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2018 SD Indian Education Summit


  • Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 920 West Sioux Avenue Pierre, SD, 57501 United States (map)

Keynote Speakers:
Supaman (Christian Takes Gun Parrish), is an Apsaalooke Nation member from Montana. He is a Native American dancer and innovative artist who has dedicated his life to empowering and spreading a message of hope and faith. He has won numerous music awards, and tours extensively in the US and abroad.  Supaman will also perform Monday evening for your inspiration and enjoyment.

Jace Pratt, from Sisseton, will present on creating a peaceful environment within a person and how that affects their knowledge acquisition. He works with students on creating that atmosphere of peace, and its positive effects on their lives and their learning.

Special Features:
Montana Office Indian Education: On Sunday evening, Sept. 23 - Dynamic speakers Mike Jetty, Mandy Smoker-Broaddus, Donald Wetzel will present on Montana’s ‘Indian Education for All’ and other successful programs.

Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings & WoLakota: Option on Monday, Sept. 24 - participate in an indepth, day-long training. This will include an overview and content, then attendees engaging in lesson plans and curriculum. Elders and classroom teachers will share the value and implementation of these Understandings. Facilitators are Dr. Scott Simpson and Sharla Steever. Free take-home resources will be available.

Youth Day: On Tuesday, Sept. 25 - 200 high school students and supervisors will attend for activities: Youth Panel, College Fair, Keynote Luncheon, Native American Games, and more. Other Summit attendees are also welcome.

Pre-Conference Session: Sunday, Sept. 23, 12:30-4:30 pm - Bringing Back Traditional Games: Hope Klein, Lauren Pierce, Nathania Knight, Prairey Walkling from SDSU Extension invite you to come together to play Traditional Native American Games! They will also lead a group discussion on how Traditional Games can be brought to more communities and schools.

A wide variety of other sessions/topics will be offered all day Monday and Tuesday, focusing on student achievement.

Earlier Event: September 23
Early Childhood Mental Health Seminar
Later Event: September 27
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