WCCUSD to celebrate Native American heritage in November

WCCUSD to celebrate Native American heritage in November
Mike Kinney

As the nation celebrates and preserves Native American culture this month, so will the West Contra Contra Unified School District (WCCUSD).

The WCCUSD Board passed a resolution Wednesday honoring Native American History Month at its Board of Education meeting on Wednesday. The resolution encourages district schools to conduct commemorative exercises promoting awareness of the contributions of Native Americans to California’s history.

The declaration coincides with National Native American Heritage Month, which was declared by President George H.W. Bush on Aug. 3, 1990. The efforts aim to provide a platform for Native people in the U.S. to preserve and share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life, and to advocate for issues important to Native Americans.

Mike Kinney, a Richmond native and Standard reporter who serves as national vice president of United Urban Warrior Society and as Bay Area delegate to the Inter-Tribal Council of California, read the resolution during the WCCUSD Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday. WCCUSD School Board President Stephanie Hernandez-Jarvis commended his advocacy and community service for local Native Americans.