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date: 29 May 2020

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This article discusses the history of the Yakama Nation and the musical lives of four youths involved in the traditional music program offered by the Yakama Nation Tribal School (YNTS). YNTS, founded in 1980 and located in Toppenish, Washington, currently serves about 100 students in grades 7 through 12. It was originally founded as an alternative school to serve tribal youth experiencing difficulties in the public school system. However, over the past ten years the school has emphasized the teaching and preservation of Yakama culture. As a part of this focus, a program teaching native drumming and flute has been established in the past several years.

Keywords: Native Americans, Yakama Nation, Tribal School, musical lives, musical culture, traditional, music program

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