Via the Billings Gazette: Proposal would require tribal education for Wyoming teachers

RIVERTON — A proposal from a Wyoming lawmaker would require the state’s teachers and administrators to receive three hours of training on tribal studies.

Republican Rep. Jim Allen of Lander said he might sponsor a bill with such requirements when the legislative session begins Feb. 8. He said he’s gathering community input on the draft before moving forward.

The bill is a response to efforts by schools on the Wind River Indian Reservation to encourage statewide adoption of an American Indian education component in public schools.

Allen says he volunteered to help because the issue is based in his legislative district.

Fort Washakie superintendent Terry Ebert said the draft bill doesn’t meet the initial goal because it does not require instruction for students.

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Portland State University’s American Indian Teacher Program: Recruits Students with Bachelor’s Degrees

Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education has received one of five USDOE grants awarded nationally this year to recruit American Indian students to its teacher preparation program. The grant will build on the school’s existing American Indian Teacher Program established in 2010 which has graduated 12 educators.

Students with a Bachelor’s degree, or in their junior or senior year of college, are encouraged to visit the program’s website,, or call
Maria Tenorio or Marilyn Quintero for more information, 503-725-9943.

The program provides tuition and covers fees, books and living expenses for American Indian students who must commit to teaching in a school that serves a “significant population of American Indian or Alaskan Native students” upon graduation.
Students are enrolled as a cohort within the Graduate School’s teacher preparation program, and are mentored by Native faculty, students and staff through ongoing seminars, potlucks, community events and speakers.

Wednesday, October 22nd, PSU will host Winona LaDuke who will meet with students at a supper at the Native American Student and Community Center before her talk at Smith Memorial Union. AITP staff are available to help applicants gather and prepare all written materials required and can provide application and test fees. Coursework will begin at the end of June 2015 and students will receive a Master’s degree as well as a teaching license after completing the one-year program.

Applications for the one-year graduate school program are available now and due February 2.