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September 2020

Native Education for ALL

Submitted by analysa.allison on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 17:10
About the Initiative
"Native Americans are a vibrant and growing population with rich, distinct cultures in the United States. Tribal governments and Native communities have made large strides in revitalizing and teaching traditional languages and cultural practices and remain at the forefront of innovative practices in a variety of areas. However, invisibility and erasure remain profound barriers facing Native individuals, families, and communities. These barriers are perpetuated by K-12 public education systems and have created hostile learning environments for Native children and negatively impact both Native and non-Native students by continuing to further invisibility and false narratives about Native peoples’ past and present. The failure of K-12 education systems to teach accurate history about Native peoples or about our contributions and issues in today’s society promotes an inaccurate history of this country and erases the continued importance of Tribal Nations and peoples to the fabric of American society. False narratives and invisibility have harmful, long-term impacts by shaping federal and state policies, determining court decisions that affect tribes and Native peoples, furthers inadequate funding of programs impacting Native communities, and normalizes bias, discrimination, and racism towards Native people."


Please visit this website for research articles, lesson plans, and information regarding American Indian Education. 

Water, Mountains, Duality in all things.

Submitted by analysa.allison on Wed, 09/23/2020 - 14:37
Eileen Quintana
"Diné teachings about the duality in life. There is male and female rain, the mixture of these waters give way to moisture, mist and youth rain. These exist at the peaks of holy sacred mountains. From here we pray...creating positive thoughts toward the mountains as did our ancestors. These positive thoughts, prayers of supplication for attaining personal goals and aspirations, we pray for "hozho" (peace, beauty, balance and harmony) in daily living within our environment. We depend upon water for almost every aspect of life, we are brought into this world in water. All living things need water.
Our first mother -Mother Earth and our first father -Father Sky take care of us, blessing us with the necessities of life.
Start each day with gratitude and humility."
Eileen Quintana
Title VI Program Manager 

Flu Shot Drive Thru

Submitted by analysa.allison on Tue, 09/22/2020 - 14:16
Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
  • Flu shots are FREE for UICSL clients & patients
  • Please bring your insurance card
  • For ages 8 and up


Submitted by analysa.allison on Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:18

There is a new scholarship opportunity that is accepting applications now called The Global Leaders Scholarship Fund that support 18-32-year-old students with an opportunity to attend global conferences, summits, and events in the United States and throughout the world. Recipients must establish a financial need to qualify for a scholarship.

To qualify for the Global Leaders Scholarship (GLSF), students must:

  • Be 18-32 years of age during the 2020–2021 academic school year.
  • Attend a Utah college or university, or be in the process of applying.
  • Have the ability to travel within the United States or internationally.  
  • Establish a financial need to attend the event.

For more information contact Deaun Saxby at

Financial Aid & U - Virtual Financial Aid Info Session

Submitted by analysa.allison on Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:13
Anthony Shirley, Outreach Program Coordinator

September 24th Session: The Importance of a Résumé

Join CESA’s Scholarship & Financial Resources Coordinator, the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid, and the Career & Professional Development Center for this virtual info session series designed to help you with all things financial aid at the U!

Future Sessions

  • October 1: All Things FAFSA
  • October 8: Ins & Outs of a Letter of Recommendation
  • October 15: The “What, Who, Where, When, and Why” of a Personal Essay
  • October 22: Q & A on All Things Scholarships & Financial Aid

Please visit this website to join this zoom conference. 


Backpack Giveaway

Submitted by analysa.allison on Thu, 09/17/2020 - 14:59
Natalie Billie

Our program will be having a backpack giveaway, however this year it will be a little different. We will have a drive-thru backpack giveaway. We ask that you stay in your vehicle, and Title VI Staff will be on-site to assist in loading backpacks into your trunk and collect your names. You will not be able to choose backpack styles at this time. Both events are while supplies last.* 

There are two opportunities to participate in this event:

  • Monday, September 21, 2020, at 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Larsen Elementary in the bus lane.
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Cherry Creek Elementary on 100 E by the Title VI classroom. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Eileen Quitnana or Natalie Billie


Utah Navajo Trust Fund Scholarship

Submitted by analysa.allison on Tue, 09/08/2020 - 09:30
Applies to All Students -- Before applying for UNTF:
A. Applicants must be a lifetime resident, having permanent homestead in San Juan County, Utah to be eligible.
B. Have been accepted by and officially registered with your college or university.
C. Have applied for Federal Student Aid (Pell Grant) and turned Student Aid Report (SAR) to financial aid office.
D. Applied for the Navajo Tribal scholarship (NTS). If denied, submit denial letter. Call 1-800-243-2956 for NTS information.
The Utah  Navajo Trust Fund (UNTF) assists eligible Utah Navajo students with post -secondary financial assistance/scholarships. UNTF has two types of  College Scholarship/Financial Assistance: one is the UNTF Endowment Fund  and the other is the regular UNTF higher education program.

Eligibility: Meet the Residency definition of a Utah Navajo and  enrollment with the Navajo Nation as a tribal member. Students can  attend a university of their choice but their parents have to be a full  time resident living in San Juan County, Utah. Older students with a  family, must have lived in San Juan County, Utah for the past five years  or have left San Juan County not more than one year ago.

Students  can attend any university, college, or technical/trade school of their  choosing, including on-line courses. Most of the Utah Navajo students  attend universities in the states of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada,  and Ft Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, mostly because Utah Navajo  students are eligible for in-state tuition because the Navajo Nation is  in these states. UNTF can also fund high school students under the  concurrent enrollment program, where they can continue to attend high  school and some college classes at the same time.

