Heather Sundahl

Women’s History Month: Mae Timbimboo Parry

Women’s History Month is a great opportunity to explore how Utah women have impacted their communities, the state, and in some cases, the nation as a whole. One such woman is Mae Timbimboo Parry who dedicated her life to truth-telling about her people, the Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation. Mae was born in 1919 and attended boarding schools for three years in Southern California, hundreds of miles from her home in Cache Valley. The purpose of these schools was to assimilate Native children into mainstream American culture. Children like Mae were not just forbidden to speak their native tongue,…

Veterans Day Art: Celebrating the Individual and the Community

Melissa Deletant teaches art in the Uintah schools, one of Utah’s most diverse districts. At Lapoint Elementary, which borders the Ute reservation, the population is mostly a mix of Native Americans and the white descendants of Mormon ranchers. Instead of seeing these differences as a challenge, Melissa sees opportunity.  Raised in a homogenous rural Pennsylvania community, Melissa’s first teaching job was in Virginia where 96% of her students were minority populations. Notions of being “color blind” evaporated when she realized that embracing each student’s unique background, perspective, and gifts would help her see the whole student and create a culturally…

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