Save the Date for the 11th Annual Native American Education Conference, Aug. 5-6, 2020, at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyo.
Online registration will be available in March 2020.
2020 Keynote Speaker: Darryl Tonemah
Trauma in the Native Community: From Dealing to Healing
Trauma is transferred from generation to generation from biology through sociology. Research shows our community members can be born with PTSD through genetic coding, traumatic pregnancy, or traumatic birth. Or a child may be born into a traumatic environment and the brain develops specifically for self-preservation. Many of the self-preservation behaviors look like ADD/ADHD, learning disorders, addiction, chronic health problems, or even autism. A Trauma Informed Community empowers its providers, educators, leaders and citizens in recognizing its symptoms and behaviors, and equips itself with tools to not only DEAL with trauma but to HEAL from trauma.
In this training attendees will:
- Understand how trauma is passed genetically, psychologically and sociologically
- Learn how to recognize the “4 Horsemen” of Trauma
- Practice personal skills in dealing with own traumatic or stress activation
- Learn basic skills in helping others with trauma
- Understand the “felt sense” of trauma and learn how to change stress reactions
About Dr. Tonemah
Dr. Darryl Tonemah is a health psychologist with three bachelor’s degrees, in Psychology, Sociology, and Gerontology; a master’s degree in Community Counseling; and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Cultural Studies.
Dr. Tonemah has been published numerous times for his work in diabetes and has been featured in textbooks, magazines, newspapers, TV and radio programs around the country for his efforts in health, education, wellness and entertainment. He has written a book on health behavior change to be released in the near future.
Congratulations to the 2019 Youth Pacesetter Award winners!
The annual Youth Pacesetter honorees were chosen based on their academic achievement, attendance, leadership among peers, community service and aspirations for higher learning. Congratulations to all winners and their families!
Delaina Becenti, Mountain View High School
Donavan Underwood, Arapahoe Charter High School
Estrellita Martinez, Arapahoe Charter High School:
Steven Antelope, St. Stephens High School
Orelia Lawson, St. Stephens High School
Jayden Whiteplume, Wyoming Indian High School
Amanda Gardner, Wyoming Indian High School
Kyle Yellowbear, Riverton High School
Belle Young Chief, Riverton High School
Antonio Coando, Lander Valley High School
Gabby St. Clair, Lander Valley High School
A’Kai Grey Bull, Fort Washakie High School
Larami Azure, Fort Washakie High School
Scott Woodruff, Torrington High School
Deshea Schnell, Torrington High School
Native American Education Conference Mission Statement: Instill pride and strengthen engagement in youth through learning Native American history and culture.
A variety of youth activities – including a basketball tournament and ice cream social – were offered for students entering Grade 6 and up. A total of 69 youth took part this year.
- Understanding of and appreciation for the history and culture of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes
- Cultural sensitivity for educators and other adults who impact Native American students
- Instructional and learning needs of Native American students
- Emotional and social needs of Native American students
- Successful transitions for students between school levels
- Empowering youth to develop leadership skills and choose healthy lifestyles
- Promoting understanding, building relationships and generating ideas for engaging families and the community in education of the whole child
- Preventing suicide
Fremont County School Districts 1, 14, 21, 25 and 38
St. Stephens Indian School
Wind River Hotel & Casino
University of Wyoming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office