Yocha Dehe Wintun Academy

A Commitment to Education

It has long been a tradition of Yocha Dehe to preserve and revitalize our culture. Each generation is dedicated to preparing the succeeding generation for its role in the community, tribal government, leadership and life. This tradition is a central and guiding value as well as a demonstration of the Tribe’s commitment to education.

Yocha Dehe’s tribal school—Yocha Dehe Wintun Academy—imparts a strong foundation of Patwin culture by weaving modern education techniques with cultural traditions in art, music and the tribal language. Since its opening in 1998, the Academy has helped students develop confidence and integrity while respecting each other, the environment and the world around them.

Students at the Academy have the benefit of an individualized instructional experience that recognizes their own personal goals and needs. With Patwin language classes taught regularly and tribal values woven into the Academy’s curriculum, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Academy is creating and maintaining a rigorous and unique academic program that instills a lifetime of success within today’s world, while still upholding the Tribe’s core human values.

Students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade benefit from access to a state-of-the-art facility and enriching off-site visits, as well as a committed school board and parent groups. Graduating students are carefully placed and followed throughout their continued courses of education and are encouraged to pursue ongoing studies and areas of interest.

Flowering: The Intersection of Yocha Dehe Core Values and The Common Core State Standards Click here to see graphic

Center Circle: Language and Culture

For any people the language they speak and the culture they practice is what makes them unique in the world. Students at the YDWA have the wonderful opportunity to be at a school located in their homeland.

Seven Inner Circles: Yocha Dehe Core Values

For each value we created a curriculum unit that lasts from 20-30 days. We select lesson plans and projects that will foster a deeper understanding of each core value. 

Seven Outer Circles: Common Core State Standards

These standards are being implemented across the country. We teach the Common Core to strengthen the inner circles. Education must have as its purpose the future of the nation. As the students master the skills within the Common Core they will be able to create and articulate what kind of future that will be.

Graphic created by: Benjamin V. Burgess, Ph.D. 2014