PUSD Indian Education Program

PUSD Indian Education Program The PUSD Indian Education Program provides culturally relevant programs as well as academic support for PUSD Students K-12. The program is overseen by the parents/guardians of the students and offers events for Native Students throughout the school year.

Native families of the Prescott Unified School District are eligible for additional services for their Native students enrolled in the public school system. These services include tutoring, cultural education, field trips, and regular parent committee meetings to stay informed.

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Attention 2022 Graduating Seniors:The Heisman Trophy Trust along with Acceptance Insurance continue the 27-year traditio...
09/20/2021
Heisman High School Scholarship Application

Attention 2022 Graduating Seniors:

The Heisman Trophy Trust along with Acceptance Insurance continue the 27-year tradition of honoring high school seniors who accomplish tremendous feats in the classroom, on the field, and most importantly, within their communities through the Heisman High School Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes and rewards both male and female high school athletes who are community-minded and driven to use their exceptional talents for the benefit of all.

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Big "Thank You" to our 2020-2021 Indian Education Tutoring crew.  Our students and families truly appreciate your knowle...
06/07/2021

Big "Thank You" to our 2020-2021 Indian Education Tutoring crew. Our students and families truly appreciate your knowledge and abilities assisting our students in need of academic assistance. Pictured here with "Ed" the Bear (L to R): Casey Pimental, Kelly Mattox - Indian Ed Coordinator, Monique LaFlamme and Abby Ruby.

Many blessings on a bright future...Casey we will see you next year!

Big "Thank You" to our 2020-2021 Indian Education Tutoring crew. Our students and families truly appreciate your knowledge and abilities assisting our students in need of academic assistance. Pictured here with "Ed" the Bear (L to R): Casey Pimental, Kelly Mattox - Indian Ed Coordinator, Monique LaFlamme and Abby Ruby.

Many blessings on a bright future...Casey we will see you next year!

Congrats Class of 2021...pictured here Briza Martinez and Pedro Valdivia..
05/30/2021

Congrats Class of 2021...pictured here Briza Martinez and Pedro Valdivia..

Congrats Class of 2021...pictured here Briza Martinez and Pedro Valdivia..

Congratulations 2021 Grads Briza Martinez, Emiliano Hidalgo and Makenna Tippet.Badger Pride!
05/29/2021

Congratulations 2021 Grads Briza Martinez, Emiliano Hidalgo and Makenna Tippet.

Badger Pride!

Congratulations 2021 Grads Briza Martinez, Emiliano Hidalgo and Makenna Tippet.

Badger Pride!

Congratulations to our 2021 PUSD Indigenous Graduates:Asley Crawford Emiliano HidalgoBriza MartinezMakenna TippetPedro V...
05/28/2021

Congratulations to our 2021 PUSD Indigenous Graduates:

Asley Crawford
Emiliano Hidalgo
Briza Martinez
Makenna Tippet
Pedro Valdivia

They have all been gifted a Feather Tassel to wear during this evenings ceremony at Bill Shepard Field.

Many Blessings!

Thank you Community Elder Alberta Cook for sharing your gifts from the Creator of sewing.  Alberta sewed 5 "Ed" the Bear...
05/17/2021

Thank you Community Elder Alberta Cook for sharing your gifts from the Creator of sewing. Alberta sewed 5 "Ed" the Bears for gifts to those that help our PUSD Indian Education Program. By the way "Ed" stands for Education.

In the traditional way it is a sacred to give and receive...

Giving in a sacred way has always been a central part of American Indian cultures. It may be a means of giving thanks, of bringing the people together, of gaining honor, of distributing material goods so that all may survive, of teaching. It maintains the balance that is needed to hold a nation together and to keep an individual in the right relationship within him or herself and with the community—a community that is not just composed of humans, but also of animals, plants, even the stones. For all things are alive.
-excerpt from "Sacred Giving and Receiving"
--by Joseph Bruchac, syndicated from Parabola, Aug 16, 2011

Thank you Community Elder Alberta Cook for sharing your gifts from the Creator of sewing. Alberta sewed 5 "Ed" the Bears for gifts to those that help our PUSD Indian Education Program. By the way "Ed" stands for Education.

In the traditional way it is a sacred to give and receive...

