Soboba Tribal Preschool celebrates Native American Heritage Week

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Aiden Bentiste, a kindergartner at Soboba Tribal Preschool, makes pottery with the online assistance of Antonia Venegas, seen on iPad, during Native American Heritage Week studies. Valley News/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians photo
Native American Day is celebrated across the United States and in lieu of Columbus Day in California and Nevada on the fourth Friday in September, but in South Dakota and Wisconsin, it falls on the second Monday of October. Soboba Tribal Preschool teachers used this event as a teaching tool for an entire week. Dianne King, director of Soboba Tribal Preschool, said the children enjoy making crafts and necklaces to wear for the event. This year, the school is distance learning. “During a normal school year, we explain how these activities were used by their ancestors, such as pottery-making, beading, cooking and other Native traditions,” King said. “With our distance-learning program, we sent the crafts home for the students with their weekly homework packets. This opens up an op
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