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Indigenizing the Montessori method

Native educators are embracing a unique way of learning. Plus, more on the Caldor Fire affecting the Washoe Tribe near South Lake Tahoe

Native educators are Indigenizing a way of learning that is student-led. It is called the Montessori method. Janice LaFloe tells us about her work as founder of the Montessori American Indian Childcare Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe. 

Serrell Smokey is the chairman of the Washoe Tribe. He joins us today to give an update on the fires that have been burning near a resort owned by his tribe. 

Plus, ICT regular contributor Holly Cook Macarro is back. She is a partner of Spirit Rock Consulting and Red Lake Ojibwe. She gives us an update on her latest travels. 

A slice of our Indigenous world: 

  • Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will give remarks at the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 memorial.
  • A federal judge ruled that Lithium Americas Corp can excavate at its mining site despite concerns the area contains tribal artifacts and remains.
  • A statue of Christopher Columbus in Mexico City is being replaced by one of an Indigenous woman.
  • Oklahoma Representative Markwayne Mullin is providing new details of a mission he took to Afghanistan two weeks ago. He reports the family he went to save is now safely evacuated. 
  • Derrick Beetso is named the director of Arizona State University’s Indian gaming and tribal self-governance programs.
  • The Black Hills Powwow is canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports. Trahant is based in Phoenix.

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

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