February 2017

JOIN US FOR STORYTELLING NIGHT

Attributions: 
Brenda Beyal

Storytelling is a tradition among all Native Americans. This is a time to relate history, give counsel and explain natural phenomenon.  The storytellers are charged not only with entertaining but also with passing down oral traditions.  This writer remembers cold winter evenings sitting by her grandfather as he told stories that brought vivid images to her mind.  It was a time for family togetherness, wisdom shared and new learning. 

This Monday, February 27th, Nebo's Indian Education program will be holding their storytelling night at Larsen Elementary.  Two featured tellers, Julius Chavez and Shawn Cesspooch will take center stage.  Our own Nebo Performing Arts Group will also entertain with some hand drum songs and dances. 

To begin the evening, Indian Taco will be for sale for $7 a plate or 5 plates for $30.  All monies will benefit the Parent Committee Scholarship Program which in the past has handed out over 15 scholarships to students graduating from Nebo School District High Schools. 

Come and join us with your family for this event. It starts at 6:00 p.m. with dinner until 7:00 p.m. At 7:00, the storytelling portion will begin. It is being held at Larsen Elementary in Spanish Fork, Utah. Please call Eileen Quintana for more information. 

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American Indian Caucus Day

Attributions: 
Brenda Beyal
In the Governor's Office
Sitting in the House of Representatives
Posing for pictures in the Rotunda

On Monday February 6th, Nebo Title VI (Indian Education), participated in American Indian Caucus Day at the State Capitol.  This is a time when tribal leaders and state leaders are able to meet together and discuss issues that impact Indian people in our great state. Community members and partners of the Native community were also invited. 

This year, forty three Native American students and parents were able to make the trek up to the Capitol.  Nebo’s own performing arts group was invited to sing some hand drum songs and do a sign language performance to open the Caucus meeting. Some of the students were able to meet concern citizens from Monument Valley.  They were able to ask questions of these Elders about various issues facing their respective communities. One student said, “I was surprised by what they had to say.  It made what I see on TV more real.”

The group was also able to take a tour of the capitol with a knowledgeable docent that gave them a peek into the governor’s office.  They were also able to have some time in the House of Representatives to view the bills that were being discussed and debated before votes were taken. Another tour was taken with the state’s historian to view the maps that were on display in the capitol.  It was wonderful to note that on every map there was evidence of Indigenous communities past or present.

One of our own Native American Seniors- Nicholas Nez was able to job shadow a representative during the day.  He spent the day with one of our representatives who gave him a look into the responsibilities of representing a community.  Nicholas had a long day on the hill but had an incredible experience.

Eileen Quintana, program manager said, “We want Nebo American Indian students to be involved, informed and inspired to be active participants in the issues facing their communities.  Soon they will be the leaders of their Tribal Nations.”   

This is the third year in a row the Nebo Title VI has participated.  They plan to continue making this trip year after year. 

 

 

Join Us for American Indian Caucus Day on the Hill

Attributions: 
Brenda Beyal

Join us for a wonderful opportunity! We are taking a bus on Monday, February 6, 2017 to the State Capitol to participate in the American Indian Caucus Day. This is an opportunity to interact with legislators and state and tribal leaders. We will take a tour of the capitol, watch the process of the passing of bills in the House of Representatives chambers and meet legislators. In addition, we will listen in on discussions between state and tribal leaders in our great state.  It is also a time to hand deliver letters to your legislator and give voice to your concerns or opinions on matters effecting Native Americans. Parents are also welcome to write letters to be delivered.  The issues become of greater importance if a legislator receives hand written letters from their constituents.

A note and permission slip was sent to every Junior High and High school to be handed out to Native American students. If an elementary student would like to participate, we will need a parent or high school sibling to occupying them. Come to Larsen Elementary in Spanish Fork or Cherry Creek Elementary in Springville at 7:00 a.m with lunch in hand or money to buy a lunch. We will be home between 1:30 and 2:00.  Please contact Eileen Quintana or Brenda Beyal for more information. 

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