Native American Studies Model Curriculum

A Statewide Partnership Effort Funded through the California Department of Education

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The Native American Studies Model Curriculum (NASMC) is defined as lesson plans, primary source documents, planning resources, teaching strategies, and professional development activities to assist educators in teaching about Native American studies. The Humboldt County Office of Education and the San Diego County Office of Education have been selected as lead agencies in the development of the NASMC.  By design, the model curriculum will be developed in partnership with California Tribes, other COEs, and native youth serving organizations. HCOE serves regions 1-3 as noted in map below.

NASMC Region Map

AB 167 Model Curriculum Projects

Assembly Bill 167, Chapter 252, Statutes of 2021 amended California Education Code sections 33540.2, 33540.4, 33540.6 and 51226.9, for the development and maintenance of model curricula relating to the Vietnamese American refugee experience, the Cambodian genocide, Hmong history and cultural studies, and Native American studies. The California Department of Education shall, in collaboration with, and subject to the approval of, the executive director of the state board, enter into contracts with county offices of education for the purposes of developing a model curriculum. Work on these projects will begin in 2022 and conclude by September of 2025.

Please continue to return to this page as information will be posted as the project progresses.  Feel free to reach out to Colby Smart, HCOE Assistant Superintendent with questions about the NASMC project.


Contact Information

Colby Smart, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Humboldt County Office of Education
Tel: 707.441.4502

Jack Bareilles
NASMC Grant Reporting
Northern Humboldt Union High School District
Tel: 707.839.6470

Cutcha Risling Baldy, Ph.D.
NAS Department Chair and NASMC Lead Scholar
Cal Poly Humboldt
Tel: 707.826.4322

Rebecca Lowry, MSW
Native American Learning Specialist
Humboldt County Office of Education
Tel: 707.582.2175

Maggie Peters
Native American Learning Specialist
Humboldt County Office of Education
Tel: 707.845.6960

Community Engagement Listening Sessions

The Humboldt County Office of Education will host several virtual and in-person NASMC Community Engagement Listening Sessions in Northern California. Perspectives and voices of California tribal community members, Native American youth, educators, and cultural bearers will lead the development of NASMC.

During NASMC Listening Sessions, participants will: 

  • Learn about goals and potential outcomes of the NAS Model Curriculum
  • Discuss their hopes for the NAS Model Curriculum
  • Provide feedback on potential curriculum topics and current educational resources 

For more information or to RSVP for Listening Sessions, contact:

Rebecca Lowry, MSW
Native American Learning Specialist
Humboldt County Office of Education
Tel: 707.582.2175

Virtual Listening Sessions

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

In-Person Listening Sessions

Thursday, March 9 • 3:30-4:30pm
Round Valley Elementary School Cafeteria
Airport Road, Covelo, CA 95428

Friday, March 10 • 1:30-2:30pm
Mendocino College Library & Learning Resource Center
1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Monday, March 13 • 6:00-7:30pm
Carson Block Theater (NCIDC)
517 Third St, Eureka, CA 95501

Tuesday, March 14 • 6:00-7:30pm
Tribal Justice Center (Blue Lake Rancheria)
“Big Room” upstairs
1 Aee ye Kwee Loop, Blue Lake, CA 95525

Thursday, March 16 • 6:00-7:30pm
Del Norte County Office of Education Board Room
301 W Washington Blvd, Crescent City, CA 95531
Dinner and childcare provided by DCOE

Tuesday, March 28 • 6:00-7:30pm
CA Indian Museum and Cultural Center
5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Wednesday, March 29 • 6:00-7:30pm
Seavey Center, Rm 101
655 Menlo Drive, Rocklin, CA 95765

Thursday, March 30 | 9am-4pm*
One-on-one discussions and surveys
Butte College Big Time
3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville, CA 95963

Friday, March 31 | 12-1:30pm
Woodfords Indian Education Center
96B Washoe Boulevard
Markleeville, CA 96120

Saturday, April 1 • 12:00-2:00pm
Fort Bidwell Indian Community
130 ME-Thee-Uh Rd
Fort Bidwell, CA 96112

Monday, April 3 | 5:30pm-7pm
Community Resource Center
Susanville Indian Rancheria
735 Joaquin St, Susanville, CA 96130

Wednesday, April 5 | 5:30pm-7pm
Happy Camp Wellness Center
Happy Camp, CA

Saturday, April 8 | 11am-6pm*
Drop-in at table for one-on-one discussions/surveys
Big Time, Cal Poly Humboldt West Gym
Arcata, CA 95521