A federally funded program providing a quality education for American Indians in the Granite School District
Up Coming Events
Fall Literacy Night – October 24, 2019 at West Lake Jr., 6-8 pm
Winter Literacy Night – December 12, 2019 at Granger High, 6-8 pm
Li’l Feathers Pow Wow – May 2, 2020 at Granger High, 12-9 pm
The Department of Educational Equity of the Granite School District has hired mentors to work closely with Native American students. The mentors track the students’ performance, attendance, test scores and behavior. The mentors also provide support to the students and families.
The beginnings of Indian Education began with colonization of the frontier. The federal government created “Indian Schools” as a way of dealing with the education of American Indians. In 1879 Carlisle Institute, the first federally created boarding school opened. Numerous off-reservation boarding schools were then opened. In the early 1930’s with John Collier as Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Indian Education began to change. Several large off-reservation boarding schools were closed. There then began an emphasis on local day-schools on reservations. Beginning in the 1950’s, many American Indian families moved to urban areas and Indian students attended public schools. Consequently, public schools became a venue of serving a large number of Native students. Legislation in 1972 created the Indian Education Act as a result of American Indians actively promoting self-determination.
The federal government recognized that it had a special responsibility to ensure that educational programs for all American Indians and Alaska Native children be responsive to the needs, and under the direction of, Indian people themselves.
Therefore, the Office of Indian Education (OlE) under the United States Department of Education was created to focus on the educational needs of American Indian students.
Special Thanks to Nola Lodge
University of Utah