Native American History was highlighted at the School Violence Prevention Demonstration Program's Fifthth annual Training Institute in Woodland Hills, California.
Jennifer Nez Denetdale,the great-great-great grand-daughter of the Navajo chief Manuelito and an author and associate professor of history at Northern Arizona University, was invited to partiocipate in the event as a content scholar. She provided the trainers with an overview of the content of her book “Reclaiming Dine History: The Legacies of Navajo Chief Manuelito and Juanita” in which she examines the “construction of Dine history that underlines the dichotomy between Navajo and non-Navajo perspectives of the past.” Her presentation was followed by a discussion of how trainers should deal with Native American History.
Another content scholar was Larry Gerston, an author, political analyst and professor of political science at San Jose State University. In his presentation on the subject of “Civic Engagement and Public Policy,” he offered the participants some practical pointers for training on public policy.
The SVPDP, now celebrating its 10th year, provides trainers with the opportunity to learn, practice, and share interactive training strategies and design a training plan for the upcoming year at its annual training institute.