The City of Denver designated the second Monday of October each year as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Spearheaded 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.
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). NACE supports more than 1,000 AI students in the following areas:
Advocacy for students
Sponsorship of student organizations
Promotion of activities and cultural events
Lakota language courses offered at two high schools
NACE also offers parent engagement support and resources for DPS educators to support these students.To learn more about the NACE in DPS, visit indianeducation.dpsk12.org and follow their Facebook page.