MPS Parent Named National Native American Parent of the Year

MOORE, Okla. (Oct. 13, 2022) — Moore Public Schools parent Leslie Tanyan was named the National Native American Parent of the Year through the National Indian Education Association last week. Tanyan coordinates the MPS Native Student Dance Troupe and supports MPS Indian Education throughout the year. She received the award Oct. 7 during the National Indian Education Association Conference held in Oklahoma City. She was nominated by MPS educators, Tribal representatives, parents, and community members.  

“Leslie gives selflessly of her time and energy to support Native American students, families, and educators across the country. She contributes to the education and culture of countless students and families in Oklahoma,” said MPS Native American Education Coordinator Caryn Record.  

On the nomination form, Record said Tanyan has been a member of the MPS Native American Education Parent Committee for over 10 years and has been an innovative leader in Native American Education and culture. She also mentioned that Tanyan has started and supported many projects and activities for MPS students.

“Leslie was instrumental in the development of our highly successful Native Student Dance Troupe in Moore. She gives tirelessly of her time, knowledge and experience to share Native American Dance, regalia, and history with people across the U.S.

“Native American Education at MPS has been enhanced by the contributions of Mrs. Tanyan and I was honored to nominate her for Native American Parent of the Year,” said Record.

Tanyan and her husband, Tracy are parents to Alexis Edwards, a 2016 Westmoore High School graduate and Tracy Tanyan, Jr., a senior at WHS. Alexis and Tracy, Jr. have been actively involved in activities for years and they engage in MPS Native American Education throughout their school year. 

Public school districts in the U.S. have access to Johnson O’Malley Federal Programs to address the education-based needs of American Indian students. Find more information about JOM Programs here: on.doi.gov/3TkDX6o.

To learn more about the National Indian Education Organization, visit niea.org. To explore Indian Education at Moore Public Schools visit bit.ly/3S0GJMV.