Oyate is one of two seniors to graduate the first term of the school year. And the first for our program to spotlight. She is deligtful and full of enthusiasm and energy. I asked Oyate to write a little about herself:
My friends and family descibe me as creative, kind, passionate, hard working and beautiful. I love to sing, draw and to watch movies during my free time. My all time favorite movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas. My favorite food comes from my mother's side of the family, Filipino egg rolls called Lumpia. My favorite color is blue and my favorite sport is football. My favorite class was oil painting. My most memorable moment of high school has to be when my former principal Joe Kelly of Landmark High School pinned me with a special dragon pin for showing true dragon spirit in front of the whole school. My future plans are to work full time at a good paying job and move out on my own. One thing I have on my bucket list is to visit Australia. My favorite quote of all time is, "In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took but how many moments took your breath away." -Unknown
P.S. I thought you might like this painting that I did in my oil paintings class as my final student project.
One December 14th, students will have the opporotunity to work with Michelle Sanchez; beader, traditional regalia expert and teacher. She will teach the basics of beading a Native American medallion. Michelle learned to bead at a very young age and has shared her expertise and knowledge through artist in residence programs, after school labs and studio classes. The class will be held on Monday, December 14 from 4:00-6:00 at Larsen Elementary. The cost of the materials will be $10.00.
Native American medallions have been traced back to as early as 800 A.D. The medallions were traditionally used as talisman against threat or harm. Medallions have been made of metals, precious stones, shells, and bone. Since the introduction of trade beads, medallions have become more sophisticated in their design. Modern day madallions are now sometimes used as cultural and individual identity markers. Come join us in learning how to build this traditional craft that spans across time and tribes.
NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2015
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
American Indians and Alaska Natives enrich every aspect of our country. As the
first to live on this land, Native Americans and their traditions and values
inspired -- and continue to inspire -- the ideals of self-governance and
determination that are the framework of our Nation. This month, we recognize the
contributions made by Native Americans since long before our founding, and we
resolve to continue the work of strengthening government-to-government ties with
tribal nations and expanding possibility for all.
Native Americans have helped make America what it is today. As we reflect on our
history, we must acknowledge the unfortunate chapters of violence,
discrimination, and deprivation that went on for far too long, as well as the
effects of injustices that continue to be felt. While we cannot undo the pain
and tragedy of the past, we can set out together to forge a brighter future of
progress and hope across Indian Country and the entire American landscape.
Since I took office, I have worked with tribal leaders to write a new chapter in
our nation-to-nation relationship. Ensuring young people have every opportunity
to succeed is a critical aspect of our work together, and this year my
Administration hosted the inaugural White House Tribal Youth Gathering following
the launch of Generation Indigenous -- an initiative aimed at improving the
lives of Native youth and empowering the next generation of Native leaders. We
will also host the seventh White House Tribal Nations Conference later this
year, bringing together leaders of 567 tribes to explore opportunities for
progress, with a particular focus on young people. As part of our agenda for
providing Native youth the chance to realize their fullest potential, I have
engaged tribal communities in a range of critical areas, and we have worked
together to boost high school graduation rates and afford young people more
chances to pursue higher education, employment, and professional development
opportunities. We're also working to expand access to health and counseling
services essential to ensuring youth feel safe and heard.
My Administration has continued to partner with tribes to address vital gaps in
resources for Indian Country, including equipping communities with broadband,
rebuilding infrastructure, spurring economic growth, and increasing renewable
energy. To confront the peril of a changing climate, we are also working with
tribal leaders across America to develop effective approaches to protecting our
communities from this grave threat. And because we know that fostering pride in
the languages, traditions, and practices that make up the extraordinary richness
of Native American culture is central to our shared progress, my Administration
remains committed to ensuring every community feels connected to the
extraordinary legacies they are a part of.
This month, let us reaffirm our responsibility to ensure each generation is
defined by a greater sense of opportunity than the last, and let us pledge to
maintain our strong relationship with tribal nations across America. By keeping
this commitment, and by endeavoring to shape a future in which every citizen has
the chance to build a life worthy of their hopes and dreams, we can ensure that
ours is a country that is true to our spirit and to our enduring promise as a
land where all things are possible for all people.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by
virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the
United States, do hereby proclaim November 2015 as National Native American
Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with
appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 27, 2015, as
Native American Heritage Day.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of October,
in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.