History of NAGSA
Board of Directors, Native American Grant School Association and actor Zahn McClarnon.
The Native American Grant School Association was established on June 4, 1991, then known as the Navajo Area Grant School Association. The five founding schools were: Little Singer Community School, Greyhills Academy High School, STAR School, Leupp Schools Inc., and Kin Lani Bordertown Dormitory.
Dr. Mark Sorensen of STAR School was a founding member of Navajo Area Grant School Association in the early stages of the organization from 1991 to 1993.
In 1993, Ivan Sidney from Hotevilla-Bacavi Community School convinced his school to join the Navajo Area Grant School Association and to participate in their advocacy efforts. Soon after, the organization changed their name from Navajo Area Grant School Association to Native American Grant School Association.
The Native American Grant School Association logo has been used as the official logo since the early stages of the organization. The NAGSA logo represents the association along with history and culture. The artist who drew the NAGSA logo was a school board member from Hotvilla-Bacavi Community School.
"NAGSA" represents the clouds as teachings from traditional prayers of the tribes.
The rain dripping from "NAGSA" represents the knowledge that our educators teach our students.
With the water source, there is growth in the corn stalk, which is also the main food source many for Native American tribes.
The five corns represent the five founding schools of NAGSA: Little Singer Community School, Greyhills Academy High School, STAR School, Kin Lani Bordertown Dormitory, and Leupp Schools, Inc.
The Sun represents how a strong school system nurtures students' success.
The seed represents a student that attends the schools, and how the sun, rain, and air grow that child into a successful individual, which is the corn stalk