FEBRUARY 26, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: RACHEL BYINGTON, WIEA SOUTH REGION
Madison, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Indian Education Association’s (WIEA) annual conference, which will be held on April 1-2, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Madison, is slated to be one of the best in the history of the organization. Each year, the conference location rotates around the state between the association’s seven regions. The theme of
this year’s conference is 21st Century Indigenous Education: a Self-Determined Pedagogy. The conference offers an opportunity to bring together community members, educators (both Indian and non-Indian), businesses and organizations who are interested in improving Indian education. WIEA is the only state conference that specifically addresses Native American educational issues.
On Tuesday, February 12th, officials from the Ho-Chunk Nation presented a $5,000 check to members of WIEA’s South Region in support of this year’s conference. Vice President of the Ho-Chunk Nation Darren Brinegar
was on hand to present the check to the local planning committee.
The WIEA South Region, which is charged with planning this year’s conference, is very thankful to the Ho-Chunk Nation for their generous gift in support of education for American Indians. Karen Martin of the
planning committee, says the donation is an investment in the future of American Indian students and tribal communities. “This is an incredible vote of confidence for not only the Wisconsin Indian Education
Association but also for Indian students,” said Martin.
The 2016 conference keynote speakers include Bill Herrington (Chickasaw Nation), a retired NASA Astronaut; Bill Mendoza (Oglala-Sicangu Lakota), Executive Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and
Alaska Native Education; Patty Loew, Ph.D. (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) and Life Sciences Communication Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and RunningHorse Livingston (Bad River
Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe), Educator and Founder/CEO of Mathematize, Inc.
A variety of presentations will be given throughout both days aimed at Early Childhood, K-12 Educators, K-12 Students, College/University Educators, College/University Students, Community members. Additionally, Friday, April 1, is Youth Day and Saturday, April 2, is Teacher Track Day.
Rachel Byington, WIEA conference co-chair said, “This conference is a way to increase our communities’ understanding of the Wisconsin tribes and what is happening in them – particularly in education.”
WIEA was established in 1985 by a group of concerned Indian educators to carry on the efforts of the former Great Lakes Intertribal Council (GLITC) Education sub-committee.
Registration options are available at
http://2016-wiea-conference-madisonwi.eventbrite.com/. Registration to the conference also covers one year of WIEA membership. For those looking for credit, graduate-level credit applicable toward WDPI license renewal and as evidence toward professional development plan accomplishments available from Edgewood College.
_THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE SPONSORS INCLUDE: _
_Gold Sponsors ($5000): Ho-Chunk Nation._
_Silver Sponsors ($2500): _
_Department of Public Instruction_
_Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network_
_Forest County Potawatomi_
_Nelson Institute and Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin_
_Bronze Sponsors ($1200): _
_Madison Gas & Electric and the School of Human Ecology_
_Copper Sponsors ($500): _
_Journey Mental Health Center_
_Individual Gifts (less than $500): _
_In-kind contributions include: Edgewood College, Wisconsin Historical Society, School of Education (UW-Madison), Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP), Indigenous Arts and Sciences, Madison Metropolitan School District and the Center for World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)._
To help sponsor this conference or for more information about the conference, please contact Rachel Byington at 608-663-8456.