Thank you to the 500+ individuals who attended the 2018 Native American Education Conference!

Rhaelle Curry, of Laramie High School, one of this year’s Youth Pacesetter Award winners, accepts her certificate from Megan Degenfelder, Wyoming Department of Education chief policy officer, along with Willard Gould, of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, and John Washakie, of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, during an awards ceremony Aug. 8, 2018, at St. Stephens High School.

This year’s 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!
This year’s winners:
  • Jared White, Wyoming Indian High School
  • Jenna Medicine Horse, Wyoming Indian High School
  • Leighanna Shoulderblade, Riverton High School
  • Dayne Bradley, Riverton High School
  • Tiaunna Velarde, Pathfinder High School
  • Taylee Dresser, Lander Valley High School
  • Drew Wyant, Lander Valley High School
  • Martina Brown, St. Stephens High School
  • Roberto Hernandez, St. Stephens High School
  • Katsina Cardenas, Arapahoe Charter High School
  • Kateri Cardenas, Arapahoe Charter High School
  • Rhaelle Curry, Laramie High School
  • Antonia Valdez, University of Wyoming
  • Kailyn Washakie, University of Wyoming
2018 Brochure and Schedule


Billy Mills, Olympic Gold Medalist, 10,000 metersPhoto of Billy Mills in jogging suit with mountains in the background

Kasey Nicholson, comedian and inspirational speakerClose up photo of Kasey Nicholson

Team Xtreme Warriors, strongmen and power lifters with a concern for today’s struggles and temptations our young generation face each and every day

Photo of Team Extreme performers standing on stage ready to break bricks

Turnaround Arts: California, which is “turning around” the school climate and culture at a Native American school through the arts

The 9th Annual Native American Education Conference was held Aug. 8-9, 2018, at St. Stephens Indian School and Central Wyoming College. Thank you to everyone who made it a great success!

A big thank you to Wyoming Humanities and the Wind River Hotel & Casino for their support of the conference, along with Fremont County School Districts 1, 14, 21, 25 and 38 and St. Stephens Indian School, as well as the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes!

Make plans now for the 10th Annual Native American Conference, to be held Aug. 7-8, 2019, at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyo.

Mission Statement: Instill pride and strengthen engagement in youth through learning Native American history and culture.

  • Suicide prevention skills
  • 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

For more information about the conference, call Rob Black at (307) 630-0797 or email