Keynote Speaker and Honored Guest: Dr. Michael 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 U.S. 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.
Native American Star Knowledge for All Ages (DOUBLE ROOM DOUBLE TIME)
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.
Project Dream Catcher: Are Cultural Liaisons the key to reducing disproportionality in Special Education?
Presented by Govinda Budrow, Nay Ah Shing School and Donna Patterson, Augsburg College
Cultural or linguistic differences must be considered when a student is experiencing school problems. Project Dream Catcher trains Indian Education liaisons to carry out behavior observations in special education evaluations and to incorporate cultural perspectives into decision-making for American Indian students. Project staff, Govinda Budrow and Donna Patterson, will present 1st-year results, and future plans.
Schooling the World – A Documentary (DOUBLE TIME-DOUBLE ROOM)
Presented by Tom Kanthak. 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?
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.
“Establishing and Growing an Indian Education Program in Your School District”
Presented by Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, St. Cloud State University-American Indian CenterA 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.
2016-2017 Calendar of Events
Presented by: Joe Carrier, Detroit Lakes Public Schools and Lynda Wadena, Circle of Life Academy
This session is not a workshop, but a time and place to plan out the 2016-2017 School 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 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:
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.
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.
American Indian Education: An Overview from Pedagogy to Policy (Double Time)
Presented by Dr. Rev Hillstrom (Cherokee) and Ramona Kitto-Stately (Santee Dakota), 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 quadrupling 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.
Kill the Indian, Save the Man: Understanding the Impact of Historical Trauma on Contemporary Academic Achievement in Tribal Communities
Presented by Dr. Antony Stately -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.
Mni Sota Makoce: The Dakota Homelands Curriculum
Presented by Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St Clair, St Cloud State University
With the inclusion of “contributions of Minnesota Native Nations” in state educational standards, it has become clear that there are not enough rigorous and relevant resources for K-12 educators. With this in mind, Daḳota Wicoḣ’aƞ, a regional non-profit, has developed a Daḳota lands curriculum—Mni Sota Maḳoce: The Dakota Homelands.
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.
Sustained Creativity in the Classroom
Presented by: Cheryl Whitesitt, MN Future Problem Solving
Harry Wong says that, "A good teacher does not teach. He/she inspires." For years we have put energy into teaching creatively. In recent years, we've learned that in order to inspire, we need to not just teach creatively, but we also need to engage students in thinking creatively. In this session you will learn what limits creativity in the classroom and what inspires sustainable creativity in the classroom. Understanding the creative development strands will help you to increase the quality of education in your classroom while weaving in culture and creating collaboration among the students.
The Visible Invisibility of the Dakota Language in Minnesota
Presented By: Ethan Neerdaels, Dakhota Iapi Okhodakichiye
This presentation will focus on the ongoing suppression of the Dakota language in Dakota homelands by colonizing society while focusing on the current revitalization movement in Dakota communities.
Engage Students with Authentic Dakota and Ojibwe Resources
Presented by Eden Bart, Minnesota Humanities Center and Ramona Kitto Stately
The Minnesota Humanities Center’s Resource Collection contains award-winning educator resources that reflect the authentic narratives of today’s diverse student body. This session will focus on the Dakota and Ojibwe resources in the collection, including a closer look at the educator guides that accompany the Why Treaties Matter exhibit, a partnership of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Humanities Center.
Native Education Outside the Classroom: Open Your Eyes and Raise Your Consciousness
Presented By Devery Fairbanks, Red Lake Nation College
The Standing Rock Sioux Pipeline Case: 'NO DAPL.'
This is vitally important in that it not only seeks to protect the earth's resources, but it offers great learning and healing opportunities.
How does it all connect? -like the web of life, it connects environmentally, politically, economically, historically, personally, emotionally, and spiritually.
There is so much to learn at the 'NO DAPL' pipeline camp that one could write their master's thesis or doctoral dissertation on it. Inter-active workshop, using multi-media, discussion (question & answer), and full audience participation.
Resources and Tools for the teacher
Present by Dylan Jennings , Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
GLIFWC has over 30 years of experience designing and implementing educational materials to meet State teacher standards in American Indian Ed. Come and check out the arsenal of new publications, media and video resources that GLIFWC Public Information Office has been working on.
