Multicultural Resource Center

Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators (NSSWE)

Due to COVID-19, our two NSSWE workshops have been postponed until summer 2021. Please check back for updates.

Questions? Contact Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair at 


The Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators (NSSWE) 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 NSSWE 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.


Past Workshop Locations and Partnership

2019 - Red Lake Band of Chippewa

2018 - Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

2018 - Lower Sioux Indian COmmunity

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

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Prairie Island Indian Community
Multicultural Resource Center at St. Cloud State University
American Indian Center at St. Cloud State University
Department of Ethnic, Gender, and Women's Studies at St. Cloud State University 
Department of History at St. Cloud State University