The mission of Confluence is to connect people to the history, living cultures, and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices. October 12th was Indigenous Peoples Day. Over the next seven weeks until the week of Thanksgiving, Confluence will be sharing resources centered around the 6 Critical Orientations for Indigenous Studies Curriculum: Place, Political Nationhood, Presence, Perspective, Partnership, and Power. Developed by Leilani Sabzalian of the University of Oregon, the 6 Critical Orientations provide not only a way to build a curriculum but to guide anyone’s understanding of Indigenous culture. This first week will be dedicated to introducing the orientations and various starting resources, with the week of October 19th starting us out with “Place.”
Gathered here are all our resources from this past intro week.
In 2017, the Oregon Legislature enacted Senate Bill (SB) 13, now known as Tribal History/Shared History, which requires the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to create K-12 Native American Curriculum. As we move through the intro week of our Indigenous Peoples Day to Thanksgiving social media campaign we invite you to learn more about the curriculum, whether you are an educator, student, or just wanting to learn more.
Yesterday we shared a bit about Oregon’s Senate Bill 13. Today we invite you to learn about Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State. It was brought about by Washington Senate Bill 5433, which requires Since Time Immemorial or another tribally developed curriculum to be taught in all schools.
The National Museum of the American Indian has created ten essential understandings that provide frameworks for understanding and teaching Indigenous culture and history.
Bobbie Conner (Cayuse, Nez Perce, Umatilla) talks about Native fortitude.