Dear Community Members,
The Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Education Alliance (UAI/ANEA) recently formalized as a viable community based organization. This grassroots organization developed from growing community concerns to address issues related to our youth, Indian Education and “Native Focused” programs. Members of UAI/ANEA are steadfast and proactive in establishing a working collaborative relationship with the Seattle Public Schools (SPS).
These efforts resulted in an initial meeting with key SPS administrators on Feb 11th, 2010. At this meeting we proposed policy changes; requested culturally responsive education, and recommended continued collaboration with the Native American community. Many of the recommendations presented at this meeting were ideas extrapolated from various open community meetings. Our proposal detailed: immediate, short range and long range objectives to support Indian Education and Native Focused programs.
The UAI/ANEA meet bi-monthly and are open to the public. Our elected membership includes elders, parents, community members and youth. Our goal is to increase our visibility within the SPS; promote educational changes; and identify issues, concerns, and needs of our Native community.
In addition to designing a strong proposal to SPS,UAI/ANEA is actively organizing events and workshops for our community. These efforts support our community by (efforts promoting education, unity, cooperation, and collaboration.
Recently, UAI/ANEA and Seattle Clear Sky Native Youth Council co-sponsored a workshop with the NW Justice Project. This successful community event attracted over 75 participants. NW Justice Project focused their workshop on educational rights for youth and parents titled “Knowing Your Rights”. In addition, UAI/ANEA member’s participated in (an) educational training on H.B. 1495 Tribal Sovereignty curriculum with S. Brown. Members of our Education Alliance are diligently working to develop a solid foundation and a focused mission to advance the educational, cultural, and traditional needs of our youth.
UAI/ANEA is strongly encouraging the SPS to collaborate, consult, and share decision-making with our community based organization. Currently there is no community based or grass roots organization which provides a “voice” for the Native community. This deficiency allowed SPS administrators to function without cultural intelligence and make policy changes which have adversely affected our Native youth and community. Our Native youth continue to have the highest dropout rate, truancy, and delinquency statistics of all races of kids in SPS.
Now is the time to make a stand for our future, voice our needs, and empower our youth. We can make educational achievement possible and attainable, and help our children be at the center of excellence.
Requesting Community Support
Dear Community Members,
The Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Education Alliance is respectfully requesting community support and attendance at the next SPS Board meeting on March 3rd, 2010.
The purpose of attending the Seattle Public School Board meeting is to demonstrate our collective responsibility for and commitment to our Native youth. In addition, members of the UAI/ANEA will be presenting a proposal consisting of recommendations and requests for improving Indian Education and “Native Focused” programs.
Our vision is to establish a successful partnership between Native families and the Seattle Public School District. A strong partnership can promote collaboration, cooperation, and district accountability.
If you are interested in reviewing the proposal please go to our google group site: http://groups.google.com/group/UIANEA/topics
Please support our effort with a demonstration of “UNITY” and commitment towards academic achievement and support for Native children.
Location of SPS Board meeting:
John Stanford Center
2445 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
Date: Wednesday March 3rd
Feel free to contact UAI/ANEA members if you would like
to discuss any concerns or questions.