SAN FRANCISCO — In March, the Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC) hired an Indigenous Education Advocate. This newly created position is part of a larger collaboration between NCIDC and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, aimed at advancing educational equity for Native American students in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties and adjacent tribal lands.
Before accepting the Indigenous Education Advocate position, Rain Marshall (Ihanktonwan (Yankton Sioux), Choctaw, Cherokee, Penobscot, Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux) taught Critical Race Theory and Native American Studies at Humboldt State University. Rain attended law school in South Dakota and was an Ira Glasser Racial Justice Fellow with the ACLU in North and South Dakota. There she worked on the Antoine v. Winner lawsuit on discrimination and disparate discipline of Native students.
As the Indigenous Education Advocate, Rain will play a critical role in educating and empowering native students, families, and communities to advocate for their rights in the public-school system.
Education is part of NCIDC’s core mission and they are committed to expanding training, capacity building, and leadership development in this area. The ACLU of Northern California has worked to protect and advance the civil liberties of all Californians since its founding in 1934.