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VIDEO: Community invited to 12th annual ‘Native American Education Conference’ in Wyoming

(Screenshot from Wyoming Department of Education video, Youtube)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Education said on Monday that educators, community members and youth entering grades 6-12 are invited to participated in the 12th annual “Native American Education Conference.”

This year’s conference will be held virtually and has a mission of instilling “pride and strengthen engagement in youth through learning Native American history and culture.”

Keynote speakers for the 2021 conference include:

  • Tanaya Winder: Duckwater Shoshone Tribe member and award-winning poet “will discuss healing trauma through art”
  • Sam Mihara: former internee at Heart Mountain Relocation Center during World War II “who will share his experiences as a Japanese American imprisoned because of his ethnicity”
  • Hawhenawdies Neal Powless: Onondaga Nation member, film producer, and Syracuse University’s ombudsman “who will deliver a powerful message about healing”

Workshops and breakout sessions in the following areas will be offered during the conference:

  • Understanding Native American history and culture
  • Classroom techniques for enhancing Native student achievement
  • Meeting emotional and social needs of Native American students
  • Inspiring youth leadership and empowerment
  • Training for suicide awareness and prevention

The conference will take place Aug. 12-14.

“The cost for adults is $25 plus processing fees,” the WDE said. “Youth (22 years of age and under) attend for free.”

People can register for the conference online.

The WDE shares the following video showing highlights from the 2020 conference on their Youtube channel: