“Indian Education for All” Legislation Enacted
On March 10, 2017, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed Original 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 was created in October 2017 and worked from November 2017 to January 2018 to meet the standards review requirements of House Enrolled Act 119. A draft of the committee’s recommendations is now in the hands of the State Board of Education, which will meet April 19-20, 2018, in Gillette to consider next steps in the standards adoption process.