2016 Minnesota Indian Education Association Conference
Dr. Michael James Oleksa , Keynote speaker
Rev. Oleksa takes an honest and humorous look at Culture and Communication. To start our intellectual juices flowing, he pointed out that often communication between cultures results in miscommunication. There is not always congruence in what is said and what is inferred. When miscommunication occurs, whoever has less power suffers the consequences (often the child)..Anchorage, for example, has more people from more countries that speak more languages than any city other than Honolulu in the US.Public schools: public school is the one place where people of different beliefs, backgrounds, etc. HAVE to be side by side and learn to get along. In the name of cultural preservation, groups separate themselves (schools, churches, communities) They create a separate atmosphere and raise children and adults who cannot get along with (communicate) with others. As teachers, you may hear the phrase, “There’s something wrong with those kids”; this phrase lets teachers off the hook for what may be wrong.
Schooling the World – A Documentary
Presented by Tom Kanthuk. Formerly a teacher Perpich Center for the Arts
If you wanted to change a culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children.The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a ‘better’ life for rural and Indigenous children. Is this true? What really happens when we replace another culture’s canon of knowledge with our own? Does life really get better for its people?
Establishing and Growing an Indian Education Program in Your School District
Presented by Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, St. Cloud State University-American Indian Center
A brief presentation of the ISD#742 American Indian Education program followed by a panel discussion of the trials and tribulations of starting an American Indian Education program. Several Indian educators will share their experiences from districts throughout Minnesota.
How One Minnesota District Closed the Achievement Gap
Presented by RunningHorse Livingston, Mathematize, Inc
In 2011, Native American students in District 2142 faced many of the same academic struggles faced by those across the nation. With the guidance and support of the district's Indian Education program, things improved dramatically in a very short time. This session will be presented by classroom teachers highlighting the impactful changes that led to St. Louis County's success.
Kids Making a Difference
Presented by Cheryl Whitesitt, MN Future Problem Solving Program
Problem solving skills can easily be taught by using relevant topics with respect to unique local and global cultural needs. From planning to implementation, the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process is a powerful tool that can be applied to any complex situation in education, business, community, and personal settings. This overview of the CPS process, will demonstrate skills that inspire students to become agents of change in their own communities.
Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program
Presented by Lara Gerhardson, Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program
You are invited to come learn about the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program in specific and financial aid in general. There will be a Q&A portion and updates about the program.
American Indian Education: An Overview from Pedagogy to Policy
Presented by Dr. Rev Hillstrom (Cherokee) and Ramona Kitto-Stately, ISD279-Osseo Area Schools
The 1972 Indian Education Act was the landmark legislation establishing a comprehensive approach to meeting the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students. In June of 2015, the State of Minnesota made a historic investment by tripling the number of districts receiving Indian Education funding. This training will 1) Review the purpose and history of Indian Education and 2) Help participants/administrators understand how to utilize the funding to make our programs successful.
Mni Sota Makoce: The Dakota Homelands Curriculum Project With 6th Grade Social Studies Teachers in Minnesota
Presented by Darlene St Clair, St Cloud State University
Dakota Wicohan and Partners
Founded in 2002, Dakota Wicohan is a Native non-profit educational organization that seeks to revitalize the Dakota language and lifeways in Minnesota. Mni Sota Makoce: The Dakota Homelands curriculum was created to preserve and transmit the rich historical and cultural heritage of Minnesota’s Dakota people to the next generation of leaders in our state—our youth. This project has received financial support from the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the MN Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Honor the Earth Foundation, the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health, and the Indian Land Tenure Foundation.
Bullying and Braids….
Presented by Ethan Neerdaels, Osseo Indian Education and Reuben Kitto Stately, Junior ,Breck School
Native American Star Knowledge for All Ages
Presented by Betty Jane Schaaf , Wicoie Nandagikendan Language Immersion Program
This is a unique opportunity to experience the First Native American focused portable planetarium. Bring the sky to your classroom with lessons created specifically around Dakota and Ojibwe star knowledge. This session will include a starlab visit and is limited to 25 participants per session.
Dream Catcher –
Presented by Govinda Budrow, a teacher at Nay Ah Shing School
Dream Catcher is a pilot project with MDE – Special Ed that has an intention of including a Native American perspective in evaluations of Native American youth. Special ed staff need to address cultural factors when determining whether American Indian students have disabilities. It is also important to consider cultural factors when conducting FBAs, developing behavior plans or making other decisions such as manifestation determinations. One way to do this is to involve IHSL and other Indian Ed staff in conducting behavior observations.
Narrative Data on New Mexico's Indigenous languages policies in public schools under the New Mexico Indian Education Act of 2003
Presented by Geneva Becenti – U of M, Morris
The session will cover a dissertation narrative case study on the New Mexico Indian Education Act (NMIEA) of 2003 specifically on “ensure maintenance of the Native American languages” through programs and classes in public schools. This qualitative case study is a survey and interview-based on the participants’ knowledge of the NMIEA and language programs /classes. This is a great opportunity to have a conversation about the importance of language immersion and a systems ability to restrict it.
2016-2017 Calendar of Events
Presented by: Joe Carrier, Detroit Lakes Public Schools and Lynda Wadena, Circle of Life
This session is not a workshop, but a time and place to plan out the 2016-2017School Year for Quiz Bowl, Drum/Dance Competitions, and other events. Please bring the dates, times, and location of your competition or event to this session. We will devise a conformed calendar for as many Native American programs as we can. We will also establish updated contact information for the go-to person for as many schools possible. We hope to add other items of importance such as powwows, career fairs, meetings, workshops, etc.... The purpose of this calendar is to hopefully eliminate conflicts with dates and events so that you are able to have a date and time to yourselves. This will ensure the best possible outcome for your competition or activity.
Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Activity – A coloring activity for kids (Free Bags)
Presenter- Natchez Beaulieu, Leech Lake, Ojibwe, ISD279 Osseo Indian Education Program
Based on stories from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Central Minnesota, this lesson allows students to understand more about on native culture, wherever you live in the United States or beyond.
Much more than a simple coloring activity, the kit's project serves three main purposes:
Supporting Students with Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Presented by Stephen Schroeder-Davis, Minnesota Department of Education/Project Northstar
I will be sharing my initial research from "Project Northstar." Participants will see how the use of contemporary realistic fiction can support students in remote or rural settings, and those who are impoverished, specifically American Indian populations. An example of a "reflection guide" to help students and teachers process the novels will be provided. Stephen works to connect books with kids as part of what he called bibliotherapy. All of the books he uses are written by Native artists and all the protagonists are Native.
Kill the Indian, Save the Man: Understanding the Impact of Historical Trauma on Contemporary Academic Achievement in Tribal Communities
Presented by Dr. Antony Stately Organization -ISD719 Prior Lake Indian Education PAC Chairperson
This presentation will discuss the concept of historical trauma - in particular, the Boarding School Experience in tribal communities - along with contemporary harms, and the impact of these on the academic experience and achievement of American Indian children and communities. The presentation will also offer recommendations on creating trauma-responsive learning environments that counteract the impact of these processes and help to improve academic retention and achievement within tribal communities.
What You Can’t See About Me
Presented by Roxanne & her son Michael Flammond Osseo Indian Education Program PAC Chair and student
Michael is my 13 year old son who lives with organic brain damage (FASD, an invisible disability). As his mother I have learned how to navigate through multiple systems to ensure that my son is able to be successful. I would like to share what I have learned about raising a child with an invisible disability and some of the hurdles that we have overcome. Michael would share his experience of school life and how he managed to overcome some of the obstacles that people don't see.