FUNDING EDUCATION ABOUT INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES UNIT-OF-STUDY
The Palm Springs Unified School District and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are collaborating on the creation of an elementary and middle school Native American Studies curriculum for launch within the District in 2018-19, in a project conceived and proposed by the Foundation and funded by the Tribe.
Following a year-long series of planning sessions between the Tribe and the Foundation, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by both parties, and the curriculum plan was voted on and approved by the Tribal Council and Board of Education. The new curriculum will be geared to both elementary (Grades 3-5) and middle-school (Grades 6-8) students. A 3rd grade pilot study unit will be ready for launch within the district for the 2018-19 school year.