Identifying and Nurturing Talent Development in Children
Presented by Debra Mishak, Winona State University
This presentation will help educators and other school professionals learn to identify and nurture talent in preschool and elementary school age children. Resources and instruments for assessing native and indigenous talent will be shared, along with fun and engaging activities that honor children's strengths while encouraging their intellectual growth
Presented by Graham Hartley, MIGIZI Communications, Inc.
This presentation will focus on our innovative and potentially replicable Green Jobs Pathway and Native Youth Futures programs. It will include interactive activities that will give participants a sense of the project-based and experiential approaches we use to engage youth in activities as they prepare for their successful futures.
An Indian in the Room: Microaggressions in the Classroom and Beyond
Presented by John Gonzalez, Bemidji State University
Microaggressions are a contemporary daily assault that intersects with historical trauma to create a situation of daily life stress and increasingly poor health for affected communities. As a result of continued marginalization over time, indigenous groups experience higher levels of daily stressors, poorer health overall, and discrimination. However, there is limited published research investigating microaggressions and the American Indian population. A series of studies were conducted documenting the microaggression experiences American Indians students endure and showing the psychological and physiological effects these microaggressions.
The results of these studies will be presented and discussion will be provided on how to reduce these experiences and provide an identity safe learning environment.
American Indian Resources at the Minnesota Historical Society
Presented by Rita Walaszek and Kate Beane, Ph.D, , Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) has been preserving stories of the Mni Sota area since 1849. These collections include records, photographs, oral histories, artwork, and material culture of the indigenous groups of the region and beyond. Learn how to access these resources for student projects, family history, and educational purposes.
Online Ojibwe Tutorials that Support Immersion Teachers in Content Areas
Presented by Lisa Clemens Valerie Tanner and Dustin Brunette, Waadookodaading
Ojibwe immersion teachers and elders have developed on-line tutorials that provide curriculum to train/support immersion teachers in content areas such as math, science, and language arts. Participants will learn about the availability of the tutorials, how they can be used, and the development process for replication purposes.
Cultural roots of Restorative Practices
Presented by Taylor Saver, Roseville Area Schools
Restorative Practices are focused on strong relationships, building community and repairing harm. Through exploring the Native roots of these practices and their ties to traditional teachings, participants will leave with an overview of the spectrum of restorative practices and their use for building a healthy and inclusive learning environment.
Collaborative Effort of Success for Native American Students at the University of Minnesota, Morris
Presented by Gus Claymore, Nicole DeCoteau-Vause and Raymond Burns and Jill Beauregard ; University of Minnesota, Morris
Through a unique blend of grant programs, diversity initiatives, early notification, and institutional support, the University of Minnesota Morris has created an environment that other institutions can emulate by championing a collaborative effort that seeks to support Native students through the phases of recruitment, retention and graduation to proactively identify and address issues and barriers to success.
Project North Star: Elevating Identification and Programming Options for Schools with High American Indian Populations
Presented by Shirley Kampa and Wendy Behrens, Minnesota Department of Education
Presenters Wendy Behrens, Gifted Education Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education and Shirley Kampa, Office of Indian Education, Program Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education will facilitate a round table discussion providing an opportunity for families and educators to brainstorm solutions that address student needs. Strategies for advocacy and resources will be shared.
Building a Positive Self Identity in High School Students
Presented by Randy Gresczyk, Robbinsdale Indian Education
This presentation will talk about the American Indian Rights Research Experience. A collaboration between Robbinsdale Schools and North Hennepin Community College. During this experience, piloted by RAS, students have toured communities and colleges in the state of Minnesota. Students learned about themselves and according to one student, "learned more in five days than they had in their entire academic experience". Students may be present to form a panel for questions and answers.
Native Youth Alliance;The Making of Researchers
Presented by Jane Harstad, Native Youth Alliance of Minnesota
The Native Youth Alliance of Minnesota is planning exciting new initiatives to discover and train youth in research techniques to answer questions brought up in our community meetings. We want youth to ask the important questions, and then for the youth to have a say in how we answer those questions. We will lay the groundwork for how this will be accomplished.
