Native American Education Conference

The 11th Annual Native American Education Conference, Aug. 5-6, 2020, will be virtual this year.

Registration for attendees and sponsors is available by clicking here.

1.0 PTSB credit and 1.0 UW credit will be offered.

More than 40 breakout workshops will be offered. Check out the schedule.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. 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.

2020 Youth Pacesetter Awards

The annual Youth Pacesetter honorees are chosen for their academic achievement, attendance, leadership among peers, community service and aspirations for higher learning.
This year’s Pacesetter Award winners will be recognized Aug. 6 at 8 a.m. during a live Zoom meeting at this year’s conference.

Congratulations to the 2019 Youth Pacesetter Award winners!

2019 winners:

  • 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.

Conference Goals:
  • 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

Our Sponsors

Fremont County School Districts 1, 6, 14, 25 and 38

St. Stephens Indian School

Wyoming Humanities

For more information about the conference, call Rob Black at (307) 777-3747 or email