The 2017 Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference titled, MINO-AYAA ‘IDIIWIN: Let’s Be Healthy Together, will be hosted by WIEA’s Northeast Region and is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2017, at The Waters of Minocqua in beautiful Minocqua, WI. The conference includes events at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and Lake of the Torches Resort Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI.
The 2017 Conference includes early extended programming thanks in part to a partnership between The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or “The Network”, which is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education, and the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. On May 11, The Network will hold an Early Childhood training workshop at The Pointe Hotel in Minocqua.
Make sure to set aside this important date on your calendar! The 2016 conference set attendance records and drew people from across the country. The 2017 conference promises to be just as big and just as exciting as last year’s. Some of Indian Country’s biggest names will once again partner with WIEA to bring the latest news, information and opportunities in American Indian and Alaskan Native education directly to you! Click here to view the tentative 2017 Conference Agenda.
Tentatively scheduled events include the The Network’s Early Childhood Tribal Workgroup Training Session on May 11 in Minocqua at The Pointe Hotel; the Lac du Flambeau Wiijii’idiiwin (We Are Doing This Together) – Health and Wellness Expo on May 11 at Lake of the Torches in Lac du Flambeau; WIEA Conference Pow-wow at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua on the evening of May 12; Youth Color Run/Walk on the morning of May 13; WIEA annual awards banquet and benefit comedy show by Native comedian Tito Ybarra at Lake of the Torches in Lac du Flambeau on May 13 and much more!
The 2017 WIEA Conference will feature Ahinwake Rose, Executive Director, National Indian Education Association; Dr. Ricky White, Superintendent, Circle of Life Academy, White Earth, MN; Mr. Justin Kii Huenemann, President & CEO, Notah Begay III Foundation and member of the Navajo Nation; and Mr. James P. Bouché, Ed. S., Principal/District Administrator, Lakeland Union High School, Minocqua, WI.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience all that’s great in American Indian education!
Here are a few frequently asked questions:
Q. Who should attend? A. Almost anyone with an interest in Native American education is encouraged to participate, including teachers, students, administrators, parents, grandparents, legislators and tribal leaders.
Q. Is there a cost? A. Yes, the Wisconsin Indian Education Association is a non-profit organization, with the annual conference being the main fundraising source for the organization's annual operating budget. The cost varies depending on age and level of participation. Please click on the blue "SELECT A DATE" button on the upper right hand side of this page. A drop down menu will appear with two separate dates, click on EITHER DATE! You must then click the green "TICKETS" button for ticket pricing options. Please read the ticket descriptions carefully to determine which conference option you wish to purchase. Note: It does not matter which date you select. The same ticket/package/pricing options will appear on both dates, and the ticket option you choose determines which conference day/date(s) you attend.
Q. What will I gain by attending? A. You will gain an invaluable look into what's happening in Native education. This, along with networking opprotunities, workshops, presentations, and keynote addresses provides an experience you won't soon forget! And that's not including the youth paint run/walk, pow-wow at Lakeland Union High School, annual awards banquet and special benefit comedy show by nationally renown Native comedian Tito Ybarra!
Q. Can I pay offline? A. Yes, please make your check or money order payable to the Wisconsin Indian Education Association and mail to: WIEA Treasurer, N5448 Broder Road, Shawano, WI 54166. (Please indicate which ticket level you selected, E.g. Early Bird Educators Group Rate, Early Bird Adult Full Conference, Early Bird Adult Friday - no banquet)