The mission of the Indian Studies Program is to bring, through existing and new relationships between families and educators, ancient Tlingit educational values and ways of knowledge, wisdom, listening and understanding, respect, compassion, beauty and to nurture our connection to this place to all Juneau School District students, families, and staff.

SEE below for more thoughts/notes on the mission statement…

The following are notes taken from a meeting that took place during this month 12/13.

1. What are the opportunities or needs that we exist to address? (the purpose ISP)

a. Support educators
b. Support all students
c. Celebrate & learn native culture of our place
d. Celebrate (we crossed out restore) the dignity & identity of native students, family & community
e. Acknowledge and recognize and accept the Native Educational System
f. Build and support the educational community for all students, especially the native students
g. Instill pride and dignity in the hearts and minds of our Native students…justice and equity
h. Empower all students to accept themselves/know their history and to know that they have the ability to succeed in whatever they strive for

2. What are we doing to address these needs? (the business of the organization)

a. Encourage schools to incorporate place based pedagogy
b. Delivering CRPBE
c. Orient the parents, teachers, educational system about ISP, what, why, how they can help their children success
d. Integrating/inviting elders, culture bearers, and cultural specialists into the classroom
e. Demonstrate the power and effectiveness of the Tlingit Educational System through song, dance, story, art, geography/migration, historical types of achievements
f. Document & Impart the wisdom & knowledge of the people who have lived here for 10,000 years

3. What principles or beliefs guide our work? (the values of the organization)

a. Respect for children, parents, and teachers in dealing with our cultural activities
b. Our children deserve to experience the culture of this place
c. Directive/mandate from our elders
d. Our value system (Walter Soboleff’s WAY OF LIFE)
e. What our elders wanted our people to know about the communities our people settled in (the Gold Medal rally around communities)

More Mission statement notes/thoughts….

We, the board members, staff, and community of the Juneau School District Indian Studies Program are committed to and responsible for the continuance of and imparting ancient Tlingit educational values and ways of knowledge to all students and families: wisdom, listening and understanding, respect, compassion and beauty.

advocate, bridge, universal, values, include sense of PLACE nurture, connecting to place and identity

universal truths…ancient…

Declaration: perpetuating the wisdom and knowledge of the educational system of this place for our families.

Curriculum is enriched, supported, and integrated with cultural knowledge and “our way of life”, ways of knowing.

and all students feel the wisdom of our Elders to live up all children.

…include way of knowledge….equity replaces justice…ISP bridge between schools and families for benefit of students. …celebrate the dignity and identity and acknowledge the brilliance of native kids…

Provide all students within the Juneau School District place-based, community and culturally relevant education to prepare them for a positive, purposeful life.

Confident about each owns intellectual capabilities.

Notes from our brainstorming: (identify goals that can be met by Cultural Specialists, families, students… the Cultural Specialist goals will align to their 40/40/20 job responsibilities, … can become a plan and an evaluation tool)

    • Ways of Knowledge/Learning • right after mission statement, to accomplish mission, goal: way of knowing is to: • listen to one another, or what is written, or presented • acknowledge and accept you are intelligent, • respect, through knowing about lessons and why things are important • work together, with families to help achieve community • David’s thinking is ANY story can be appropriate, his examples for how it was in as a student in JDHS would be a powerful story to share with others, perhaps on ISP website?
  • Make our children feel that they are part of our educational community – that they feel a sense of belonging, a connection
  • Tell them stories of Strong Man, …
  • Share with our parents and families that we are sharing, that our children are learning within their schools…. SET A DATE FOR THIS
  • Provide opportunities to get our parents, grandparents, siblings into our schools – invite dance groups
  • Every native child will be competitive wherever they go

    TO DO:

    1. mandy send out mission statement to all ISP staff and board folks for input prior to 1/28 meeting

    2. talk with Melissa Kookesh about ISP & native organizations (and an invitation to other companies to follow suit) collaboration to allow employees to join their children/grandchildren’s classrooms.

    3. ISP team continue to define the goals as their day to day expectations map into the mission

    Mission Statement
    David G Katzeek
    December 2013

    The mission and/or vision of Indian Studies Program is to bring knowledge, wisdom, understanding, respect, justice, compassion, beauty and self-esteem to the students. This will fulfill the vision and mission of the ancient ones of the Tlingit Nation, which is woven throughout their ancient educational system.

    To accomplish the above the goal will be to educate, impart the ancient educational values, which are:

    Lingít áwé wa.é kaa x’éide kakGees.áax.
    You are a human being. You are to listen.

    The first corner post is that Tlingit people and all human beings have a very unique ability to learn to listen for a purpose. This is taught before birth by the Tlingit people and after birth until the person learns this discipline. The reason listening is so important, note the present tense, is because it is still important to this very day. Also, there were no written books on language, science, math, literature, geology, history, geography, biology, physiology, botany, hydrology, and etc. However, the Tlingit educational system has knowledge of these disciplines as shown in our use of natural resources.

    Lingít áwé wa.é yáa kududzigéi.
    You are a human being. You are Intelligent.

    The second corner post is that all human beings are intelligent. Acceptance of intelligence is important and that human beings can learn how to learn. Learning how to learn is a vital part of learning. The Tlingit phrase is Shtoo.atgagiltoow ‘you have the ability to learn how to learn’. The realization of intelligence comes from learning how to listen, to pay attention, to be quiet and to be still in mind, body, soul, and spirit. Acceptance is the key to learning. The students must accept this and acknowledge their gift of intelligence.

    Lingít áwé wa.é. Yáa at yakGeenéi.
    You are a human being.
    You will respect all things.

    The third corner is respect. The primary corner post of the educational tribal house. To listen, pay attention, and to be quiet in mind, body, soul and spirit is the important step of respecting ones self. To acknowledge and accept ones intelligence is also self-respect. Respecting the family, the community and the environment is woven through all the stories, traditions, and customs of the Tlingit people and is still practiced to this very day!


    The mission of the Juneau School District Indian Studies Program is to

    Place-based Tlingit culture, art and language are immersed within each of our schools. Curriculum is enriched, supported, and integrated with cultural knowledge and “our way of life”.

    Provide all students within the Juneau School District place-based, community and culturally relevant education to prepare them for a positive, purposeful life.

    Confident about each owns intellectual capabilities.

    Goal notes from our conversation:
    Our student's bright future is as important as their rich past.

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