Project North Star: Elevating Identification and Programming Options for Schools with High American Indian Populations
Presented by Cori Paulet, Shirley Kampa, Wendy Behrens, Minnesota Department of Education/Project North Star
Project North Star prepares teachers, administrators, and communities to support gifted learners in rural schools with high populations of Indians. Representatives of the Office of Indian Education and Project North Star staff will discuss initial findings, materials and progress toward the goals of the grant. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input on future resource development.
Urban and Reservation Educators Collaborating
Presented by Joseph Rice, Phillips Indian Educators
Phillips Indian Educators is a collaboration of Twin Cities Native educators. They have developed an MOA with Minneapolis Public Schools and currently provide three days of training for Non-Native educators on Best Practices of Indigenous Education. We would like to expand these types of training across the state in order to improve the educational experience of Native Youth and increase the level of consciousness concerning Indigenous education and worldviews. In this workshop we will present a plan for how to do this and solicit audience contribution on how to co-create a more effective teacher training model.
New on-line American Indian pow-wow curriculum/Fur Trading educational video games for 2016-17
Presented by Robin Nelson, ISD#622
Providing materials to help meet the Minnesota State Standards in Ojibwe and Dakota cultures.
We have developed a new Drum & Dance curriculum to be added to our Ojibwe & Dakota curriculum website that is free to everyone. We have also developed a Fur Trading educational video game that is from an Ojibwe perspective (elementary to middle school levels).
We can also share a new American Indian Arts Learning Trunk and a Traveling American Indian Toys and games bin.
Prepare to have fun!
Ways of Engaging Children with Sensitive Topics
Jessica Winkelaar, Minnesota Center for Social Studies Education (MNHS/MDE)
Sensitive topics involve multiple perspectives and are often uncomfortable for teachers to address in classrooms. These topics may elicit emotions or trigger trauma, but are an essential piece of children's learning. Join us for a conversation that includes ideas and resources for approaching the complexity of sensitive topics in authentic ways.
Building Resiliency through Advisory Programs
Presented by Tracy Olson, Red Lake High School
This workshop will focus on building student resiliency by creating a three-part advisory program that incorporates academic accountability and support, culturally-responsive wellness curriculum, and career and college readiness.
Ojibwe Language camp
Presented by Dr. Dennis Jones, Retired from the University of Minnesota
Bagakendamowinikaaning is the name of the Ojibwe Language camp that is run by Pebaamibines and his family on Rainy Lake. The name of the camp translates to the place where dreams and visions become clearer. This presentation will focus on past highlights of the past ten years of camp activities with hopes of getting interested groups to come to camp to experience the Ojibwe language and culture in a natural wilderness setting.
Reaching Our Wounded Students...COLA: The Hope Project
Presented by Ricky White – Superintendent , White Earth Schools
1) intentional training of staff with relationship building, social emotional awareness, historical trauma, crisis, cultural sensitivity and harm reduction2) wellness court: school, community and county tripartite agreement to working with youth. Diversion program for students that have committed crimes and need to restore themselves and turn their lives around. At White Earth the chief of police, surrounding county probation officers, appointed Judge, mental health workers, school admin and diversion program workers plan together through a tiered program with the youth and if successful all charges are dropped and the student can move on with success and expunged criminal record.
3) Anishinabe Bimatizawin... building a strong cultural program to create pride and self identity in and out of school.
4) COLA Hope Project: school day, extended day, partnerships with community...
Detailed scripts for each of the programs will be provided to all participants for their own reflection and possible implementation at their schools/programs/communities...
5 minute talent students so far: AGENDA??
Tinta Otonwe – Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux community boys drum group
Michael Flammond – Hand Drum songs. Michael is a Sophomore at Osseo Senior High School/ He is an amazing athlete pling both LaCrosse and Football, a great scholar and the ISD 279 Osseo Area School Brave. He loves to sing and has used contemporary life challenges to sing hand drum songs proving that our survival is dependant on our ability to change and grow.
Reuben Kitto Stately – Reuben is a Junior and loves words and music. He uses the spoken word, poetry and rap music as an outlet for grief , and for all things teens endure in todays world. He says our sacred lifeways and music keep him connected and healthy.
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