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      Learning heritage at young age

      Bark River-Harris Elementary students recently had their Native American month celebration, and it's a way for them to learn more about their heritage.

      There are between 600 and 650 students at the school, and 100 of them are Native American. Kristy Erickson is a first grade teacher at the school, but is also the Title VII Coordinator. Title VII is a federal grant that allows her to provide tutoring services to these students. Some of them showed off their native regalia during their music program assembly.

      "I think that's really important in today's society because kids need to learn about that. they need to feel ownership and be proud of their background and heritage and not kind of push it aside," said Erikson. The Native American music and culture program was funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council.

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