Skokomish Indian Tribe
Denny Hurtado (TacH-Mi-acH-t3n) is an enrolled member of the Skokomish Indian Tribe, and a resident of the Skokomish Reservation.
has spent the past three decade's advocating for Indian rights and Indian education and recently, helped develop the Northwest Native American Reading curriculum, which focuses on the Drum, the Canoe, and Hunting and Gathering.
also worked on the "Reading and the Native American Learner" research document and is co-author of "Reading First, Literacy and American Indian Students," which is getting ready for publication and also finalizing a paper on a "Culture Based Professional Development Model" for educators.
He received my Bachelor's degree in Social Science and a Lifetime Secondary Teaching Credential from the California State University at Sacramento and a Master's degree in School Administration from the California State University at Humboldt.
He was the Indian Education Director for Washington State's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the past ten years and work with all the 29 Tribes in Washington State.
Before his appointment to the Indian Education Director's position, Denny was the Upward Bound Director at the Evergreen State College for almost seven years.
He served as President of the Northwest Association of Special Programs for three years, which represents the TRIO programs in, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.
From 1978 to 1992, he was an Indian commercial fisherman and substitute teacher.
Denny served on the Skokomish Tribal Council for the past seventeen years and has held several positions: Chairman, Vice-Chairman and General Council President.
He also serves as the Co-chair of the Native Nations Institute, International Advisory Council with the University of Arizona.
Currently he is the Chair of the Native American Advisory Board at the University of Washington, and serves on the College Spark board, National Indian Education Association, and the Western region, college board.
Some of Denny's honors include being selected to serve as a panelist for the achievement levels-setting pilot study for the 1998 Civics National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
was also selected as an intern for Rockefeller/American Association of Community
and Junior Colleges Administrative Internship.
As an Indian educator Denny has presented many workshops and trainings in the area of Indian education and culturally responsive curriculum and professional development.
hobbies are photography, hiking and traveling.