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GBES Indian Education

Welcome to the Indian Education Program at Governor Bent!

For the past ten years, I have had the  pleasure of serving as the Indian Education Resource Teacher at this fantastic school. During that  time, our program has grown to include schoolwide events such as our annual Rock Your Mocs Day  Celebration. (GBES RockYour Mocs 2020 )

In 2017, our fifth-grade Indian Ed.  students created a Tree of Life mural to celebrate their heritage and culture. Over the years, students in fifth-grade Native  American  Studies classes have added  their  handprints  to  the  tree.  It  now  has 72 handprints  representing students from at least 20 different Tribes, Nations, and Pueblos! The mural is on the east wall of  our Administration Building facing Woodford Drive in our Community Garden and can be viewed from the sidewalk just outside the school grounds. The next time you’re in the vicinity, I hope you’ll take a moment to pass by the garden and have a look.  

The heart of our Indian Ed. Program at Governor Bent is in the academic and cultural enrichment  classes offered in our Indian Ed. Classroom.* 

Our  Reading  and  Math  Intervention  classes  supplement  learning for  selected  students through individual  and/or  small  group  instruction.  Classes integrate culturally  relevant  teaching methods and materials  to strengthen students’ self esteem and academic skills. 

Native American Studies classes aim to build self-esteem, cultural knowledge and  pride, and a sense of community among peers. 

*Students  must  have  a  506  Form  and/or  Certificate  of Indian Blood on  file  with  the APS Indian  Education Department to participate in these classes. Please contact me if you have questions or need  assistance with these forms. 

I look forward to continuing my work here with our wonderful Governor Bent students, families,  and staff. Please feel free to contact me for more information about Indian Education Department  programs and resources or if I can be of any assistance to you and your child. 

Cari Kerkhoff  

APS Indian Education Resource Teacher

Governor Bent Elementary

APS Indian Education Department

The Indian Education Department provides special programs to students and families who have submitted a Form 506 and Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) to the department. 

There are several resource teachers available at various elementary, middle, and high school to provide academic and cultural enrichment to Native American students.

The Indian Education Department (IED) was established as part of the Albuquerque Public School district in 1974, with the primary purpose for advocacy and representation for the 115 different American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes enrolled in the school district. There are approximately 5,650 or 5.1% AI/AN students currently enrolled in APS.

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2020-21 Indian Education Department Brochure

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APS Tribal Statistics November 2019 (PDF)

APS Parent survey 2019 Summary Report (PDF)

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