Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Community  /  Parents  /  Students

October 9th, 2023

David Douglas School District is proud to recognize the thriving Native American community in Portland. We celebrate and amplify Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 9. This day allows us to reflect on our work and how we can continue acknowledging the history that has made us who we are. 

Our top priority as a school district is ensuring every student feels seen, valued, and represented in our classrooms. We believe that it is crucial for students to see themselves reflected in the curriculum and history taught in our schools, as every student deserves to feel a sense of belonging and importance.

We take this opportunity to encourage our students to learn more about their roots and histories and highlight the diversity and uniqueness of Indigenous cultures. Doing so can create a more inclusive and equitable learning environment for all students in David Douglas.  

Did you know that about 700 David Douglas students self-identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native, representing various native cultures throughout South America, Central America, and North America? Join us in commemorating, honoring, and celebrating these communities.

Our David Douglas School Board has issued a resolution declaring Monday, October 9 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The resolution is linked below.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Resolution

Native American Cultural Night 

Please join our community from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on November 17th at David Douglas High School South Cafeteria for our Native American Cultural Night Celebration. We invite you to attend and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of our community and connect with our students, families, staff members, and local community partners. 

Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) 

Our school district is continuing its efforts to form strong relationships with our community by connecting with our Native American/Alaska Native Advisory Committee. Native American parents and students can provide feedback and guidance to District leaders to support our district’s Native students. 

For more information, contact Belle Koskela, Multilingual Programs / Federal Title 6 Indian Education Specialist / 503-256-6500 x5664