American Indian Center


Teacher Training Workshops

Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators

Our 2017 workshop is June 19-23 at White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen, Minnesota.



  • Register by June 5 and the cost is $525 per person
  • Register from June 6 to 3 p.m. June 20 and the cost is $575 per person

Additional fees apply if you are seeking course credit


A block of rooms is reserved at Shooting Star Casino Hotel & Event Center in Mahnomen. Reserve rooms at (800) 453-7827. For the discounted rate, mention block ID #5363. 


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

The workshop targets P-12 and college 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 are offered for for an additional fee through the Department of Ethnic Studies.


  • Course number is ETHS 490
  • Course ID is 000548


  • Course number is ETHS 590
  • Course ID is 000547

Two credits will be granted for attending the entire workshop and taking part in all course activities.

Three credits will be granted for attending the entire workshop, taking part in all course activities and working with Professor Darlene St. Clair on an additional project. The project would be due to her July 28. For more information, email

The cost per credit is $267.50 per undergraduate credit and $421.23 per graduate credit. 

Need registration help? Call 320-308-2111 and email

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

White Earth Nation  MRC        American Indian Center     Student Life & Development     

Ethnic & Women's Studies Department and History Department at St. Cloud State

2017 Native Skywatchers Workshops - Earth Sky Connections

View flier HERE

  1. June 12-13, Elk River High School
    • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Cost: $80
  2. Aug. 7, Perpich Center for the Arts, Golden Valley
    • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Cost: $40


PDF Registration form found HERE

Find out More on the SCSU Planetarium webpage


Dept. Of Physics and Astronomy

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