Published October 26, 2018
Garnering Praise as a Tool to Combat Hate
Heralded as Groundbreaking for Roots in Cross-Cultural Collaboration
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — On Oct. 16, 2018, Everyday Native — a new, free 4th-12th grade online teacher’s resource — received bipartisan praise from the U.S. Congress and California Assembly. United States Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D, CA) and California State Assemblywoman Catherine Baker (R, CA) recognized Everyday Native founder and documentary photographer Sue Reynolds for her role in spearheading the collaboration between non-Native and Native artists and educators. These bipartisan recognitions for Everyday Native reflect the new online education resource’s mission: healing divisions through understanding and respect.
In recognition of Reynolds and Everyday Native, Congressman DeSaulnier told Reynolds during their October 16th meeting in the Congressman’s Walnut Creek, CA office that the non-Native and Native collaborative teacher’s resource is an “invaluable asset during this time of division.”
Additionally, Assemblywoman Baker praised Reynolds and Everyday Native for “countless contributions in bringing awareness of our rich Native American history to our classrooms. The impact on our youth and community will last for generations to come.”
These bipartisan recognitions for Everyday Native come in anticipation of Native American Heritage Month in November.
Fighting Stereotypes by Expanding Accessibility to Native Narratives
In its first week, Everyday Native was selected by Montana’s Office of Public Instruction (OPI), a leader for Indian Education, for immediate listing making it easy for Montana teachers and others in Diversity education to find.
The Native youth featured in Everyday Native are based on real stories of the resiliency and struggles of Native families today. In October, Reynolds returned from an annual visit working with Native families – some whom are featured in Everyday Native –- on reservations in Montana, Idaho, and the Dakotas. Native youth stories featured in Everyday Native are reviewed by the team’s educators and participating families and updated periodically.
Cross-Cultural Collaboration: A Long Friendship
Everyday Native was born out of the collaboration between non-Native documentary photographer, Sue Reynolds and Victor Charlo, a Salish Indian poet-playwright and venerated member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes. Reynolds and Charlo’s first collaboration included a photo-poetry book, Still Here: Not Living in Tipis, which saw success and recognition from then U.S. Congressman George Miller and California State Senator Mark DeSaulnier. Both Reynolds and Charlo’s works strive towards healing racism and have appeared in national and international outlets.