in Spanish and Nahuatl, incorporating Mayan mathematics and indigenous visual and performing arts. One course teaches indigenous diplomacy and youth leadership skills. Parents and grandparents are integrated into the student’s learning. Read more.

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NITEP Celebrates 40 Years!

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After 40 years and more than 370 graduates, UBC’s Indigenous teacher ed program remains as vital as ever #NITEP

Announcement – Next SAGE Session & Writing Retreat!

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Here are the details of our upcoming SAGE session, as well as the details of our upcoming writing retreat!
1.  Next SAGE session
The next Vancouver SAGE session will be held at SFU on Oct 25th at Harbour Centre 2260, from 9:30am until 2:30pm. The focus of the session will be Career planning. Drs. Michelle Pidgeon and Deanna Reder will be the faculty mentors for this session.

2.  Writing Retreat

Please save the date! SAGE will host a writing retreat on Nov 22-23, 2014 at the UBC First Nations Longhouse from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. Lunch and break refreshments will be provided. More information will be sent about the structure of the writing retreat later this month. Dr. Jo-ann Archibald will be the faculty mentor for the writing retreat.