2020 Indian Education Virtual Summit & Conference

Request for Virtual Presentation Proposals

The South Dakota Indian Education Conference targets South Dakota PK-16 educators of all content areas, as well as administrators and school board members. The goal of the Conference is to provide training on best practices in the field of Indian education, for educators of both majority and minority American Indian student populations.

We seek a wide variety of topics/presentations.  Some preference will be given to proposals addressing classroom and school-wide implementation of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards

Schedule/format: Coming soon!

  • Presentations will be scheduled for August 10, 2020
  • Please submit by proposal by (coming soon).
  • Presenters will be selected by the committee and notified before (coming soon).

Download full Request for Proposals here.

2020 South Dakota Indian Education Summit & Conference Planning Committee.

Lisa Bordeaux-Taken Alive, McLaughlin High School
Megan Deal, Pierre School District
Joe Moran, SD DOE
Cheryl Medearis, Sinte Gleska University
Keri Dupris, Dept. of Tribal Relations
Juliana WBTA, Office of Indian Ed, Department of Tribal Relations

Wóokiye Project

Wookiya Teachers & Schools, 2020-2021

The Wóokiye Project includes three pilot schools and 20 Wóokiye Teachers. These teachers will receive training this summer and will be participants in required monthly virtual meetings. Each will be paid $1500 for the year.

The three pilot schools will also get schoolwide PD.

The project will begin August 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.

The goal of this effort is to create and Implement a network of support that will help, aid, and assist teachers as they become proficient in using the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU).

Provide additional support in creating resources that support OSEU standards, and to seek out schools and teachers that are currently implementing OSEU standards.

DOE leads and funds a State mentoring program to support first and second year teachers. The Wóokiye project will collaborate with DOE and TIE to provide training and support to three pilot schools with Indigenous student populations


  • Creating OSEU lessons and schoolwide plans
  • Modeling of culturally responsive classroom instruction
  • Culturally responsive training /cultural proficiency
  • Development of shared leadership/vision
  • Wóopȟe Sakowin training in culturally responsive classroom management



South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations Office of Indian Education

This office was established to assist the Secretary of Education, while working in conjunction with the Indian Education Advisory Council, to address the educational challenges that face American Indian students in South Dakota. It works to identify innovative strategies that aim to close the achievement gap between Native and non-Native students; promote educational models that are culturally relevant and where possible, create partnerships between the public school sector, the Bureau of Indian Education and tribal schools.


To promote educational equity through meaningful collaboration that supports and prepares Indigenous students on their educational journeys.


The mission of the Office of Indian Education is to collaborate and communicate with the Oceti Sakowin tribes of South Dakota, and to create a network of allies within the state and tribal governments with a shared commitment to the vision.