National Indigenous/Native American Heritage Month 2022

American Indians/Indigenous/Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the lands that now constitute the U.S. These Indigenous Americans have made an essential and unique contribution to our Nation and to the world. We pause this month to reflect upon who they are and their lives as people of many nations and we pay specific homage to the Muscogee Creek who are the spiritual guardians of the land upon which CSD stands.

Honor this month with CSD by visiting our Land Acknowledgement page with your students. Also, share this blog post, A Land Acknowledgement is Not Enough. Discuss the following questions and share your ideas with our department!

  1. Are there changes, additions, or edits that should be made to our land acknowledgment?

  2. Since a land acknowledgment is not enough, what else can we do to honor the Muscogee Nation and other Indigenous caretakers of this land?

Make history real by sharing this article by By NATSU TAYLOR SAITO, a Regents’ professor and law professor at Georgia State University, and, this article in Decaturish, both of which regard the "Indian War Cannon" located in Decatur Square and the efforts of DHS students to have it removed.

Did you know that Joe Biden is the first US president to recognize IPD? General Information may be found here.

Explore more teaching and learning resources regarding Indigenous/Native/Indian Americans below.

November Heritage Month and Holiday Resources

Native Land

Native Land Digital, through educational resources such as its interactive map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide, strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations. Native Land Digital creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit. You can actually put in your address and learn more about the Indigenous people who once lived there.

They say the following, “The land itself is sacred, and it is not easy to draw lines that divide it up into chunks that delineate who “owns” different parts of land. In reality, we know that the land is not something to be exploited and “owned”, but something to be honoured and treasured. However, because of the complexities of history, the kind of mapping we undetake is an important exercise, insofar as it brings an awareness of the real lived history of Indigenous peoples and nations in a long era of colonialism.”

Children's Author Tells the True Story of Columbus

Educator and author Oriel Siu takes on the historical myth of Columbus in her new children’s book Christopher the Ogre Cologre, It’s Over. Using clever rhymes, but never avoiding the barbarity of colonization, Siu, whose pen name is Dr. Siu, reimagines Columbus as a monstrous ogre who ravages the Americas. Watch Dr. Oriel María Siu read an excerpt from her book and share some of the reasons why she wrote it. This link also includes an interview with the author. Although it is a children's book, this is really content that can support a lesson more appropriate for grades 6-12.

2022 Native Cinema Showcase

Friday, November 18 – Friday, November 25, 2022

Sponsor: American Indian Museum

Event Location: Online

The Smithsonian Museum’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Indigenous film. Embracing their communities’ oral histories, knowledge, and ancestral lands, Indigenous filmmakers are seeking guidance from the past and envisioning new paths for the future. The online program includes a total of 35 films (six features and 30 shorts) representing 30 Native nations in eight different countries: US, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia and Sweden. There are 10 Indigenous languages spoken in the films. Genres include documentaries, music videos, kid-friendly shorts, films in Indigenous languages and more.

Rethinking Colombus: The Next 500 Years

More than 80 essays, poems, interviews, historical vignettes, and lesson plans reevaluate the myth of Columbus and issues of indigenous rights. Rethinking Columbus is packed with useful teaching ideas for kindergarten through college.

Did Native People Really Sell Manhattan?

This series of lesson plans and online lessons provide Native perspectives, images, documents, and other sources to help students and teachers understand how the 17th-century fur trade brought together two cultures, one Native and the other Dutch, with different values and ideas about exchange.

Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces

Why We Serve is an online exhibition that honors the generations of Native Americans who have served in the armed forces of the United States—often in extraordinary numbers—since the American Revolution. (National Museum of the American Indian)

This work is important.

In City Schools of Decatur, we are committed to aligning educational practices, policies, and resources to ensure that all students have access to and feel welcome to participate in high-quality learning experiences, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, ability, religion, sexual orientation, linguistic diversity, or other cultural characteristics.

CSD will have achieved educational equity when ALL students have the resources, opportunities, and rigorous and relevant learning needed to enable their educational success.

    • We believe that educational equity requires . . .

      • high expectations for all students.

      • a culture that honors all students and staff regardless of cultural or racial background.

      • a culture that is reflective and inclusive of all students and staff regardless of cultural or racial background.

      • the systematic use of data to determine and establish an equitable allocation of resources.

      • the intentional development and implementation of district policies and practices with a focus on amplifying equity.

      • working together to eliminate predictable patterns of academic achievement based on race, socioeconomic status, and gender.

Equity Event Calendar:
CSD Equity Events and Multicultural Celebrations

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