LOS ANGELES (Oct. 18, 2016) - The Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution today brought forward by Board Members Mónica Ratliff and Mónica García that recognizes November as Native American Heritage Month.
The resolution recognized the distinct and important contributions Native Americans have made to this state and nation. It also acknowledged that according to the 2010 U.S. Census, California has the largest Native American population in the U.S.
The sponsor, Board Member Ratliff said, “I am honored to continue to sponsor this resolution recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month. It is essential that we encourage education about the contributions, achievements, sacrifices, and cultural and historical legacy of Native Americans in California and the United States in November and throughout the year.”
She added, “We must continue our efforts to support the success and achievement of Native American students and their families in the District. I believe it is important for Native American students in L.A. Unified to be able to connect with each other through District-sponsored activities for our students and families. I was also extremely impressed by the student, parent, and Indian Education Program staff presentation today in honor of Native American Heritage Month.”
“We must learn more about indigenous peoples’ history. Our constitution and national governance was influenced by the Iroquoian League of Nations. Navajo code talkers were crucial in World War II and Los Angeles would not exist without the Tongva people,” said School Board Member Mónica García, a co-sponsor. “We recognize both the past and present sacrifices and contributions by native peoples around the world.”
The resolution also cited the academic challenges of some Native American students. In L.A. Unified, these students and Alaska Native students can get support and resources from the Indian Education Program, which has operated since 1975.
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