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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Oct. 10, 2022
Banner announcing the American Indian Academy of Denver

The City of Denver designated the second Monday of October each year as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Led by Councilman Paul Lopez, Denver City Council unanimously passed the resolution on Oct. 3, 2016, and the bill was signed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock the next day. Learn about Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Spanish by accessing this video.

Terri Bissonette is the founder of the American Indian Academy of Denver, an indigenous-focused charter school with a curriculum that brings academics and culture together sixth- through eighth-grade students that opened in the fall of 2020. For #IAMDENVER, Terri explains why having such a gathering space is important for Native students in Denver Public Schools. Visit this website to learn more about #IAmDenver. 

To ensure American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students have access to an equitable education, DPS provides culturally-responsive supports to students through the Native American Culture and Education (NACE) program. NACE supports more than 1,000 AI students in the following areas:

  • Mentoring
  • School programs
  • Advocacy for students
  • Sponsorship of student organizations
  • Promotion of activities and cultural events
  • Lakota language courses offered at four high schools (North, East, Lincoln and DCIS at Baker)

NACE also offers parent engagement support and resources for DPS educators to support these students. To learn more about the NACE in DPS, visit the NACE web page and follow their Facebook page.