Giving in a sacred way has always been a central part of American Indian cultures. It may be a means of giving thanks, of bringing the people together, of gaining honor, of distributing material goods so that all may survive, of teaching. It maintains the balance that is needed to hold a nation together and to keep an individual in the right relationship within him or herself and with the community—a community that is not just composed of humans, but also of animals, plants, even the stones. For all things are alive.
-excerpt from "Sacred Giving and Receiving"
--by Joseph Bruchac, syndicated from Parabola, Aug 16, 2011

"Elder Talk" with Zoey Wood-Salomon today at 5:30 pm Arizona Time.  Here is the link and Zoey's bio.  Please join us and...
05/11/2021

"Elder Talk" with Zoey Wood-Salomon today at 5:30 pm Arizona Time. Here is the link and Zoey's bio. Please join us and celebrate the "Seven Grandmother Teachings" as created in Zoey's paintings.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82392399230?pwd=cGFodHdXSXhaUzdkbUxNaWRxdkZIdz09

Meeting ID: 823 9239 9230
Passcode: Dqk0E2

"Elder Talk" with Zoey Wood-Salomon today at 5:30 pm Arizona Time. Here is the link and Zoey's bio. Please join us and celebrate the "Seven Grandmother Teachings" as created in Zoey's paintings.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82392399230?pwd=cGFodHdXSXhaUzdkbUxNaWRxdkZIdz09

Meeting ID: 823 9239 9230
Passcode: Dqk0E2

Thank you Elder Debra Vaughan for your creativity and dedication to PUSD's Native Program.  The "Solidarity Necklace" Ki...
05/10/2021

Thank you Elder Debra Vaughan for your creativity and dedication to PUSD's Native Program. The "Solidarity Necklace" Kits she envisioned will be sent to our Native Students enrolled in the program this week.

Special Thanks also goes to PHS student Cheyenne Peterson and Mom Iris Watahomigie that came out last Tuesday to put the finishing touch on the necklace kits.

Next Tuesday, May 11th join us for another amazing "Elder Talk" conversation with accomplished Painter/Author Zoey Wood-...
05/05/2021

Next Tuesday, May 11th join us for another amazing "Elder Talk" conversation with accomplished Painter/Author Zoey Wood-Salomon.

The PUSD Indian Education "Elder Talk" series brings generations together to support community and cultural engagement. Elders are respected individuals who play key roles in Indigenous communities. They are important knowledge keepers, and they also help to ensure cultural continuity.

Our "Elder Talk" with Zoey Wood-Salomon will be on May 11, 2021 at 5:30 pm (MST) on the virtual Zoom platform. See the link below....

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82392399230?pwd=cGFodHdXSXhaUzdkbUxNaWRxdkZIdz09

Meeting ID: 823 9239 9230
Passcode: Dqk0E2

Questions? Call PUSD Indian Education Coordinator Kelly Mattox at (928)830-7658.

Next Tuesday, May 11th join us for another amazing "Elder Talk" conversation with accomplished Painter/Author Zoey Wood-Salomon.

The PUSD Indian Education "Elder Talk" series brings generations together to support community and cultural engagement. Elders are respected individuals who play key roles in Indigenous communities. They are important knowledge keepers, and they also help to ensure cultural continuity.

Our "Elder Talk" with Zoey Wood-Salomon will be on May 11, 2021 at 5:30 pm (MST) on the virtual Zoom platform. See the link below....

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82392399230?pwd=cGFodHdXSXhaUzdkbUxNaWRxdkZIdz09

Meeting ID: 823 9239 9230
Passcode: Dqk0E2

Questions? Call PUSD Indian Education Coordinator Kelly Mattox at (928)830-7658.

