SPS marks Native American Heritage Month

SPS marks Native American Heritage Month
Posted on 11/14/2022
(SPS) -- Throughout the month of November, Sapulpa Public Schools is celebrating Native American Heritage Month.

Sapulpa Public Schools is located in the Muscogee Nation Reservation. 1,007 Native American students from 34 diverse tribal nations attend our schools.

Photo, left: Native American Student Association (NASA) prepares for the Homecoming Parade.

Among the events scheduled for November:

- Rock your Mocs! Students designed and sewed their own moccasins to wear to school on Tuesday, November 15, which is during "Rock Your Mocs!" Week across the U.S.

- Every Wednesday in November, Native American students in grades 8 through 12 have the opportunity for "Cultural Make & Takes." They're learning Native American arts and traditions, from clothing to jewelry and beadwork.

- BINGO night benefiting scholarships for Native American students is on Thursday, Nov. 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Annex.

- Students are learning traditional Native American games and sports, such as archery and stickball, throughout the month of November.

The Department of Indian Education of Sapulpa Public Schools exists to serve Native American students (Pre-K through 12) in the school district. Sapulpa Indian Education is funded by two federal grants Title VI and Johnson O’Malley.

Those federal dollars go directly to local programs to meet academic, social, and cultural needs, as well as college and career planning for our participating students.

  • Cultural presentations
  • Academic support
  • Behavioral health referrals
  • Tribal social service referrals
  • College visits
  • Assistance with obtaining tribal membership
  • Cap and gown (Johnson O'Malley only)
  • ACT Testing (Johnson O'Malley only)
  • Cultural field trips (Johnson O'Malley only)
  • Basic school supplies (Johnson O'Malley only)
  • Chromebook insurance (Johnson O'Malley only)
Challenge Bowl - Sapulpa Indian Education competes annually in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Challenge Bowl. It is a way for showcasing students' knowledge of the history and culture. The competition is a good place for all students to be courageous, to challenge themselves, make new friends, be respectful, and show good sportsmanship.

Community Involvement - Sapulpa Indian Education strives to involve the community at our events. We sponsor cultural days, after-school stickball, movie nights, annual stomp dance, and host the Yuchi Knowledge Bowl.

Native American Student Association - NASA provides a multi-tribal community for Native American students, and other students within the student body of Sapulpa Schools; to promote a better understanding for Native American people and their respective tribes, and to increase a public awareness of Native American cultures.

Enrollment in either Title VI or Johnson O'Malley does not obligate your student to participate. However, enrollment does help bring much-needed federal money to Sapulpa Public Schools to help support the education of Native American students.

Follow Sapulpa Indian Education on Facebook or contact the department for more information on Native American student resources and curriculum.

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