A statewide conference on Native American education will convene at Haskell Indian Junior College this week with activities ranging from workshops to fashion shows to a banquet honoring top Native American educators, advocates and parents.
The Kansas Association for Native American Education, or KANAE, conference, scheduled to run Thursday through Saturday at Haskell, is expected to attract more than 150 people from across the state.
Workshops have been scheduled with topics ranging from the history of Native American education to computer programs for native languages.
Marilyn Bread, president of KANAE, said the conference was open to Indian and non-Indian educators alike as well as the public.
"For the time being, the advancement and love and care for a majority of our students is in the hands of non-Indian educators, so we want their ideas," Bread said. "About 90 percent of Native American children in public education are in non-Indian institutions."
The Clyde Warrior Indian Educator of the Year Award will highlight the Thursday night awards ceremony. The banquet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Warrior, a founder of the Native American rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s, died 25 years ago. The award will be given to a Kansan of Native American descent who has been an outstanding contributor to Native American education in the state.
A panel discussion on Warrior's life will begin at 10:15 a.m. Friday.
A fashion show of traditional Native American clothing will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, and a powwow has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Haskell Powwow Grounds.
KANAE was established in 1991 to promote and maintain education and unity for Native Americans in Kansas by providing an awareness of local and statewide educational activities and issues.
A registration fee is required to attend the conference. For more information contact Bread, 749-8412; Ramona Faulkner, 842-6642; Franda Flyingman, 749-8402; or Sue Parks, 316-833-3619.