Registration is open for the 2018 Native American Education Conference, Aug. 7-9, 2018 in Fremont County
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“Indian Education for All” Standards Move Forward
On March 10, 2017, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed Original House Bill 76/House Enrolled119, 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 was 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 was created in October 2017 and worked from November 2017 to January 2018 to meet the standards review requirement of the legislation. A draft of the committee’s recommendations is available. The State Board of Education voted April 20, 2018, to promulgate rules that would implement the revised standards. Gov. Matt Mead on May 4, 2018, gave permission to the Board to move forward with the rules promulgation process, and public comment is now being accepted online. The public comment period closes June 29, 2018.
The State Board of Education and the governor will review the comments prior to deciding whether to adopt the new social studies standards. Your comments will be posted on the Secretary of State’s website and are greatly appreciated.
Indian Education Resources
- Wind River Education Project (History of Wyoming’s Native Americans)
- Native Knowledge 360 – An initiative of the National Museum of the American Indian
- Affirmation of Tribal Consultation Form