Taŋyáŋ ečhánuŋpi! Phidámayapi, thank you all, for your hard work and dedication.
Rochester Public Schools honors and acknowledges that our schools and community reside on the ancestral land of the Dakota people who were forcibly uprooted from their native homelands generations ago. For this reason, the recognition and honoring of our American Indian graduates is critical for enhancing student’s sense of identity in their homes, families, and community.
Each year, our American Indian graduates are honored at the Annual RPS powwow and are presented with their eagle feather, traditional medicine, and a star quilt or Pendleton. To be presented with an eagle feather is a great honor, and is worn with pride as it represents resilience and strength. The presentation of one is honored greatly and is worn with great pride. Star quilts and Pendleton blankets represent kinship, respect, gratitude and a connection to Native people.
To ensure the health and safety of all our relatives, the annual RPS Powwow was canceled this year, but the honoring and recognition of our American Indian graduates will continue! American Indian graduates will still receive their feathers, star quilts/Pendleton, and medicine pouches through home delivery, in addition to a congratulatory certificate from the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee.