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In response to historic inequities in education, documented in the Martinez/Yazzie v. State of New Mexico (2018) court case, One Generation created the Indigenous Education Initiative. Indigenous communities have the inherent right to educational sovereignty that prioritizes Indigenous values reflecting the land, people, and identity of tribes. One Generation is facilitating meaningful collaboration between communities, tribes/tribal offices, and district leaders, while supporting Indigenous leaders in creating conditions for culturally responsive systems and programs that honor Indigenous culture, identity, heritage, and language. 

 

To do so One Generation is working with families, students, educators, and community-based organizations to build a community-led and -owned cooperative approach to equitable education. The program’s initial focus is in communities located in northwestern New Mexico. 

We are supporting parent organizers in promoting comprehensive holistic youth development and integration of Indigenous culture, identity, heritage, and language in education. Through a paid fellowship, One Generation provides training and professional development for organizers who engage directly within the school system, providing the opportunity to learn about organizing and advocacy strategies, and ultimately carrying out effective and creative change in their communities. We’re also supporting broad stakeholder feedback through community forums and surveys. 

One Generation also facilitates a local Community Catalyst Team, a group of advisors who are experienced in the education field, and want to support efforts to secure culturally relevant curricula, student services, language programs, adequate facilities and ancillary services, and technology that meet the needs of students and communities. 

Our aim is to build grassroots leadership to promote effective local and state educational policy, curriculum design, and funding for improved school facilities. We are amplifying and centering Indigenous voices and languages, and transforming the educational system by prioritizing Indigenous Education as one of the keys to self-determination. Indigenous communities will develop culturally and linguistically responsive curriculum, using Indigenized knowledge to meaningfully engage students, create conditions for academic success, and design pathways to accessible higher education options, living-wage careers, and economic security for all.