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For Immediate Release: Sept. 8, 2011
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Indian Education Summit to feature Lakota educator, author

The 2011 Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 25-27 at Cedar Shore Resort in Chamberlain.

This year’s theme is Supporting Culture, Building Expectations, Creating Partnerships. The event will feature award-winning Lakota author and former classroom educator Joseph Marshall III as a keynote speaker.

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.

Earlier this year, the South Dakota Board of Education adopted the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards, representing a milestone in Indian education. The measure provides a road map for teaching the culture and history of South Dakota’s Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people, and will also be a focal point of this year’s summit.

For more information and to register online, visit and click on the Indian Education link.