MAILED: April 18, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE - The 1997 Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference will be held April 20-22 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Eau Claire.
The theme of the conference is "Indian Education: Strengthening Our Lives Through Traditions." The conference is open to the public. Participants are invited to register at the door.
The conference will open with Youth Day Sunday, April 20. About 150 American Indian school-age children are expected to participate. Youth Day registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the west end of the Phillips parking lot at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and activities will continue until 6 p.m.
About 150 American Indian educators and parents are expected to attend the conference Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22. Workshops are scheduled all day Monday and Tuesday.
The keynote presentation will be made during the opening session, slated for 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday. Howard Rainer, a Taos Pueblo-Creek Indian from Taos Pueblo, N.M., will deliver the keynote address. His work as an educator among Native American people has allowed him to visit Native American villages, communities, reservations and reserves throughout the United States and Canada for 25 years. He has become a strong advocate for Native American progress and pride among his people through education.
Registration for all three days of the conference is $100 for the general public, $60 for elders or $75 for students. The costs include the WIEA membership, a lunch and a banquet. Daily rates are $35 for the general public, $20 for elders, or $25 for students.
The conference's hosts are the WIEA West Region and UW-Eau Claire's College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education/UW-Extension.
For more information, call La Vone Sneen at (715) 836-2031.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 21, 1997