WESD Native American Education Program

The WESD is proud to offer several programs exclusively for our Native American students and their families.

The mission and intent of the WESD Title VI Indian Education Program is to work directly with Native American students enrolled with the Washington Elementary School District. Our goal is to provide educational and culturally-related academic needs of Native American/Alaskan Native students in the areas of reading, math, writing, cultural activities and attendance. Cultural enrichment and language

Operating as usual


Parents and Guardians,
Want you child to learn Navajo? Sign up your child(ren). Take a look at the flyer below, the link is provided.
What a wonderful opportunity!

Yá’át’ééh Kiddos! Lego build those Navajo skills! The Phoenix Indian Center will be hosting a summer session of Beginning Navajo Language. We are seeking dedicated children and youth (0-18 years of age) to register for this 6-week virtual course. Participants are encouraged to attend 10 or more of the 12 classes. Classes will be held twice a week via Zoom from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The instructor for this series is Albert Chase. Space is limited to 50 participants. Parents and guardians, register your children using this link - https://bit.ly/4bp05po

Questions? Connect with us by emailing Language [email protected] or calling 602-264-6768.

Photos from Washington Elementary School District's post 05/14/2024

Parents, this a virtual event. Please join tomorrow!


Sharing info from the City of Phoenix on their Landlord and Tenant Virtual/In-Person Workshops, tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15, 10:30 am - noon, and 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Virtual or in-person.

In-person will be held at the Travis L. Williams Family Services Center, 4732 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 85040.

For more info, call (602) 262-7210


The Phoenix Indian Center is offering virtual and in-person internships at no cost to interested businesses! Interns are High School Juniors & Seniors with their time being paid for by the Phoenix Indian Center. Interns receive Job Readiness Training before starting their internships; Internships are completed during a 3-week time period from June 03 through June 28, 2024. Interns work up to 40 hours weekly. For information, contact Workforce Development: 602-264-6768 or [email protected]

Photos from Phoenix Indian Center's post 04/17/2024
Photos from Washington Elementary School District's post 04/12/2024

To our Indigenous community members: We are looking for locals to be part of our new photo campaigns rolling out this year! We are looking for Native folx from all tribal affiliations, backgrounds, ages (youth to elders), genders, and body types. Submit your application today: Professional modeling experience is not required! We encourage people who have both traditional tribal clothing and/or regalia to apply to be part of this photo shoot.

We ask that you please fully commit to completing the photo shoot scheduled from 9 AM - 1PM MST on Sunday, April 21. We will offer a $50 gift card and lunch will be provided as compensation.

To apply, click here: https://bit.ly/43XqJCV
Deadline: Wed. April 17 by 5 PM MST

For questions, email [email protected] or call 602-264-6768.


We want to hear from you! Help us decide the next Indigenous Language Class to offer at PIC. We are looking to expand our language services and would like as much feedback from the community as possible. To take our survey and enter a chance to win a $100 VISA Gift Card, click this link - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/597WHB8

Please share with friends and relatives to support our language revitalization efforts!



TOMORROW! One-on-one assistance available! Virtual group option available!

Landlord not fixing your apartment? Served with an eviction notice? Issues with your landlord or apartment? Being evicted? Need assistance?

NATIVE HEALTH in partnership with the City of Phoenix is hosting a Landlord and Tenant Workshop and one-on-one assistance, tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2.

🗓️ One-on-one sessions available from 3 - 5:30 pm
🗓️ Workshop IN PERSON OR VIRTUALLY is from 5:30-6:30 pm

If you would like to participate virtually, here is the link: https://cityofphoenix.webex.com/cityofphoenix/j.php?MTID=m85b6af91cb6e587bfd562d113ddc6817

For more information or to register, visit https://www.nativehealthphoenix.org/event/landlord-tenant-workshop/

Navajo School Clothing & School Supplies Program – Navajo Nation Division of Social Services 02/28/2024

WESD Diné families,
The Navajo Nation Division of Social Services has sent out this year’s Navajo School Clothing & School Supplies Program. They are accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year. Visit the link and download the application. WESD NAEP can also help in preparing your WESD student’s Enrollment Verification Letter. Contact WESD NAEP Program Coordinator, email is [email protected] or by phone 602-347-2897.
Visit the Navajo Nation Division of Social Services website for more information.
‼️‼️‼️ The WESD NAEP is NOT accepting the applications, the WESD NAEP is just FORWARDING information.
Read the application about documents and where to submit.

