Indigenous Education

Before Columbus, Native American educational practices were guided by commonly held assumptions about the nature of knowledge, the nature and purpose of human beings, and our responsibilities to each other. After the European invasion, a majority of Native Americans were converted to Christianity, with children removed from their families and thrown into Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Christian boarding schools created to assimilate them into “White society” and destroy Indian culture. The intergenerational trauma and unresolved grief from the legacy of these deeply discriminatory schools remains.

Our approach

Our aim is to support communities in healing from the devastation of the boarding school era and support instruction methods that are tailored to the educational and cultural needs of Indigenous students. Native education today is pursued in both traditional and assimilated forms. The spiritual and holistic nature of traditional Indigenous education and thought and practice permeates virtually all aspects of these educational practices. We will focus on schools that are engaging Native communities in relevant curriculum, and on cultural and language practices that serve students from early learning to adulthood, promoting Native identity, health and lifelong learning.