Feb 17, 2010 11:20 PM
GREAT FALLS - Educators from across Montana are engaging in a discussion about how to teach Native American history and culture.
Today, the Office of Public Instruction wrapped up its Best Practices conference with keynote speaker Denise Juneau. The Superintendent of Public Instruction says the Indian Education for All statute must accomplish three things.
She says all Montanans Indian and Non-Indian must be encouraged to learn native culture. She also says educators must work with Montana tribes to educate students. Finally, Juneau adds all school personnel must have an awareness of Indian tribes.
Juneau told the group many voices have been heard since Indian Education for All was included in the state constitution in 1972, and now those attending the conference will add their voices to this important educational initiative.
Montana is the only state with a law requiring educators to include Indian curriculum in the classroom.