Navajo School Clothing & School Supplies Program – Navajo Nation Division of Social Services The financial assistance for Navajo School Clothing and School Supplies shall not exceed $200.00 per eligible child for the current academic year.


Calling all young Native artists. FREE to participate. Sharing info from Heard Museum on their upcoming American Indian Youth Art Show and Sale on March 2-3.

For more information, visit heard.org/youth-art-show-sale


Sharing info from Phoenix Indian Center. The Phoenix Indian Center will be offering Beginning Navajo Language II this spring. This course will be offered in person and online, March 9-May 11. Note this is an intermediate level course.

For more info, visit https://phxindcenter.org/language-culture/ or contact Candice at (602) 264-6768 or [email protected]


Happy Valentine’s Day from the WESD Native American Education Program ❤️💘😍🥰🌷🌹🌺🌼🌻🌸

Photos from Washington Elementary School District's post 02/14/2024

We had such a fun time! The youth is our future! We can't wait to host another leadership academy, and more students next time!


Parents and families,
Sign up you and your family, LIMITED SEATS ARE AVAILABLE!
It's FREE and Hybrid with 3 in-person classes and the rest are provided online.
Scan the QR code or reach out to Phoenix Indian Center.
Learn the Navajo language from the comfort of your own home as most of the classes are online.


WESD NA Parent(s)/Guardian(s),
Join us for a family event December 12, 2023 from 5:00pm-6:30pm at the WESD District Office(4650 W. Sweetwater Ave. Glendale, AZ 85304)
Paint an ornament with you child(ren). Food and supplies will be provided by the WESD NAEP & Indian Parent Committee.
Please RSVP for the event so that the WESD NAEP has enough food and supplies for all that attend. Supplies and food is limited, reserve your spot.
If you have any questions, feel free to email Jaimie Brown at [email protected] or call at 602-347-2897.


Parents, if you have youth(ages 12-25)! Sign up!

Discover moccasin-making with Bryan Roessel! In this class, young participants will have the opportunity to explore the art of crafting traditional Native American moccasins. The course will provide hands-on instruction in selecting materials like leather, beads, and thread, while delving into various moccasin styles, their cultural significance, and design elements. By the end of the workshop, participants will create their very own pair of moccasins. Even better, this workshop is completely FREE, but spaces are limited. Don't miss out – apply now for this class, open to youths (ages 12-25), and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Must attend all sessions via Zoom and Gmail for Google Classroom. Contact [email protected] for questions.

More info: https://heard.org/event/macp-navajo-moccasin-youth-art-workshop/

Photos from Washington Elementary School District's post 12/01/2023

Such a fun night with the families that came out to the event.
Thank you to everyone who participated and thank you WESD for showing shoutouts from the WESD Native American Education Program.

Photos from WESD Native American Education Program's post 11/17/2023

To finish off the final day of the WESD NAEP Cultural Week, students and staff wore their traditional clothing.
Here are some staff that represented their traditional clothing today!
1st Grade Teacher. Victoria Reddick at Abraham Lincoln Traditional School
5th Grade Teacher, Tanesha Desheuquette at Lookout Mountain Elementary
WESD NAEP District Coach and NAEP Coordinator, Jaimie Brown

Nizhoni'ye adoo ahehee'!

Photos from WESD Native American Education Program's post 11/17/2023

Day 4 of Cultural Week- Wear your native designed tees!
Some District Office staff wore their native designed tees and Nala, from Orangewood School wore her tee! Nizhoni'ye!

Photos from WESD Native American Education Program's post 11/15/2023

Teacher, Victoria Reddick and student, Emmy from Abraham Lincoln Traditional School , wearing their Native Bling
Ahehee' ALTS!


Day 2 of WESD NAEP Cultural Week- Wear your Native Bling, wear your favorite jewelry and/or accessories
Our District Office Employees, Ahehee'!


