Beyond Land Acknowledgements in Independent Schools: Building Relationships and Partnerships with Native Governments and Communities

Feb 02, 2023 2:00PM—5:00PM



Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (available until Jan 12) $425 members; $350 group-rate 3+; $675 non-members

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This 3-hour workshop, led by the Redbud Resource Group, will support independent school educators across California in deepening their cultural and historical understanding of Native communities, land acknowledgment practices, and their personal and school relationships with Native peoples.

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of Native peoples’ cultural erasure in state and national history and the impact of erasure on Native communities today.
  • Begin the process of reflection and action regarding individual, and collective responsibility in cultural erasure, focusing on independent schools’ historical and present contexts. Bringing together constituent groups across school communities to create lasting change in partnership with Native communities will also be explored.
  • Center Native peoples’ perspectives and voices in developing restorative practices.
  • Have the opportunity to meet with the facilitators during an Office Hours session that will be scheduled once participants are enrolled. The session will respond to questions about how to bring the learning to action.

Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!



Redbud Resource Group helps improve public health outcomes for Native American communities through education, research, and community partnership. Increasing Native and non Native partnerships has the potential to improve public health outcomes, expand economic opportunities within the conservation sector, and expedite the return of Indigenous land stewardship practices (Traditional Ecological Knowledge) to their local ecosystems.

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Taylor Pennewell is the Executive Director of Redbud Resource Group. She is a citizen of Berry Creek Rancheria Band of Tyme Maidu Indians of California. Taylor has a Masters in Teaching and worked as a middle school ELA and Humanities teacher for seven years before transitioning to the nonprofit sector. Taylor's work focuses on improving positive Native visibility across the education and environmental sectors. She currently serves on the California Governor's Council for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

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Trelasa Baratta is an enrolled member of the Middletown Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians of California. She grew up on the traditional homelands of the Coast Miwok and Ohlone peoples in Marin and San Francisco counties. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Chico State in 2011, and is currently working on her Masters Thesis in Education from Sonoma State University. Her research focuses on best practices for teaching about the California Indian genocide that took place in California during the Gold Rush era.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.