Early Learning Curriculum

Tribal History Curriculum 

Curriculum Specialist - Cheyanne Heidt |Phone: 503-879-2144 |Email: Cheyanne.Heidt@grandronde.org

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Welcome to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Early Learning Curriculum


To begin, we would like to thank you for taking the time to learn and teach about the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. This curriculum began as a pilot project in the fall of 2013 that was brought about by the need in Oregon schools for historically accurate and culturally relevant curriculum about Oregon Native Americans and as a response to countless requests from Oregon teachers for classroom ready materials on Native Americans.

This early learning curriculum is designed to incorporate natural, place-based learning strategies and Native American concepts to provide a unique and innovative approach to early childhood education. By emphasizing the importance of connecting children to the natural world and incorporating indigenous knowledge and perspectives, this curriculum aims to foster a deeper sense of respect, appreciation, and understanding of the environment and the cultural heritage of Native American communities. Through hands-on experiences, storytelling, and engagement with nature, children will develop a strong connection to their surroundings while also gaining valuable insights into the rich traditions and practices of Indigenous peoples. This curriculum seeks to not only nurture the academic and developmental growth of young learners but also to cultivate a sense of stewardship and respect for the natural world and the diverse cultures that enrich our society.

If there is a need or desire to modify any piece of the curriculum, please reach out to our Curriculum Specialist Cheyanne Heidt, cheyanne.heidt@grandronde.org, for assistance with this task.