On April 22 at Cleveland High School, Rio Rancho Public Schools hosted its 15th annual Powwow.
RRPS enrolls students from all of New Mexico’s Native American tribes, as well as many tribes throughout the nation and world. About 5.3% of RRPS’s student population is Native American. Each year, the district hosts events including a Senior Recognition banquet, Summer Academy, Pageant and Powwow. RRPS also hosts several family engagement events to support and foster a sense a unity and community among urban native youth along with providing an educational, cultural and enriching experience.
The Powwow provides a means to bring the community together, to share their culture with others, and raise awareness about RRPS’ Native American community. It also helps to cement the bonds among schools and their Native American families and is one way the district teaches students about diverse cultures within the state.