Gastineau Elementary School Name Amended

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - Gastineau Elementary School's name has been amended, as the motion was carried by the Board of Education.

    The school will now be referred to as Sayéik: Gastineau Community School.

    The Tlingit name of Sayéik means spirit helper, tying the original name of the area into the healing process of the unearthing of Native bodies back in 2012.

    The Board worked carefully through the amendment, making sure that the order was clear.

    Ted Wilson, Director of Teaching and Learning Support for the Juneau School District, gave us the details on how the name will be presented.

    "There's a colon between the Tlingit name and the English name. That came after testimony tonight to reverse the order that was in the original motion. Based on the Board action and accepted the testimony."

    Barbara Cadiente-Nelson, Director of Juneau Indian Studies, spoke of the naming that was years in the making. . .

    "This has been a long process. The graves were unearthed in 2012 and the City and Borough of Juneau's leadership as well as the school district have been very responsive to the concerns of the Native community."

    Cadiente-Nelson is hoping to see some celebration and maybe even new signage sometime in April 2018.

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