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Future Washington Teachers May Need More Training On Native American History, Culture

File photo of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia
File photo of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia

Future teachers in Washington state may have to get more training in the history, culture, and treaty rights of Native American tribes. That’s a requirement of a bill currently before the Washington Legislature.

To be certified in Washington state, would be teachers have to take at least one college course on state or Pacific Northwestern history and government. State lawmakers want to integrate Native American curriculum into those classes.

Peggen Frank is a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and a lobbyist for the Hoh and Stillaguamish Tribes.

“It’s not just tribal member’s history. It’s everybody's history,” Frank said. "Our teachers and our students will be able to have an understanding of our beautiful culture, of the way our tribal governments work.”

The change would apply to all teacher preparation programs, not just courses in colleges and universities.

The bill has passed the Senate and is making its way through the House.

Copyright 2018 Northwest News Network

Enrique Perez de la Rosa