Everyday Native education community grows fast during COVID-19

Pictured: Nicole Pablo helping her sons with homework in Polson, Montana, on the Flathead Reservation in 2016.(Photo: Sue Reynolds)

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Second anniversary sees new videos launch

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Everyday Native

Everyday Native, a free fourth to twelfth grade online teacher’s resource based on uplifting the stories of today’s Native American youth, is seeing fast growth during COVID-19 nationwide school closures. Teachers are the majority of Everyday Native users. Since March 2020, Everyday Native users increased in more than 29 states. The highest increases  over 500%  were in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Washington state. Teachers and other educators are embracing Everyday Native as an effective resource for online learning that allows students to better understand Native youth experiences today and US History from a Native perspective.

New Videos Receive Early Praise: Tiyapo’s Story

Celebrating Everyday Native’s second anniversary, four new videos expand its online series highlighting Native youth voices. In short, themed segments, Tiyapo tells about growing up Nez Perce, Spokane and Colville. He shares how his experiences teach him to respect and draw from his tribal culture now and for the future. “Tiyapo’s Story” is one of emotional strength, focus, purpose, and pride.

Narration is provided again by Peter Coyote, a non-Native actor and director, and an early supporter of Everyday Native’s mission to bring Native youth stories into classrooms. Coyote narrates for PBS documentaries.

“They are excellent…I love seeing [Native youth] talk about their culture in our modern world,” says Alina Graves, a seventh grade teacher in Montana.

As with Everyday Native’s first video, “Patricia’s Story,” these new videos are a collaboration between Natives and non-Natives to amplify Native experiences.

Commenting on Everyday Native’s growing video series, Ms. Graves notes, “Tiyapo and Patricia are such relatable young people for both Native and non-Native students.”

The new videos launch the first week of September and are free with registration at everydaynative.com.

Featured at Indian Education Virtual Conference

Everyday Native was a featured presenter at South Dakota’s 2020 Indian Education Conference virtual conference August 10-24. The annual conference hosts Indian educators and advocates who share resources that empower Native communities.

Cross-Cultural Collaboration: A Long Friendship

Everyday Native was born out of the collaboration between non-Native documentary photographer, Sue Reynolds, and Victor Charlo, a Salish Indian poet-playwright and venerated member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes. Reynolds and Charlo’s first collaboration included a photo-poetry book, Still Here: Not Living in Tipis, which saw success and recognition from then-United States Congressman George Miller and then-California State Senator Mark DeSaulnier.

Everyday Native and its team are recognized for service to the community by United States Senators Kamala Harris, Jon Tester, and Elizabeth Warren, and United States Representative Martha McSally. Both Reynolds and Charlo’s works strive towards healing racism and have appeared in national and international outlets. Since August, 2018, Everyday Native continues to see user growth and praise for its content that brings Native youth stories to classrooms throughout the United States.

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