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Adoption of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month

The Beaverton School Board has adopted a resolution to acknowledge the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the month of November as Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month.

WHEREAS, the Beaverton School District recognizes that the Indigenous Peoples of the lands that would later become known as the Americas have occupied these lands since time immemorial as the original inhabitants; and

WHEREAS, the Board recognizes that the Tualatin Valley was the land of the Atfalati band of the Kalapuya Indians, after whom the Valley is named; and

WHEREAS, the Board recognizes the area currently known as Beaverton was a Native American village called Chakeipi, or "Place of the Beaver"; and

WHEREAS, the Board recognizes that the Beaverton School District is built upon the homelands and villages, and traditional use areas of the Kalapuyan of this region, without whom the building of the District would not be possible; and

WHEREAS, the current number of Portland/Metro’s Native population is estimated to be nearly 70,000, the current Native American population of Washington County is estimated to be 10,437, and is composed of people belonging to a multitude of Indigenous nations; further the current number of BSD students who self-identify as Indigenous presently stands at 3,512 (12% of BSD students) and is expected to continue to grow; and

WHEREAS, the Board recognizes the value of the many contributions that have been made and continue to be made to our community by Indigenous Peoples through advances in education, medicine, art, culture, and public service; and

WHEREAS, the Board has established that each student is to be celebrated and appreciated for the distinct and vibrant contributions made by sharing cultures, languages, ideas, beliefs and values within a school community; and

WHEREAS, the Board has a responsibility to work to counteract ramifications of the American Indian genocide, historic forced assimilation practices and lasting systematic racism towards Indigenous Peoples of the United States, which perpetuates high rates of poverty and income inequality, exacerbating disproportionate health, education, and social crises; and

WHEREAS, the District has an adopted equity policy that states our commitment to closing the access, opportunity, and advancement gaps for Indigenous Peoples and creating an educational environment where all students can benefit equally from the educational programs offered; and

WHEREAS, the District is working towards eliminating the racial predictability and disproportionality on all aspects of education and has established an Office of Equity and Inclusion

WHEREAS, the idea of Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the United Nations; and

WHEREAS, in 2016 the City of Beaverton has formally adopted a resolution declaring the second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Beaverton and encourages other institutions to participate and recognize the day; and

WHEREAS, On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, thereafter commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. Thus, Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month is an opportunity to consider and recognize the contributions of Native Americans to the history of the United States and Oregon; and

WHEREAS, Oregon’s Senate Bill 13, “Tribal History/Shared History” enacted in 2017 and created by Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes, directs the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to create K-12 Native American Curriculum for inclusion in all Oregon public schools; and

WHEREAS, the Beaverton School District supports the professional development of educators in order to facilitate the teaching of statewide curriculum relating to the Native American experience in Oregon, including tribal history, tribal sovereignty, culture, treaty rights, government, socioeconomic experiences, and current events;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that every second Monday of October will be celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day and that the month of November shall be promoted as Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month within the Beaverton School District.

And, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the District shall encourage staff to utilize the second Monday in October, named henceforth as Indigenous Solidarity Day, as an opportunity to reflect upon the continued resilience and contributions of the Indigenous Peoples of this land, to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of the Indigenous Peoples of our region, and to stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples elsewhere.

And, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the month of November is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, to raise awareness about our shared history, and to acknowledge the important contributions of the Native American community today. The board encourages staff, students, and the community to observe, recognize, and to learn from the past and present in order to better understand the experiences that shape the United States.

And, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that District calendars and websites shall reference the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the month of November as Native American/Alaskan Native Heritage Month.

And, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board strongly encourages our staff and community to observe, recognize, and celebrate the culture, heritage, and contributions of Native Americans to our country, our state, our cities, and our schools.


About Beaverton School District

The Beaverton School District is nationally recognized for its high student and staff achievement and innovative programs. Beaverton is the third largest school district in Oregon with 53 schools, more than 41,000 students and almost 5,000 talented staff. Beaverton schools are dedicated to providing outstanding, challenging educational opportunities that prepare students to be college and career ready. The district enjoys strong community support with parents, citizens, community partners and businesses donating countless volunteer hours and services to help students succeed.