American Indian Center

Teacher Training Workshops

2017 Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators Info Coming Soon!

Date: June 27- July 1, 2016
Location: Northern Lights Event Center, 6800 Y Frontage Road N.W., Walker, MN 56484

To Register: Online registration can be done HERE. Paper applications can be downloaded HERE.

Registration: Early Bird (received by June 3, 2016): $495.00/person. After June 3rd: $525.00 per person. If you are interested in obtaining credits for the workshop, additional fees apply. See 'Course Credit' below for details.

Hotel Information: A block of rooms have been reserved at Northern Lights Casino Hotel & Event Center, 6800 Y Frontage Road N.W., Walker, MN 56484.  Contact Northern Lights at (218) 547-2744 and mention the Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators event for a discounted rate. Visit for more information.

Additional Lodging may be available at Country Inn Walker, 442 Walker Bay Blvd., Walker, MN 56484 Phone number (218) 547-1400. Visit for more information.

The Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators is designed to increase the knowledge, sensitivity and awareness of Minnesota educators, administrators, and student service providers on the histories, cultures and languages of the federally recognized tribes and bands in Minnesota. This high-quality professional development program will promote a greater understanding of American Indian issues and provide opportunities to critically evaluate educational materials and resources. The goal of the Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators is to facilitate learning among teachers, administrators, and student service providers in order to increase the effectiveness of working with American Indian students and teaching American Indian content.

*Award Winning Program*
Diversity and Multicultural Division 2010
New Innovative Practices in Diversity Award

Who Should Attend:  Pre-K-16 educators; students in teacher training programs; those involved with the education of American Indian students including classroom teachers, teacher aides, curriculum specialists, library media specialists, guidance counselors, home-school coordinators, Title IX/JOM coordinators and administrators; tribal education staff; college and university faculty, staff and administrators; and those with an interest in American Indian Studies and/or American Indian education.

Participant Testimonials:

I believe the Native Studies Workshop for Educators is a program that is having a positive impact on education in Minnesota.

I would encourage social studies people to attend if they can, especially if they are teaching Minnesota history as part of their curriculum.

A very enlightening, provocative and informative offers a refreshing perspective on both history and current events.

Eye opening and a great learning experience for me.

Key in raising my understanding of the Dakota and Ojibwe histories and cultures. Meeting members of those nations and hearing their stories directly has given me insight that I could never get from simply reading a book.

Course Credit:

Undergraduate and Graduate credit is offered for this course for an additional fee through the SCSU Department of Ethnic Studies. This course can be taken for 2 or 3 credits. Two credits will be granted for attending the entire workshop and taking part in all course activities, three credits for attending the entire workshop, taking part in all course activities, and working with Professor St. Clair to develop an additional project. If you choose to take the workshop for three credits, this project would be due to Professor St. Clair on July 29. For additional information on the course, contact Professor St. Clair at  

The undergraduate course number is ETHS 490 and the course ID is 000371.
The graduate course number is ETHS 590 and the course ID is 000372.
The cost per credit is $267.50 per undergraduate credit and $421.23 per graduate credit. This cost pays for the credits only. You must also register for the workshop.

Course Credit Registration is done using our online registration system.

For other general questions about registration, you can contact 320-308-2111 or

Workshop Locations and Partnerships:

2017-White Earth Nation

2016-Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

2015-Prairie Island Indian Community

2014-Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

2013-Twin Cities--Perpich Center for Arts Education

2012-Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

2011-Upper Sioux Community Pejuhutazizi Oyate

2010-White Earth Nation

2009-Lower Sioux Indian Community

2008-Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

2007-St. Cloud State University

NSSWE Sponsors:

MRC      American Indian Center     Student Life & Development     Leech Lake Logo

*  SCSU Ethnic & Women's Studies Department  *  SCSU History Department

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2016 Workshops

  • Mon & Tues, June 20-21, 2016  'Summer Solstice' Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Cloquet, MN
  • Thurs & Fri, July 14-15, 2016   MN Dept. of Education, St. Paul, MN


PDF Registration Form found HERE

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