“Indian Education for All” Legislation Enacted
On March 10, 2017, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed House Bill 76/House Enrolled Act 119, which aims to educate all Wyoming students about American Indian tribes of the region, including the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes.
As a result, the State Board of Education is tasked with reviewing Wyoming’s social studies standards to ensure the cultural heritage, history and contemporary contributions of American Indians are addressed.
Additionally, the law requires the Wyoming Department of Education, in consultation with the tribes, to make available materials and resources on the agency’s web site to assist school districts in meeting social studies benchmarks relating to the study of American Indian tribes.
A Social Studies Standards Review Committee has begun work to meet the requirements of House Enrolled Act 119. When the committee approves a draft of its recommendations, it will be posted here.