Evergreen Jr. High receives grant to help celebrate Indigenous Month

Students in all grade levels at Evergreen Junior High are being saturated in Native American heritage this month.

Evergreen received a $1,000 “mini” grant from the Utah State Library Division to commemorate Indigenous Month with educational activities. For the past few weeks, the school has welcomed several prominent members of the Native American community to discuss traditions, customs and culture with students.

Among the guests were University of Utah professor and artist Ed Napia, former GSD students Daryl Reese and Preston Rock, and former BYU professor of Native American Studies Howard Rainer.

“Our mascot is the eagle,” said Evergreen Social Worker Christine Mockli. “Howard developed a most beautiful visual production of the Alaskan eagles, along with traditional Native dancers and art.”

Evergreen students have responded positively to the enhanced instruction from individuals representing various Native American tribes.

“The students were so respectful; you could have heard a pin drop in room” Mockli said.