Ballet students practice at the Osage-owned Dance Maker Academy in Pawhuska. CODY HAMMER/Osage News
Oglala Lakota (Sioux) runner Billy Mills, co-founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth and Olympic gold medalist, announced the seventh class of Dreamstarter Teachers to receive grants to support the educational needs of Native American students.
Among the recipients is Pawhuska Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Beverly Moore, who will use the grant funding to partner with Osage-owned Dancemaker Academy to bring dance classes to the public school.
Moore was one of 28 educators chosen from an outstanding pool of applicants, according to a press release. The recipients span 14 states and serve students from more than a dozen tribal nations.
“Teachers and educators who inspire Native youth have chosen a sacred path,” said Mills, who grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. “Especially now, we need creative, strong teachers for our youth to guide them through a schoolyear like none other before. I’m proud to support their bright futures and dedication through Dreamstarter Teacher.”
The full list of the class of Dreamstarter Teachers and their projects can be found on the Running Strong website: https://indianyouth.org/dreamstarterteacher/2021-2022-dreamstarter-teachers/.
Dreamstarter Teacher provides grants to Native or non-Native educators and school support staff serving Native students, according to the release. Grants can be used for a wide variety of purposes educators need for their classrooms, such as educational resource materials, supplies, equipment, professional development, field trips, or stipends for bringing community liaisons into the classroom.
On October 14, 1964, Billy Mills won the 10,000-meter race at the Tokyo Olympics in an upset, come-from-behind victory that has been repeatedly named the greatest race of all time. His story has been an inspiration to Native youth and all Americans ever since. Mills is still the only person from the Western hemisphere ever to win that event. He co-founded Running Strong for American Indian Youth to help others live their dreams.
Additional information about Dreamstarter programs, including application information, can be found at www.IndianYouth.org/Dreamstarter.