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Posted November 4, 2014

APS Celebrates the Ancestry and Traditions of Native Americans

November is Native American Heritage Month

Every November, we take the opportunity to celebrate and honor the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans everywhere as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

In Albuquerque Public Schools, there are 114 different American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes accounted for, and about 5,650 students of American Indian/Alaska Native descent.

"Our celebrations of Native American heritage this month differ from other districts we have such a vast population of different tribes," said Jay Leonard, the Instructional Manager for the APS Indian Education Department. "Most school districts with Native populations have only a few tribes, at APS, we have 114. We are very proud of that."

The Indian Education Department (IED) was established in 1974, as a means of connecting the growing urban population of Native American students with their Native culture and traditions.

"We work to educate our students and community of the traditions and cultural beliefs of our Native American heritage, while keeping in mind the great diversity of our tribes," said Leonard.

The Indian Education Department will be sponsoring events and programs for Native American Heritage Month all throughout November, like the "Winter Tales" event taking place on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at Albuquerque HS.

For a full listing of events celebrating Native American Heritage Month, contact the Indian Education Department.

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