Happy Earth Day from one of our alumni presenters, singer songwriter Joe Reilly.  Pictured here with "Ed" the bear.  "Ed...
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day from one of our alumni presenters, singer songwriter Joe Reilly. Pictured here with "Ed" the bear. "Ed" the bear is handcrafted by our Indian Education Parent Committee and students and is gifted to our presenters after each presentation. You can check out his Earth Day Concert here, https://www.facebook.com/joereillymusic/videos/243233320825493/

#earthdayiseveryday

Happy Earth Day from one of our alumni presenters, singer songwriter Joe Reilly. Pictured here with "Ed" the bear. "Ed" the bear is handcrafted by our Indian Education Parent Committee and students and is gifted to our presenters after each presentation. You can check out his Earth Day Concert here, https://www.facebook.com/joereillymusic/videos/243233320825493/

#earthdayiseveryday

First time in over a year we came together to start assembling our Intertribal Necklace Making Kits.  Thank you Elder De...
04/21/2021

First time in over a year we came together to start assembling our Intertribal Necklace Making Kits. Thank you Elder Debra for organizing this project, and the students and families that came to assist with the kits. This project will support tribal solidarity while encouraging the uniqueness and sacred individuality of our 12 tribes represented in our PUSD American Indian Education Program

Our next virtual "Elder Talk" will be with Zoey Wood-Salomon on May 11, 2021.  Here is a sample of who this amazing Arti...
04/16/2021
Winter Festival of Art: Finding Joy | Zoey Wood-Solomon

Our next virtual "Elder Talk" will be with Zoey Wood-Salomon on May 11, 2021. Here is a sample of who this amazing Artist Elder is and how she finds inspiration.

We will post the information on how to join us for the PUSD Indian Education May 11th "Elder Talk" with Zoey very soon.

Many Blessings!

https://youtu.be/KlMSSsdjBqg

The Winter Festival of Art is an annual exhibition held by the Art Gallery of Algoma, inviting gallery members to submit works of art inspired by different t...

Introducing the PUSD Indian Education Program's "Elder Talk" Series.  Our hour long virtual events will bring generation...
03/26/2021

Introducing the PUSD Indian Education Program's "Elder Talk" Series. Our hour long virtual events will bring generations together to support community and cultural engagement. Elders are respected individuals who play key roles in Indigenous communities. They are important knowledge keepers, and they also help to ensure cultural continuity.

Our first "Elder Talk" will be on April 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm (MST) with Eva Menefee on the Google Meets platform.

Please call PUSD Indian Education Coordinator Kelly Mattox at (928)830-7658 for additional details and the link to this online event.

Introducing the PUSD Indian Education Program's "Elder Talk" Series. Our hour long virtual events will bring generations together to support community and cultural engagement. Elders are respected individuals who play key roles in Indigenous communities. They are important knowledge keepers, and they also help to ensure cultural continuity.

Our first "Elder Talk" will be on April 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm (MST) with Eva Menefee on the Google Meets platform.

Please call PUSD Indian Education Coordinator Kelly Mattox at (928)830-7658 for additional details and the link to this online event.

Notice of the PUSD Indian Education Program Annual Meeting - Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 5:30 pm.  This year the meeting ...
03/12/2021

Notice of the PUSD Indian Education Program Annual Meeting - Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 5:30 pm. This year the meeting will be on the Google Meets Virtual platform.

If you have questions please contact the PUSD Indian Education Coordinator - Kelly Mattox at [email protected]

Notice of the PUSD Indian Education Program Annual Meeting - Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 5:30 pm. This year the meeting will be on the Google Meets Virtual platform.

If you have questions please contact the PUSD Indian Education Coordinator - Kelly Mattox at [email protected]

Full Circle Scholarship – Application OpenThe American Indian College Fund supports American Indian and Alaska Native co...
02/17/2021
Full Circle Scholarship Walk Through Video - American Indian College Fund

Full Circle Scholarship – Application Open

The American Indian College Fund supports American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking technical, undergraduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges and other nonprofit, accredited schools.

The Application Opens February 1st, and the Deadline to Apply is May 31st.

CLICK HERE to view the recording of our 2021 Full Circle Kick-Off Event.

Check out this short road map to help you apply for the American Indian College Fund's Full Circle Scholarship Application. Learn what you need to get starte...

For students interested in higher education options mark your calendars for February 23rd....
02/16/2021

For students interested in higher education options mark your calendars for February 23rd....

For students interested in higher education options mark your calendars for February 23rd....

Please share the following information with high school students...there will be a virtual college fair on Feb. 10.  The...
02/08/2021

Please share the following information with high school students...there will be a virtual college fair on Feb. 10. The Virtual Fair will have two different sessions, one at 10-11:30 am, and another at 6-7:30 pm. Currently there are 13 trade schools and community colleges participating in the event.

