In October of 2021, we developed the Elder and Cultural Wisdom Council (ECWC), which in September 2022 was renamed to the Knowledge Keepers of Indigenous Nations (KKIN). When we embark on a new journey, we consult our Knowledge Keepers to guide us. KKIN will help guide our efforts of indigenizing our schools and to bring balance in our work.
Self identity, language, mental health and traditional wellness supports from these teachings hold strong and impact our youth to live a longer and beautiful life.
KKIN, representing cultural elders and knowledge keepers from every
tribal nation in Montana, will help us
build sustainable sources of indigenous knowledge that inform our
public education system to re-root and revitalize our tribal youth in positive
self-identity. This is also good for all Montanans
as KKIN will provide quality, culturally appropriate knowledge and resources
from the Tribes of Montana to enhance educational systems with robust
knowledge that exists within the original inhabitants of indigenous communities
that populate our Great State.