Teachers at Willamina Elementary School are bringing tribal education into the classroom this year in a broader way.
The school will give fourth graders a total of 15 sessions on the history of the nearby Grand Ronde Tribe as part of the curriculum. The tribe created the lessons.
The tribe’s newspaper, Smoke Signals, reports that teachers will evaluate each lesson after they’re taught so they can be refined.
Tribal officials ultimately hope to gain the endorsement of the state Department of Education so the program can be taught at more school districts.
The state’s recently hired Indian education specialist, Alice Campbell, calls the program “long overdue.”