Local schools celebrating Indigenous People Day

This day is used to explain Native American history to everyone.
This day is used to explain Native American history to everyone.
This day is used to explain Native American history to everyone.(Melody Staebner)
Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 4:09 AM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Americans typically know today as Columbus Day, but did you know that it is also being celebrated as Indigenous People Day. Fargo Public Schools is taking the day to explain what this day means to their Native American students and families.

According to Fargo and West Fargo Indian Education Coordinator Melody Staebner, there are over 1,000 Native American students across 30 tribes within the Fargo and West Fargo school districts. This program gets anywhere between 40 to 80 students to participate. There are even over 100 teachers that can teach Native American content within schools. It is important to have all students’ background and culture feel appreciated.

“It’s good for them to see other Native American students, families and role models within the community,” said Staebner. “That way, they don’t feel so alone within their school building.”

Indigenous Peoples’ Day events are as follows:


Indigenous Peoples Day Opening Ceremony “Red River United”, Veterans Bridge


Fargo/West Fargo Indian Education Programming (in-district, not open to the public)


NDSU Indigenous Panel: “Indigenous Peoples Day: Lifting Native Voices and Elevating Indigenous Experiences”, Oceti Sakowin Ballroom, NDSU (livestream available) featuring: Tyrel Iron Eyes Isnala Najin Roan Eagle, Carissa Brownotter, Jaclyn Davis Wallette, and Danny Luecke

Join Zoom Meeting for Virtual Accesshttps://ndsu.zoom.us/j/94414899049?pwd=VFZzTWRJOXlLUmprVVg2REVDd2lvdz09

Virtual Lunch and Learn: “Indigenous Representation in Film: Reservation Dogs and Rutherford Falls” featuring: Anna Johnson, Artist, Joe Williams, Director of Native American Programs, Plains Art Museum, Paulette Moore, Director, “The Eagle and the Condor”, and Caleb Abrams, Director and Consultant for “Dexter”, and Falcon Gott, Filmmaker

Join from the meeting link:https://chrisradi.my.webex.com/chrisradi.my/j.php?MTID=m250b7d35caa3c65d6b7bbc95b864930b

Virtual Lunch and Learn: “The State of Indian Education: Leadership Perspectives from the Field” featuring: Julian Guerrero, Director, Office of Indian Education, Jane Harstad, Director; MN Office of American Indian Education , Delores Gabbard, Moorhead Public Schools Indian Education Program, Amy Zanotti, Moorhead Public Schools District Data Coach

Join from the meeting link:https://chrisradi.my.webex.com/chrisradi.my/j.php?MTID=m075eb393daf6d07cca067e4d131f8f18


Virtual Learning Session: “COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy and Vaccination Barriers in Indigenous Communities”, presented by the NDSU American Indian Public Health Resource CenterJoin from the meeting link:https://chrisradi.my.webex.com/chrisradi.my/j.php?MTID=mf5ac3458fd52d463cc4331d41e4c3cdc

Virtual Learning Session: “Food Security in Uncertain Times”, presented by Carissa Brownotter, Emergency Food PantryJoin from the meeting link:https://chrisradi.my.webex.com/chrisradi.my/j.php?MTID=m4c658fa0936509e262822747ef5e9ebd

Virtual Learning Session: “Risk and Resilience: Understanding How Trafficking Impacts Indigenous People and Connecting Community and Culture”, presented by Anne LaFrinier, Someplace SafeJoin from the meeting link:https://chrisradi.my.webex.com/chrisradi.my/j.php?MTID=mf341b88cf2e06545faee46236498b08b

Virtual Learning Session: “Native Youth: Strengths and Leadership”, presented by YouthworksJoin from the meeting link:https://chrisradi.my.webex.com/chrisradi.my/j.php?MTID=mfd0f9ac8c6f3039a1acf01e10cb388aa


NDSU Featured Speaker Dakota Goodhouse: “Makhoche Waste, The Beautiful Country: An Indigenous Geography”, Anishinaabe Theater, NDSU

Join Zoom Meeting for Virtual Access:https://ndsu.zoom.us/j/93517835966?pwd=YjlCTzBqWlptMXNmRytPbGtqckJhQT09

4:30-6:00pm (or until food is gone)

Moorhead Indian Education Powwow Food Truck Meal, Fry Bread Tacos, West Side of Moorhead High School, 2300 4th Ave. S.


Moorhead Indian Education Powwow Grand Entry, Moorhead High School

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