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"Everything depends on our ability to sustainably inhabit this earth, and true sustainability will require us all to change our way of thinking on how we take from the earth and how we give back."

Deb Haaland,
54th US secretary of the interior, first Native American to serve as Cabinet secretary

Dr. JeanAnn Gaona

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Dr. JeanAnn Gaona
Assistant Superintendent 

Sina Nay
Adm Asst Indian Ed

The Title VI and J.O.M. programs are designed to connect Native American students with programs and resources to reach their educational goals.  Choctaw/Nicoma Park Schools serve over 700 Native American students from 33 Tribes.

In Memoriam: Enoch Kelly Haney, Seminole Artist Who Created 'The Guardian'

Artist Enoch Kelly Haney, a former state legislator and chief of the Seminole Nation, whose sculpture, "The Guardian," stands atop the Oklahoma State Capitol dome, passed away at the age of 81 in late April.

An internationally recognized painter and sculptor who honed his abilities under Dr. Dick West Sr. at Bacone College, Haney was influential across his diverse career in areas ranging from military service to business, public service to ministry, media and more. In addition to the Oklahoma State Capitol, sculptures by Haney are prominently displayed at the Chickasaw Nation headquarters in Ada and Seminole State College. His sculpture "Circle of Life," from the Oklahoma Art in Public Places Collection, graces the exterior of the Oklahoma State Banking Department.

Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Amber Sharples commented on Haney's passing. 

"Kelly Haney leaves a towering legacy in our state," Sharples said. "His artwork is synonymous with the Oklahoma State Capitol. One cannot help but feel heartened by the dignity and strength personified in 'The Guardian,' touching the sky for people miles around to behold. Haney's artworks comprise a meaningful part of the Oklahoma State Capitol Art Collection. We look forward to reinstalling those works in the Capitol soon, as they are essential to telling the full story of our state."


Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children's Literature in the Classroom & Library

 Coming up in May is a two-day event where you can, at no charge, attend "Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children's Literature in the Classroom and Library." Guests include Cynthia Leitich Smith, Angeline Boulley, Traci Sorell, Christine Day, Brian Young, David Robertson, and Michaela Goade. This event is sponsored by Library Media Services from the Sand Diego County office of Education.

This is an online presentation to be held May 24th and 25th, 2022 from 4:00pm to 6:15pm each evening. 

Register at https://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-215459

Questions can be directed to Jonathan Hunt, jonathan.hunt@sbcoe.net or Phone: (858) 295-8837

Cynthia Leitich Smith, Angeline Boulley, Traci Sorell, Christine Day, Brian Young, David Roberston, Michaela Goade