Multicultural Resource Center

Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators (NSSWE)

2021 Virtual NSSWE

June 28-July 2, 2021
Online via Zoom


$375 per person

$350 per person for groups of three or more from a district or organization

*Additional fees apply if you are seeking course credit (more information below). 


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.

Having cancelled last year's workshop due to the pandemic, and understanding that the safety of larger gatherings is still unknown, we are offering a 2021 Virtual NSSWE. The online format will allow participants to continue to learn about and from Native Nations and Native people in Minnesota from home.

This Virtual NSSWE has been re-envisioned for an online environment—taking advantage of synchronous meetings, asynchronous resources, and small group conversations. Virtual NSSWE will make learning about the Native Nations of Minnesota more accessible for folks who can’t leave home for a week. We hope many of you take advantage of this unique opportunity in 2021 and we look forward to being back in Native communities with in-person workshops in 2022! 

For more information, email

Workshop Schedule

Monday, June 28, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 29, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 30, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 1, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Friday, July 2, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

* All times are in CDT

Who Should Attend

The workshop is designed specifically for 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.

Course Credit

St. Cloud State University's Department of Ethnic, Gender and Women's Studies offers credit for the below courses for an additional fee. 

  • ETHS 490 Section 01 Course ID 000729 
  • ETHS 590 Section 01 Course ID 000730 
Variable credits (2-3)
  • 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. For more information, email 

The cost per credit is $297.82 per undergraduate credit and $430.80 per graduate credit.

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. 

NSSWE Sponsors

  • Multicultural Resource Center 
  • American Indian Center 
  • Department of Ethnic, Gender, and Women's Studies 
  • Department of History 

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