The Wyoming Tribal Children’s Triad organizes the Annual Wyoming Native American Education Conference. The idea for this conference originated during community meetings that were held in April, May, and June of 2009; during the Triad’s initial organization. The purpose of the conference was to determine appropriate goals that would have the greatest educational impact on Native American Students living on or near the Wind River Indian Reservation. There had not been a Native American Education conference in Wyoming in over 30 years, and a significant interest was expressed in having the Triad organize one.
The First Annual Wyoming Native American Education Conference was held August 27th and 28th, 2010. It included an evening Awards Ceremony on August 27th, where Students of the Year were honored. Participants also enjoyed a community dinner and a social Pow Wow. On August 28th, the conference hosted Keynote Speakers and breakout sessions targeting teachers, education administrators, parents, community members and community agencies, and other groups. It was funded by registrations from Fremont County School Districts, and funds from the Wyoming Department of Education. Parents and community members attended at no charge. Many volunteer hours were put into the conference, and various items were donated to make this happen. It was hosted by Fremont County School District #14 at no charge to the conference. Approximately 250 people attended, and their evaluations were overwhelmingly positive.
The Second Annual Wyoming Native American Education Conference was held October 27th and 28th, 2011, and was organized and funded in the same way. Over 400 people attended this time, nearly exceeding capacity of FCSD #14’s facilities, which were once again generously donated. Due to overwhelming demand, the third annual conference will be held at Central Wyoming College (CWC) to ensure accommodation of all those who wish to attend. CWC has also generously offered the use of its facilities at no charge to the conference.