National Education Conference

February 17-19, 2021 • Virtual Programming

Building American Indian Youth Resilience through Cultural Activities

Inequities in education among Native American Indian students have been well documented. In 2003, the US Commission on Civil Rights found that Native American students do not receive the same educational opportunities as other American students. Progress is being made to create equity, but more needs to be done. Culture-based programs that build connections, resilience, and support healthy identity are viewed as critical for building a healthy seventh generation. In this session, participants will learn how to find resources and build expertise to design a culture-based program from the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council. They will collect sample activities and learn approaches specifically designed to build healthy relationships, increase help-seeking skills, and promote positive identity. Although these activities are being used with the American Indian youth on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana, they are universal and can easily be adapted to any culture.