Thursday, January 18, 2007

Northwest Native School to Open in Alaska

The Anchorage school board in Alaska has given unanimous approval for a Northwest Native charter school. Northwest Native children today "have become an MTV, bling-bling generation, and that's not the way of our people," said Liana Engebretson, an Northwest Native Athabascan and Tlingit mother. "A school like this would be so great to turn that around, and start to teach our children who they are, where they came from, and who their ancestors are." The Alaska Native Cultural Charter School could open by fall 2007. The K-6 school, open to Northwest Native and non-Native youth, would emphasize hands-on learning and involve role models from the Northwest Native community in Alaska.

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1 comment:

Aliza said...

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