We've got an amazing one-day workshop, "Crossing Disciplines: Social Studies, Art, and the Common Core," coming to Kalispell (April 18), Pablo (April 19) and Libby (April 20). If you are within an easy drive of any of these communities, this is one PD you will not want to miss. Learn more and register and please share the link with your friends. I can only get the Society to continue to support on-the-road workshops if I can demonstrate a need.
I picked up some great ideas at OPI's Best Practices in Indian Education for All Workshop this week. I'll share in more depth in a later post, but here are a few links that were new to me:
Pow Wow Sweat is a YouTube series created by The StyleHorse Collective and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe that teaches pow wow dances, including Traditional, Old Style Women's Fancy Shawl, Jingle Dress, Men's Grass Dance, and many more. Teachers said they are great for PE, indoor recess, and just to get the wiggles out.
Native Land is an interactive map created by Victor Temprano. As he says on the website, it's a work in progress, being continually refined. He also points out that there are many problems inherent to mapping indigenous territories: "Western maps of Indigenous nations are very often inherently colonial, in that they delegate power according to imposed borders that don’t really exist in many nations throughout history." Even given these issues, the site is interesting and thought-provoking. Add English place-names to see in whose territory he's placed you. (Helena, according to this map, is Blackfeet, Salish, and Kootenai Territory.)
The Arlee Boy's Basketball team, who won the 2018 Class C Boys' Basketball Tournament, created a very moving suicide prevention video.
Speaking of basketball, only one reader has submitted his completed Montana Madness tournament bracket, making him the sure winner--unless some of you step in to give him a little competition by emailing me a photo of your completed bracket before midnight, Sunday, March 11. Prizes and bragging rights are on the line.