Collaborations with Sherman Indian High School (SIHS) began in 2011. SIHS Cultural Teacher and Director of the Clarke Center, Lorene Sisquoc has taught basket weaving to students of Pitzer’s Native Youth to College Program (NY2C) and Sherman students have been program NY2C participants since the program began. This year one of the Sherman students that went through the NY2C program will serve this summer as a college mentor. The CUC student led Indige-Nation program provides college application tutoring to Sherman students. In addition to these programs, Sherman’s White Rose Singers, led by Josie Montes, have opened many events at the Claremont Colleges. Faculty at the CUC have taught language, writing, and science workshops for students at Sherman, and have had CUC students lead various workshops at Sherman. Since 2012 SIHS students under the direction of Sherman teacher Lorene Sisquoc and Pitzer faculty Gina Lamb, have collaborated with students in Pitzer’s Media Arts for Social Justice course to produce short documentaries and poetry videos ion a weekly video production club called Indigitize: Youth Media Activism.
For more information: Sherman Indian High School website