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Indian Ed Summit set for Sept. 26-28

The 2010 Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 26-28 at Cedar Shore in Chamberlain. The theme of this year’s summit is “Woonspe Epazo,” a Lakota term that means “to point to education.”

Partners in this year’s effort include the South Dakota Department of Education, MidCentral Education Cooperative, University of South Dakota, Oceti Sakowin Education Consortium, and Technology and Innovation in Education.

The goal of the Indian Education Summit is to provide solutions to the unique challenges American Indian students face, and to present successful models for educators to implement. The conference provides the opportunity for collaboration between state leaders, tribal and Bureau of Indian Education schools, and individual school districts.

Breakout sessions will center around four main focal points:

• Family, Community, Relationships
• Student Achievement
• Higher Education
• Culture, Resiliency


Keynote speakers include Wayne Stein, professor of Native American Studies at Montana State University, and Richard B. Williams, president of the American Indian College Fund.

For more information and to register online, visit www.doe.sd.gov and click on the Indian Education Summit link.