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For Immediate Release: Sept. 18, 2012
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Indian Education Summit to feature national experts

The 2012 Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 23-25 at Cedar Shore Resort at Oacoma.

The annual event will feature Drs. Raphael Guillory, Anton Treuer and Laurel Vermillion as keynote speakers. Many successful programs from South Dakota will also be featured in keeping with the theme of “Community, Culture, Collaboration.”

Guillory is a tenured professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Washington University. He is well-published on his scholarly research of American Indian/Alaska Native student persistence in U.S. educational systems.

Treuer is professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. He is editor of the Oshkaabewis Native Journal and author of nine books.

Vermillion is a recognized member of the Hunkpapa-Lakota peoples of the Standing Rock Reservation and is president of Sitting Bull College. Prior to her work in the postsecondary academic environment, she taught elementary school in a Bureau of Indian Affairs school for 14 years.

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 is an opportunity for collaboration among state leaders, tribal and Bureau of Indian Education schools, and individual school districts.

For more information and to register online, visit