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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Oct. 11, 2021

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.

In honor of this day, Sid Whiting of the Lakota Nation teaches us about Native American drums in a production by the Multicultural Outreach Team through DPS Family and Community Engagement. Learn about Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Spanish by accessing this video.

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.