Tempe Union Honors National Native American Heritage Month
Tempe Union recognized November as National Native American Heritage Month at the board meeting on November 18, 2020. Attached is the statement read to the board by board Vice-President Brian Garcia, who is of Native descent himself, to honor these communities and their contribution and importance to the Tempe Union High School District.
"Board President Hodge, fellow Board Members, Dr. Mendivil:
I want to recognize that November is Native American Heritage Month. This month-long celebration is also referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Fittingly, this year’s theme is “Resilient and Enduring: We Are Native People.” This year - with the COVID pandemic, social unrest and other factors - we have all seen many amazing examples of resilience and endurance, especially in our native communities and communities of color.
This November, and every month, we celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also a time to educate the public about tribes, to raise awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.
Our District is strengthened by the Native American populations that we serve, including approximately 550 students from over 15 different tribal nations. Our Teaching & Learning Department works closely with each tribe, to ensure that we are effectively meeting the needs of these students.
Tempe Union is proud to recognize National Native American Heritage Month and acknowledge the rich and diverse contributions of our Native American students and staff."