American Indian Education Oversight Committee
Date: February 7, 2012
To: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
From: Laura Lee George, Chair, American Indian Education Oversight Committee
RE: Web Link for Indian Land Curriculum
The American Indian Education Oversight Committee (AIEOC) met on January 25, 2012, and unanimously voted that I send you this advisory regarding the inclusion of a link on California Department of Education’s (CDE) American Indian Education “External Resources” Web page.
Background: The CDE currently has a Web page on American Indian Education/Resources/ “External Resources” that include links to external Web sites that provide resources on American Indian educational and cultural information. Examples are:
American Indian Higher Education Consortium
Professional organization made up of 32 tribal colleges whose mission is to support the work of these colleges and the national movement for tribal self-determination.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools
Clearinghouse that specializes in American Indian issues, including the publication of books such as Next Steps: Research and Practice to Advance Indian Education.
Journal of American Indian Education
One thousand articles covering 30 years of the journal compiled by the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University.
The Indian Land Tenure Foundation funds the development of Native American Lands Curriculum. The Round Valley Unified School District, along with their local tribe, has developed lessons around the land history and tenure of their area, the Round Valley Indian Reservation. The North Fork Mono Tribe has also developed lessons around their aboriginal lands. The lessons all are tied to the California State Standards.
Recommendation: The AIEOC recommends that the State Superintendent of Public Instruction authorize the inclusion of a link on CDE’s American Indian Education/Resources/External Resources Web page to Lessons of Our California Land .