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2021 Native American Education Conference

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The Native American Education Conference provides workshops & presentations to enhance learning opportunities for American Indian children.

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Youth Early Registration Closes July 21st at 5:00 p.m. MDT**

General Admission Registration Closes August 9th at 11:59 p.m. MDT

Youth Ticket Price - Free

Adult Ticket Price - $25 per Person**

General Sessions

Aug. 11-12 from 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Aug. 13 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Aug. 14 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Featuring over 25 workshops that benefit all individuals involved with Native American student education. Areas of emphasis include:

  • Wyoming "Indian Ed for All" social studies standards.
  • At-risk youth.
  • The history and culture of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes. 

NAEC Youth Day

Aug. 14 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

On August 14th, adult attendees and youths of all ages and backgrounds are invited to attend the NAEC Youth Day for a variety of workshops covering career readiness, Native American culture, self-empowerment, and more!

**Early Youth Registrants will receive a FREE conference "fidget bag" to the mailing address given at registration for their use during the conference.

Pacesetter Awards (Saturday, August 14th)

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 school district in Wyoming for their academic achievements. This year, an online segment will honor the Pacesetters.

Conference Access Links and Materials will be emailed to attendees on Wednesday, August 11th at 7:00 a.m. MDT*

Conference Materials & Information

A digital welcome packet including the schedule and workshop access information will be sent via email on August 13th to the email provided during registration.* Direct any questions regarding the conference to Phylicia Peterson, Administrative Assistant, at phylicia.peterson@wyo.gov.

PTSB and UW credit available.

Featured Key Note Speakers:

Tanaya Winder

Tanaya Winder is an author, singer/songwriter, poet, and motivational speaker. She comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. Tanaya’s performances and talks emphasize “heartwork” – the life path one is meant to follow by using their gifts and passions. She blends storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love. Her specialties include youth empowerment and healing trauma through art.

Hawhenawdies Neil Powless

The NAEC is proud to present Hawhenawdies Neil Powless as Keynote speaker for Youth Day. Powless is a member of the Onondaga Nation, film producer, and Syracuse University’s ombudsman. He will deliver a powerful message about healing, and coaching young people.

Sam Mihara

The NAEC is proud to once again present Sam Mihara as Keynote speaker for this year's conference. Sam Mihara is a former prisoner at Heart Mountain Relocation Center located near Cody, WY during WWII. He will share his experience and how they relate to today’s marginalized community issues.


Three feature films will be screened this year, followed by panel discussions with each filmmaking team.


4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to “save them from being Indian.” In Maine, the first official Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States begins a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind the scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

Home from School: The Children of Carlisle

2:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13, 2021

In 2017, a delegation of Northern Arapaho tribal members traveled from Wyoming to Pennsylvania to retrieve remains of three children who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial school in the 1880s. It’s a journey into the troubled history of Indian boarding schools and a quest to heal generational wounds. Home from School is written and directed by Geoff O’Gara. Co-Producer is Sophie Barksdale and Associate Producer is Jordan Dresser.

Neither Wolf Nor Dog

8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021

A Lakota elder summons a white writer to visit him and help him write a book about his people. Neither Wolf Nor Dog stars Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney and Tatanka Means. Directed by Steven Lewis Simpson. Adapted from the best-selling novel by Kent Nerburn.

Find us on Twitter and Facebook @WYOEducation to stay updated on activities and speakers.  

Please Thank Our Key Partners for Their Gracious Support:

Central Wyoming College

Western Educational Equity Assistance Center - Metropolitan State University

Wyoming Humanities


Other Supporting Partners Include:

Fremont School District No. 1

Fremont School District No. 6

Fremont School District No. 14

Fremont School District No. 21

Fremont School District No. 25

Fremont School District No. 38

St. Stephens Indian School

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