In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Hope Club Dancers and Drummers presented some traditional dances for the students of Community Elementary. The club is from Sequoyah High School in Talequah, OK and performs for students to bring cultural awareness to communities like Coffeyville and promote Native American pride. The club presented different dances, explaining the origins of the dance and their traditional attire. They also had CE student and teacher volunteers participate in community dances. Thank you to the Hope Club Dancers and Drummers for your awesome presentation!
This event was made possible through the USD 445 Indian Education Program, Kris Crane Director. Our school district receives two grants; one from the Title VII U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Indian Education and the other from the Johnson-O’Malley (JOM) Co-Partner Program which is administered through Cherokee Nation. Our goal is to provide educational and cultural resources for the Native American students enrolled in USD 445. Of the total enrollment of approximately 1800 students (this includes Early Learning Center and Non-graded students), we have 380 who have identified as American Indian. That is 21 % of our total enrollment. Through our grants, we offer Native American Club to both the junior high and high school students, college resource assistance to the high school students, and at CE we offer the Indian Education After School Program, or Indian Club to those students who are enrolled in Title VII.