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Montana educators brainstorm ways to inject Indian culture into classroom

June 25, 2006View for printing

Carrie Drye held up a jingle dress. The Arlee grade school teacher shook it, pleased with the sound.

The non-Indian woman showed the dress to teachers as she unveiled a lesson plan based on the book "Jingle Dancer," by Cynthia Leitich Smith. It is a story of an urban Muscogee girl who wants to be a jingle dress dancer but has no jingles.

Drye's lesson plan will be included in a growing list of curricula being developed from sources around Montana through the Office of Public Instruction's Indian Education Office.

"When school starts, there will be a rich abundance of material teachers can draw from when they start transforming their classroom process," said Denise Juneau, Indian Education Office director.

By JODI RAVE Missoulian

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