In 1972 the Montana Constitution added Article X, section 1(2), which states:
“Every Montanan, whether Indian or non-Indian, be encouraged to learn about the distinct and unique heritage of American Indians in a culturally responsive manner; and
Every educational agency and all educational personnel will work cooperatively with Montana tribes or those tribes that are in close proximity, when providing instruction or when implementing an educational goal or adopting a rule related to the education of each Montana citizen, to include information specific to the cultural heritage and contemporary contributions of American Indians, with particular emphasis on Montana Indian tribal groups and governments.”
I am proud to be an educator in Montana, the only state in the county which requires educating students about the natives who first lived in North America.
1. Montana Office of Public Instruction: Indian Education for AllPlease click the following link to explore lessons we will learn this year.
2. Montana Office of Public Instruction: Seven Essential Understandings
3. Nk’wsum Salish Language SchoolPlease click the following link to access information about Salish culture and language.