For information: UNTF Higher Education Office; 151 East 500 North; Blanding, Utah 84511.  Phone: (800) 378-2050 or (435) 678-1460 (front desk); (435) 678-1462  (Education Specialist); (435) 678-1469 (Education Administrative  Assistant)

Download application here

Hoop of Learning Program

Submitted by analysa.allison on Fri, 09/04/2020 - 10:53
Gateway Community College

Hoop of Learning Program

  • Earn up to six college credits
  • Attend skills workshops
  • Meet invited Native American guest speakers
  • Explore careers
  • FREE Tuition, fees and textbooks

Download Application

About the Hoop of Learning Program

The Hoop of Learning Program is an early college high school bridge program administered by the Maricopa County Community Colleges District. Born from a need to help Native American students stay in school and pursue a college degree, the Hoop of Learning Program has celebrated over a decade of success and continues to grow.

The Hoop of Learning program offers a conceptual design tailored specifically to meet the academic and cultural needs of Native American students. Basic tenets of the model replicate the indigenous Circle of Life philosophy long practiced by Native American peoples of the North and South Americas. These tenets include:

  • Traditional Native worldview of lifelong development
  • Developing strong positive cultural identities and integrity
  • Culturally relevant education
  • Traditional Tribal community facilitated by a broad network of relations
  • Individuals contributing to the well being of the community
  • Native people serving as role models

Costs and Scholarships

Scholarships are available to all eligible participants. Scholarships cover the cost of tuition (up to 12 credits per year), fees and textbooks.


  • Must have minimum high school GPA 2.0
  • Incoming high school sophomore, junior and senior students are eligible to apply
  • Must be American Indian or a member of a state or federally recognized tribe

How to Apply

  • Download and print the Application.
  • Complete and sign all necessary documents with your parents
  • Provide High School Transcripts
  • Provide Copy of Tribal Affiliation (C.I.B., tribal enrollment card, etc.)
  • Provide Copy of Evidence of Lawful Presence (see application for acceptable documentation)
  • Deliver all documents to the Hoop of Learning program office
    • GWCC Hoop of Learning, MA Building/MA2212

MCCCD Grant Application for HOOP of Learning Students


Iris Calderon, M.Ed.
(602) 286-8930
MA Building/MA2212
Washington Campus 

For more information:

DS19 Taylor Eddie And The Art Of Agriculture

Submitted by analysa.allison on Wed, 09/02/2020 - 14:18
Running Strong American Indian Youth

The following article was wrttien by the Running Strong American Indian Youth Organziation:

2019 Running Strong for American Indian Youth Dreamstarter Taylor Eddie (Navajo Nation), 18, of Spanish Fork, Utah is pursuing her dream “A Complete Agricultural Experience” designed to introduce agriculture as business career and to show Native students how agriculture ties in to Native history and culture.

Through her Dreamstarter project, Taylor has built a vegetable garden, a chicken coop, nesting boxes and is tending to goats. She is selling produce, milk and eggs at local farmers markets and teaching her fellow students about how to develop a basic business plan, advertising, employment and money management.

“My project fits perfectly into this theme of entrepreneurship because agriculture is a business; it is one of the most important businesses because it feeds the world,” Taylor told us in her Dreamstarter application.

“Times have changed for our Native American communities, who were always hunters and gatherers. Now we can make a living so that we can support our families with this career. Native Americans have been practicing agriculture for generations.”

Taylor also expressed the importance of food security through agriculture in helping to ensure that Native communities have access to fresh vegetables and fruits, eggs and meat.

“Local farming gives us the ability to feed people in our communities independent of outside influences and keeps dollars spent on agricultural products in the local economy,” she noted. “The most basic needs of humankind are food, water and shelter. Without them, life, society and economies would cease to exist.”

Her mentor, Eileen Quintana, program manager Nebo School District Title VI Indian Education program which supplements the education of Native students, reported that with Taylor’s $10,000 Dreamstarter grant they were able to purchase chickens, and two goats which live in a pasture near the school, put up fencing, establish gardens, and more.

Students milked the goats and learned how to make goat cheese, as well as caramel, and soap products which they sold locally.


“Some families bought chickens and students learned to raise them from chicks,” Eileen told us. “They are now producing eggs and so we are enjoying fresh eggs that we all buy from them.

“We planted gardens and sold our produce at student farmers market. Taylor and the Nebo Title VI parent committee bought a sheep to butcher so that they could sell mutton stew and fry bread at a Native American Arts Market.”

Among those Nebo students who benefited from Taylor’s Dreamstater project is 7-year-old Jericho whose family bought nine chickens.

“He has learned how to take care of these chickens by feeding them, making sure they have water and cleaning out the coop,” she said. “He has even named them: Betty White, the three Kardashians, Jessie’s girl, Marge, Lisa and Maggie, but his favorite chicken’s name is Ruby.

“He enjoys playing with all of them. He brings in the eggs and helps sell them to the Indian Education families. He is learning about food and how his chickens lay fresh eggs to feed all the families.”

In addition, teenagers Alexa and Shaina milked the goats.

“They never had the opportunity to care for livestock since they lived in an urban setting,” said Eileen. “They came with us to buy supplies, feed and hay, and really got attached to the goats.Their trips to the goat pasture was filled with laughter, teaching as well as learning about goats.

“They also planted two garden boxes at their home and enjoyed going out daily to water, weed and check the garden…eating fresh tomatoes was their favorite thing!”

Eileen also reported that Nebo School District’s Future Farmers of America program partnered with their Camp Eagle Summer School to teach about animals and gardens and donated vegetable seedlings and provided a teacher to teach about gardening techniques.

Taylor was able to teach students for one whole week about gardens, goat and chick care and how to start a small business.

“We are learning about self-sufficiency through raising our own food and incorporating indigenous foods to keep healthy.”


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