Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians


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Philosophy
The Pa-Yeh-He Chukchansi Enrichment Center has a deep commitment to improving the lives of each child and family member in the Native American Community. Early education plays an essential role in ensuring a promising future for children and families of Native American heritage. In the history or our Tribe, education has been used as a method for assimilating Chukchansi children into mainstream American culture and language. The Chukchansi Enrichment Center will provide Native American children, our families, and the entire Native American community a chance to redeem what may otherwise have been lost from our heritage.

Therefore, the staff at our school will passionately seek to ensure that all students and their families are given the tools that they need to succeed in education while at the same time giving Native American people the opportunity to relay the cultural foundation that was once taken away from many families. The Chukchansi Enrichment Center will serve as a place where the children and tribal youth learn from staff, Elders, parents, and members of the Native American community how to be strong leaders and positive Indian role models.

Program Goals

  • To provide a school where a child is nurtured in a caring and stimulating environment.
  • To provide appropriate play experiences that contribute to a child's physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and cultural development.
  • To guide a child in developing responsibility, autonomy and a positive self-image.
  • To create a safe environment with freedom for a child to discover, create, explore and make choices.
  • To offer a non-anxious atmosphere where expectations and challenges are age appropriate.
  • To experience the process of active and inventive learning through doing.
  • Provide education preparation and experiences within a culturally enriched environment.
  • Help children develop their Native American cultural identity.

   
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