Indigenous People’s Day is a counter-celebration holiday for the Euro-centric Columbus Day in the United States. It promotes the history of Native Americans.
Indigenous: Communities, peoples or nations that have historical continuity with pre-colonial societies. They are determined to preserve, develop and transmit to future generations their ancestral territories and their ethnic identity as the basis of their continued existence as peoples.
University of Washington
Denise Bill has been a teacher, staff development trainer, and administrator in the public education system for 20 years. Denise was the Superintendent of the Muckleshoot Tribal School for two years. Denise currently manages a federal technology grant at the Muckleshoot Tribal College. Her emphasis is working with Native American students in public schools and at Muckleshoot Tribal College. Denise serves as adjunct faculty for Northwest Indian College, Evergreen State College, and, Antioch University.
Mike is a Yakama tribal member who grew up on an Indian reservation, where he learned to value Native culture and education achievement from his parents. He graduated from White Swan, WA in 1979. As a young man, Mike enlisted into the US Air Force as a vehicle mechanic and was discharged as an E-4 Sergeant. After completing his military service, Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in Geography. He also earned his state Teacher’s certificate and began teaching in Seattle Public Schools. Since then, Mike has earned a Master’s Degree in Education and a doctorate in Forestry. Mike has also worn a number of professional hats including: Title VII director, US Department of Education Program Specialist, policy analyst, tribal liaison, and university lecturer.
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