National Indian Head Start Directors Association
Standing Strong for AIAN Children
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Leadership Quarterly

Fall 2015
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Early Learning Focus Forum
2015-2016 Board of Directors
Port Gamble S’Klallam Culture
NIHSDA Needs Your Support!
Hannahville HS Fire Safety
Melvin Monette-Barajas, NIEA President, and Patty Brown, NIHSDA President
3 Year Agreement Signed Between NIEA and NIHSDA

On October 17, 2015, at the 46th Annual NIEA Convention & Trade Show, the National Indian Education Association and the National Indian Head Start Directors Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding to mutually strengthen each organization. Under this MoU, NIHSDA will chair the NIEA Early Learning Focus Forum and provide expert advise for NIEA regarding advocacy efforts on early learning and Head Start.
NIEA Early Learning Focus Forum

NIHSDA partnered with the National Indian Child Care Association, the AIAN Head Start Collaboration Office, the National Center for EHS-CC Partnerships, and the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center to present a poster session on AIAN Early Learning during the 2015 NIEA Convention.
2015 - 2016 NIHSDA Board of Directors and Officers

President Elect - Lee Turney, Leech Lake Head Start/EHS
Secretary - Laura Waukechon-Factor, Upper Skagit Head Start
Treasurer - Char Schank, Southern Ute Head Start/EHS

Zone 1
Representative - Ann Belleau, ITC of Michigan Head Start/EHS
Alternate - Tina Routh, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians HS/EHS

Zone 2
Representative - Joan Christnot, Oneida Head Start/EHS
Alternate - Vacant

Zone 3
Representative - Anne Reddy, Rural America Initiatives HS/EHS
Alternate - Janice Richards, Oglala Lakota College HS/EHS

Zone 4
Representative - Robert Pickens, Chickasaw Nation Head Start
Alternate - Colette Berg, Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes Head Start

Zone 5
Representative - Jo Williams, Alamo Navajo HS/EHS
Alternate - Roberta Adeky-Yazzie, Ramah Navajo HS

Zone 6
Representative - Bill Rosenberg, Pascua Yaqui Head Start
Alternate - Sharon Singer, Navajo Nation Head Start/EHS

Zone 7
Representative - Christi Jacobus, Reno-Sparks Head Start
Alternate - Monica Sayad, Round Valley Head Start

Zone 8
Representative - Jenny Oatman, Nez Perce Head Start/EHS
Alternate - Joseph Henry, Shoshone & Arapaho Tribes Head Start/EHS

Zone 9
Representative - Stefanie Jones, Samish Indian Nation Head Start
Alternate - Jacki Haight, Port Gamble S'Klallam Head Start/EHS

Zone 10
Representative - Racquel Martinez, Tanana Chiefs Head Start/EHS
Alternate - Albert Rinehart, Central Council of Tlingit-Haida HS

Mavany Verdugo, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Early Childhood Program Celebrates Culture

November is Native American Heritage Month in Washington State. Governor Jay Inslee declared this in recognition of the 29 federally recognized Indian Tribes, as well as out of state tribes with treaty reserved rights in Washington and members and descendants of tribes from all over the country who reside in this state.

In the state we also celebrate the passing of Substitute Senate Bill 5433 which mandates the teaching of tribal history, culture, and government in common schools which will contribute to improving school’s history curriculum. This is to honor the unique heritage of this continent’s First People and reaffirming the commitment to respect each tribe’s sovereignty and identity.

Last week S’Klallam families from our early childhood program gathered in the longhouse to drum, sing, dance and celebrate who we are! It is not a one-time celebration. At our center children gather at the longhouse at least two times per month to practice song and dance together. In the center on most days can be heard drumming from toddler rooms or teachers singing a S’klallam song as they walk in the hallway.

Let’s all gather to celebrate everyday!
NIHSDA Needs Your Support!
NIHSDA is the only not-for-profit organization in the nation whose primary goal is to support AIAN Head Start/Early Head Start programs at the national, state, and local levels.  This support includes working with Congress, the Office of Head Start, and a networking frame work for AIAN directors and staff.
Your tax deductible contribution, in any amount, will help NIHSDA to keep our efforts strong in helping AIAN programs across the Nation.
On October 29,2015 the Harris Township Fire Department came to visit the children at Hannahville Head Start & Child Care (ITC Michigan). The firemen talked about what they wear and not to fear firemen. They also told the kids to go outside if there is a fire. The firemen let the kids see and experience fire trucks.
Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids

This complimentary, one-of-a-kind resource speaks to a child’s individual needs and offers qualified toy recommendations based on research from the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization that evaluates all of the toys featured in the Guide. Over the years, Toys''R''Us has worked with many celebrities who have served as the ''face'' of the Guide. This year’s cover features Nick Lachey, father of two, philanthropist, multi-platinum recording artist and television personality.