Native American Heritage Month 2021

Breck recognizes and celebrates November as Native American Heritage Month. This month gives our school community an opportunity to do much-needed narrative change work, to learn about the culture and history of Indigenous peoples in the United States, and to grow in our allyship with the original peoples of this land. 
Our Chapel theme, The Way of Reciprocity inspired by the book Braiding Sweetgrass, has offered a strong foundation for learning for all of our community members. 

This has come from our students sharing their stories during the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Chapel in Middle School, and a faculty professional development seminar at Bdote taught by Ethan Neerdaels and Ramona Kitto Stately. We also recognized the beginning of this important month in Upper School Chapel this morning sharing Ramona’s message to faculty when she stated as an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Nation, “We have been here for 12,000 years. We will not let the last 150 define us.” The US Chapel continued with Dr. Baker answering the four traditional questions Dakota people ask when meeting someone new. 

  • Who are you?
  • Where are you from?
  • Who are your people? 
  • What are your dreams? 

May these questions inspire you today. For more resources check out the links below:

Additional Resources                    
Maps, Land Acknowledgement, Food Sovereignty

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