Our vision is for school stakeholders across Indian Country to have greater ownership of culturally responsive schools relevant to indigenous communities.
Our mission is to help schools through reconciliation of western knowledge and indigenous wisdom for academic sustainability for sovereignty of Indian nations.
What is INDIGENOUS INGENUITY, LLC?
Most American Indian tribes became participants in formal education systems through Indian Treaties in the late 1800's. Since then concerns and problems continue to plague the school systems and organizations that principally serve the American Indian students all across the nation. The history and the journey of American Indian education is so important to understanding contemporary issues surrounding school reform and the lack of progression for American Indian students and schools on Indian Country still today.
Although a great deal of research has centered on the issues involved in Indian education and the dilemmas surrounding what most studies refer to as the federal government's failures, few studies have concerned themselves with what can be done to increase the overall academic achievement of American Indian students. Yet, as asserted by Deloria (1994) in his book Indian Education in America, the time to focus on instructional and organizational effectiveness as a means to restructure and reform schools in order to better educate American Indian children is now.
INDIGENOUS INGENUITY, LLC was founded to help do just that. INDIGENOUS INGENUITY, LLC is a team of expert American Indian educators and leaders that have the experience, knowledge and believe passionately that school and education reform as we know it today can and will work for American Indian students by integrating the foundational Indigenous Ingenuity that exists cross culturally for all American Indian people and tribes through correlation and integration of research based education reform models with native thought and philosophies on life long learning, Such educational values, beliefs and educational goals of American Indian people and communities, or the Indigenous Ingenuity has historically been denied or simply forgotten throughout the process of school reform of the Western or American education system reforms.
Today it is urgent, the time is now for schools leaders responsible for serving the population of students in our country with the lowest academic performance and highest drop out rates, to confront those brutal facts and no longer simply conform to that which hasn't worked for generations of American Indian formal education. The time is now to take real ownership of our school systems for the future of American Indian country and the multicultural societies American Indian people must live and exist in today.
As schools across the country continue to implement research based education reform, the opportunity is now for the integration, correlation and alignment of American Indian cultural values, beliefs and wisdom with such research to finally bring about the genuine relevancy, belongingness or ownership of the otherwise foreign school systems that have not been successful for well over a century.
What makes INDIGENOUS INGENUITY, LLC different?
Our Leader, Dr. Deborah Jackson-Dennison, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Ingenuity, LLC earned a Doctorate in Education from Arizona State University in 2001 by successfully conducting her dissertation study on this subject of American Indian Education reform titled, "Perceptions of Effectiveness in Navajo Nation Public High Schools and Student Achievement."
Dr. Jackson-Dennison, the daughter of the late, Dr. Dean Chee Jackson, a well respected Navajo educational leader himself, strives to continue her fathers legacy of integrating and correlating western educational concepts and knowledge with Indigenous wisdom to bring about greater relevancy, meaning and ownership to the otherwise foreign school systems that have historically failed the majority of American Indian people.
As a Navajo woman school superintendent for nearly 15 years, Dr. Dennison recognized and witnessed first hand the dire and urgent need for improvement of and systemic changes in the ways we have always delivered education to our American Indian children.The time is now to address the historical challenges that exists in Indian education through research based education reforms that align and correlate with culturally responsive goals, values, wisdom and learning philosophies of the tribe and the students being served all across Indian Country.
With this in mind, Indigenous Ingenuity, LLC has refined and developed a research
based model and survey instrument called “Reconciliation of Knowledge & Wisdom,” (RKW) which allows for a thorough assessment and analysis of the current instructional and organizational practices and effectiveness of schools that serve primarily American Indian stakeholders and further allows for the development and implementation of a strategic action plan that will focuses on inclusiveness of culturally responsive and relevant curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional plans aligned with the integration of tribal wisdom and language.
The RKW instrument specifically helps American Indian school systems, whether Public, Private, or Bureau of Indian Education, Tribally controlled Grant Schools better identify the strengths and limitations of effectiveness of the instructional practices and organizational conditions of their school systems and to further reconcile research based knowledge of western academia with Indigenous wisdom for a greater sense of connectedness and ownership throughout tribal communities. This instrument was not designed for staff evaluation but rather the focus is placed on assessing the overall effectiveness of American Indian school systems that serve predominately American Indian children.
Dr. Dennison began implementing and refining the system reform process as federal projects director at the largest Indian lands public school district in Arizona, Chinle Unified School District early in her educational leadership career. Her experiences as a superintendent of two large Navajo Nation public school districts in Window Rock and Ganado, Arizona, also helped refine the research based RKW school assessment model further.
More recently Indigenous Ingenuity currently serves the Gila River Indian Community schools, the San Carlos Unified School District on the San Carlos Apache Nation, and has begun work with the Central Consolidated School District in New Mexico.
INDIGENOUS INGENUITY, LLC - Areas of Expertise
- Correlation & Integration of Research Based Education Reform Models with Native thought and Philosophies on Life Long Learning for Greater Relevancy & Meaning.
- Strategic Planning, Development of Organizational Vision, Mission, Values & Goals
- Public Presentations & Motivational Speaking
- Historical Aspects of Indian Education
- Team Building, Process & Performance Improvement
- Curriculum & Instructional Analysis, Alignment & Implementation
- Assessment Analysis for Improved Performance & Growth for Student Learning
- Instructional Leadership Development for Student Improvement
- Leadership or Administrator Mentorships
- Government Regulations, Relations & Communications
- Policy & Procedure Development
- Human Resources Development
- Organizational Recruitment & Retention
- Learning Theories & Best Practices
- Public Relations & Media Affairs
- Contract Negotiations & Strategic Alliances
- Finance, Budgeting & Cost Management
- Capital Development, Improvement, & Finance
- Brand Development of Educational Systems