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Thu 24

June 24, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT

“Reclaiming Our Children” with Trisha Moquino and Joseph H. Suina

Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Location: Online

Join us on Thursday, June 24 at 11 AM Hawai’i time for our Cultural talk story series on “Reclaiming Our Children with Trisha Moquino and Joseph H. Suina.” Register at https://cochiti.eventbrite.com.

Joins us to learn about the Cochiti Pueblo people in New Mexico. Tribes have been forced to give up their children to be educated by the outside world for assimilation. At one point it was removal of children from their homes and tribes for cultural extinction through education. By establishing the Keres Children’s Learning Center (KCLC), as a school with no string attached to federal and state dollars the community has finally found freedom to include culture and language with a deeper and more meaningful dimension.


About Keres Children’s Learning Center

Keres Children’s Learning Center (KCLC) strives to reclaim our children’s education and honor our heritage by using a comprehensive cultural and academic curriculum to assist families in nurturing Keres-speaking, holistically healthy, community minded, and academically strong students. The KCLC is a Keres-language revitalization school that uses an intergenerational approach to immersion and dual language with Montessori pedagogy to give our children (ages 2½ –12) the best of both worlds—an opportunity for children to learn through their heritage language of Keres while simultaneously accessing an academic curriculum that challenges their intellect and values their whole being. KCLC has created the following initiatives: our annual Native Language symposium, a community Outdoor Classroom, a Mentor-Apprentice program, and the Indigenous Montessori Institute. KCLC is a powerful advocate for families reclaiming their children’s education, Indigenous communities revitalizing their languages, the importance of early childhood, and the need for anti-biased and anti-racist education.


KCLC is an independent nonprofit organization, guided by our Board, operating with the blessing of the Cochiti Tribal Council, and supported by foundations, individuals, the Administration for Native Americans, and New Mexico’s Indian Affairs Department. Learn more about the Keres Children’s Learning Center at https://kclcmontessori.org/.


About Trisha Moquino

Trisha Moquino (a mama, wife, auntie, daughter, niece) is Co-Founder / Education Director / Keres Speaking Elementary Guide at Keres Children’s Learning Center (KCLC) in Cochiti Pueblo. She is from the Tribal communities of Cochiti Pueblo, Kewa, and Ohkay Ohwingeh in New Mexico. Trisha is certified as a Montessori Elementary I (6-9 year olds) Guide and as a Primary (3-6 years old) guide. She received her MA at the University of New Mexico in Elementary and Bilingual Education where she completed her master’s thesis which laid out the vision for what would eventually become the KCLC.


About Joseph H. Suina

Joseph H. Suina is a Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico with 25 years of service. He directed the Institute for American Indian Education at UNM for tribes throughout the Southwest. Dr. Suina’s publications on culture, education, and Native American issues are numerous. As a current member on several boards and committees, he provides a voice for Native people in the areas of health, museums, language retention, sacred sites, economic development and housing. Dr. Suina is an adjunct professor for Colgate University in New York and teaches courses in Native American Studies and education. Dr. Suina has maintained strong ties to Cochiti Pueblo throughout his academic career; he is a former governor and a current tribal council member. As an elder for the tribe, he provides guidance in the ways of tradition and culture for his people.