American Indian Studies Institute June 15-19

Monday, May 11, 2009

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – In an effort to increase knowledge, sensitivity and awareness of the histories, cultures and languages of the American Indian bands and communities in Minnesota, St. Cloud State University is sponsoring its third American Indian Studies Summer Institute June 15-19, this year on the Lower Sioux Reservation in Morton, Minn.

The weeklong learning experience, which is designed to enhance the effectiveness of professionals working with American Indian students, is expected to be of special interest to K-16 educators.

The Institute is sponsored by St. Cloud State’s American Indian Center, Ethnic Studies Department and the Multicultural Resource Center and in partnership with the Lower Sioux Interpretive Center and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Sessions throughout the week will include Dakota and Ojibwe histories, cultures and languages; tribal sovereignty; incorporating American Indian history and culture into the curriculum; evaluating educational materials for bias; and American Indian arts and cultural expressions.

The professional development opportunity can be taken for undergraduate and graduate credit.  Registration is limited to 32 participants.

For more information visit or contact Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, American Indian Center Director, at 320-308-5447.

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