The event will be via Zoom - https://tinyurl.com/virtualcfair The meeting ID# is 813 1364 0089, passcode = Fair

For more information please contact:

Kendra Hobson - 928-442-5762
College & Career Specialist
Yavapai County Education Service Agency

Please share the following information with high school students...there will be a virtual college fair on Feb. 10. The Virtual Fair will have two different sessions, one at 10-11:30 am, and another at 6-7:30 pm. Currently there are 13 trade schools and community colleges participating in the event.

The event will be via Zoom - https://tinyurl.com/virtualcfair The meeting ID# is 813 1364 0089, passcode = Fair

For more information please contact:

Kendra Hobson - 928-442-5762
College & Career Specialist
Yavapai County Education Service Agency

"When you lose an elder, you lose a part of yourself," said Navajo woman Monica Harvey, who lives in Leupp, Arizona, eas...
02/04/2021

"When you lose an elder, you lose a part of yourself," said Navajo woman Monica Harvey, who lives in Leupp, Arizona, east of Flagstaff. "You lose a connection to history, our stories, our culture, our traditions. (excerpt from an Associated Press Article titled "Native American Tribes Try to Protect Elders, Their Knowledge from Loss to Coronavirus" dated December 27, 2020 )

It is with heavy hearts and great respect that PUSD's Indian Education Program bids farewell to Navajo Elder Toney Largo.

In 2018 Toney was our Master of Ceremony at our first PUSD Indian Education Year End Banquet. He was an integral part in inviting our program and students to participate with a booth at the annual Prescott Pow Wow in September.

Not only did Toney share his love for his ancestry and culture but he displayed an undivided commitment to Mother Earth, America and all beings. As a Veteran Toney was an amazing example of outstanding honor, courage and resilience. He was open to all individuals striving to build bridges while maintaining his sacred culture.

We will miss you Toney Largo.

Written on behalf of all students, families and staff, past and present, participating in the PUSD Indian Education Program....
Kelly Mattox, Indian Education Coordinator, 2017-present

The following is a post from the Museum of Indigenous People dated January 29, 2021:

"Today, the Museum of Indigenous People, its Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers are saddened to learn of the passing of Toney Largo.
This truly valuable man served as president of the Granite Mountain Gourd Society, vice president of the Prescott Powwow and, we were honored to have him, on our Board of Trustees.
Toney was a member of the Navajo Nation and a Vietnam Era veteran, having proudly served with the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division.
He was a Gourd Dancer and Southern Straight Powwow Dancer. He brought the same dedication and leadership to organizing powwows he learned so well in service to our country.
In the last few years, he played a key role in organizing the Fallen 19 Gourd Dance - honoring the Granite Mountain Hot Shots killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire. He provided leadership and guidance that made the Contemporary Native American Festival Powwow and the Prescott Powwow possible.
Toney inspired and gave young people knowledge they needed to participate in Powwow. More than that, he made sure they had sacred dance gear and regalia needed to participate in powwows, sometimes making it himself.
"He was our Warrior Chief and Spiritual Leader," said Manuel Lucero, Assistant Director Museum of Indigenous People, Vice President Gourd Society, President Prescott Powwow
Museum of Indigenous People Executive Director Cindy Gresser added the thing she most loved about Toney: "He taught to anyone willing to learn."

Considering putting together a podcast? Jade Roberts did.  Roberts is a Woodland Cree woman from Lac La Ronge Indian Ban...
02/02/2021
Episode 7: Year 1 Recap - Still Here Still Healing

Considering putting together a podcast? Jade Roberts did. Roberts is a Woodland Cree woman from Lac La Ronge Indian Band. Check out her podcast on whatever platform you turn to for podcast listening.

Still Here Still Healing

A podcast that brings awareness to the history and lasting impacts of residential schools as well as the ongoing impacts of colonization. Listen to stories from residential school survivors and learn from discussions with Indigenous youth about topics such as culture, language, identity, and community.

Episode 7: Year One Re-Cap

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2443R7a3OfzlfShkJPfWq5?si=A14hOE-GQMKyLQeAT0fibw

Still Here Still Healing turns 1! In this episode I pay tribute to the residential school survivors that trusted me with their stories. I discuss the ups and downs of my first year as a podcaster, and share the plans for what's next.

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