By Jeff Rebitski, Staff Writer
The 13th annual Native American Education Conference will be held August 2-4, 2022, at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. Fee is only $25 for three days of presentations and workshops dedicated to better outcomes for Wyoming’s Native American students through knowledge of best teaching practices and understanding of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho people. This year’s keynotes include: Sandra Ashley, who will address American Indian history that’s missing from today’s social studies classrooms and Ryan Wetzel, a former professional basketball player who will share his story of being headed for stardom, the injuries and depression that shattered the dream, and the resurrection and purpose discovered through the healing process.
Featuring over 40 workshops that benefit all individuals involved with Native American student education. Areas of emphasis include:
- Wyoming “Indian Ed for All” social studies standards.
- Best teaching practices for Native American youth.
- Support for youth.
- Youth inspiration.
- History and culture of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes.
Each year, the Wyoming Department of Education honors outstanding Native American students with the prestigious Pacesetter Award. The Pacesetter Award honors the top Native American students from each high school in Wyoming for their academic and community achievements. This year’s winners will be recognized on Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. in the CWC Peck Auditorium.
This year’s Theme: “Strengthening Resilience Through Relationships” is supported by the group of keynote speakers that are here to educate and inspire the promotion of education for native youth. Attending this function will provide a person with the opportunity to gain perspective and gather information to assist with the further development of our tribal youth.
The following are the keynote speakers for the conference.
Dr. Shane Doyle – “Strengthening Resilience Through Relationships” – Aug. 2 at 3:15 p.m.
Sandra Ashley – “What is a Proper Education?” – Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.
Ryan Wetzel – “Never Too Late” – Aug. 4 at 1 p.m.