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Seals and Stole Award

Native American Graduating Seniors are eligible to earn the Seals and Stole award if they meet the eligibility criteria and follow the process.

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Seals and Stole Female Graduate


 The APS Indian Education Department created a special award for Native American seniors to wear with their gap and gown at commencement ceremonies.   There are four seals that a senior may earn.   It is an opportunity for Native students to learn more about their culture, contribute to their community, and learn the Zuni or Navajo language.   Students may earn one, two, three, or four seals.  (The fourth seal is a state language seal that at this time is only for seniors who are proficient in Navajo).  By earning one seal, the student will receive the stole.   It is an honor for students to earn and wear the stole. 


 Native American high school seniors who:

  • Are enrolled in APS (not charter school).
  • Completed a 506 and/or CIB (Certificate of Indian Blood) and the forms are on file with the APS Indian Education Department.
  • Have a flat cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher by the end of fall semester senior year.
  • Less than 10 absences in any class (senior year).


Students need to be specific about which Seal(s) they are applying for.  You will need to two essays and two presentations if you are trying to earn the APS Indian Tribal Seal and the Seal for Distinguished Learning. 

Timeline below:

  •  Students must submit an online application by December 9, 2022.
  • Essay(s) due January 27, 2023.   Note: If you are working toward the Seal of Distinguished Learning, your hours must be completed by January 27, 2023.
  • PowerPoint(s) due February 24, 2023. 
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers, tribal leaders, supervisors are due by February 24, 2023. 
  • Presentations will be scheduled on March 16 and March 17, 2023 and will be at the APS City Center located at 6400 Uptown Blvd NE.  

Students need to be familiar with the Native American Values which includes:  Generosity, Independence, Belonging, and Mastery.  Here is a Rubric of the Native American values.


Applicants will be notified by email and/or phone call in April regarding the status of the application.


Students will receive the award at the senior banquet which is typically 1-2 weeks before graduations are scheduled.


Students will wear their stoles over their graduation gowns during the graduation commencements.  Each earned seals is attached to the stole. The seal looks like a “patch” that is attached to the stole. 

Contact Information

For more information, contact Sara Money by phone (505) 884-6392 or by email .