Day 1 of the WESD NAEP Cultural Week- Wear Red or Orange, Nala and Nicholai from Orangewood School


ASU West Campus Pow Wow tomorrow!

Happening Saturday: The 20th Annual Veteran’s Pow Wow will be held at ASU’s West Campus from 11 AM - 7 PM. Gourd Dance starts at 11:30AM and 5:30 PM and Grand Entry will be 1 PM & 7 PM. A Veterans Salute To Service is scheduled at 2 PM. Stop by this free, outdoors event to check out the food trucks, vendor market and dancing!

📍 Location: 4701 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ, 85306
🗓️ Date: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023
⏰ Time: 11 AM - 7 PM


WESD Native American students, families and staff,
The WESD Native American Education Program invites your child and family to participate in the 2023-2024 Native American Heritage Month Cultural Week. The WESD NAEP Cultural Week will be taking place November 13-November 17, 2023. Each day is an opportunity for your indigenous students to showcase and share their culture with your school and community.

The WESD NAEP Cultural Week Flyer is attached to this email. Here is a description of each day:
• Monday, 11/13: Wear red or orange- wear red to bring awareness to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People/Women (MMIP/MMIW) amongst American Indian and Alaskan women & wear orange for Truth and Reconciliation about the Indian residential school system. Visit https://mmiwusa.org/ to learn more about MMIW/MMIP and Every Child Matters/Orange Shirt Day
• Tuesday, 11/14: Wear your Native bling! Wear your favorite jewelry and/or accessories.
• Wednesday, 11/15: Rock Your Mocs! Wear your moccasins, tell your class and school about your moccasins, and what moccasins mean to each of your tribal nations.
• Thursday, 11/16: Wear your Native tees- Break out and wear your native/indigenous designed tees.
• Friday, 11/17: Traditional Dress Day- Wear your traditional outfit. Indigenous tribes/nations wear their traditional attire for various reasons and occasions.

If you would like your students, staff and families to be featured on the WESD page or WESD NAEP page, email [email protected] or tag WESD Native American Education Program


Next week, let's Rock our Mocs WESD!

The Phoenix Indian Center and Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona invites you to join us for Rock Your Mocs! The worldwide, virtual event is held annually during National Native American Heritage Month to celebrate tribal identity and to honor our Indigenous people, past and present. People wear their moccasins, take photos, create videos and social media stories and post using the hashtag . Join us as we participate in the event, and post using the hashtags: and and tag our social media:

on Facebook
on Instagram
on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok

Let's all keep calm and ROCK YOUR MOCS!

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 15
Location: Virtual
Information: www.rockyourmocs.org


Happy Native American Heritage Month! Washington Elementary School District Native American Education Program is proud to showcase our dedication to our community, indigenous students, families, and staff.
We recognize we are on the traditional homelands of the Akimel O'Odham and Piipash peoples. We also recognize Arizona's 22 federally recognized tribes and other indigenous people who currently live in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. We honor the rich culture, language and heritage of all indigenous peoples.
WESD NAEP will be posting and sharing events and activities throughout Native American Heritage Month. Keep a look out!

November is National Native American Heritage Month! The WESD is proud to recognize the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of our nation's first peoples, and to honor the contributions of our Native American students, staff and community members.

Photos from Acacia Elementary School's post 10/24/2023

Yay Jaimie Brown! What a fun and exciting hands-on project and teaching about Arizona's 22 federally recognized tribes! Yum!

Photos from WESD Native American Education Program's post 09/29/2023

Just a reminder- the WESD NAEP will hosting it's first parent night of the year, Tuesday, October 3, 2023 from 5:00pm-6:30pm at the WESD District Office(Hopi and Navajo Rooms).
There will be a Public Meeting taking place before the Parent Night Event from 4:30-5:00pm in the same rooms. The Public Meeting is open to the public.
Native Health will be providing Free Dental Screenings for WESD students and families.
The Native American Program Coordinator will be teaching families how to make beaded earrings and bracelets(for little ones).
We hope to see you there! Contact Jaimie Brown at 602-347-2897 if you have any questions or email at [email protected]


Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month, ! Our District is proud to honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans and their impact on the history, culture and achievements of the United States.

Learn more at https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/.

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