Native Village Youth and Education News
October, 2009

 

National Indian Education Association
Releases their 2009 Honor List

 WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Indian Education Association will honor eight Native individuals and one school at their 40th annual convention on October 22-25 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,

Those honored have impacted the world of education by changing and improving students' lives, and by promoting dialog about Native education issues, both locally and nationally.

 

  2009 NIEA Lifetime Achievement Awards
Cheryl Kulas (Oglala Lakota Tribe), retired executive director of Indian Affairs Commission for North Dakota
Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley (Yupiaq), associate professor of education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  Elders of the Year
Elaine Peters (Menominee Indian Tribe)
Joseph Medicine Crow (Crow Nation)
 
  Parents of the Year
Brent (Ponca & Chickasaw) & Kennetha (Otoe Missouria) Greenwood
  Teacher of the Year
 Dr. Cornel Pewewardy (Comanche Nation)


  Educator of the Year
Denise M. Juneau (Mandan and Hidatsa Tribe

  Cultural Freedom Award
Niigane Ojibwemowin Immersion School of the Bugonaygeshig, in Minnesota

 “Every year, we recognize the importance of leaders who are found in our classrooms, our homes and our communities," said Robert Cook (Oglala Lakota Tribe), NIEA president  "This year has particular importance. The awardees’ contributions have demonstrated the encompassing value of what it is to be a leader, celebrated also in NIEA’s forty years of advocacy. They remind us that we must listen to children to improve the future. We must know our communities’ needs, recognize our students’ strengths, and listen to their answers. These remarkable people and this school are true examples of who can see that need and see the hope we have in our Native children, and our belief that students are the foundation on which all successful communities rest. On behalf of NIEA and the board of directors, I praise these awardees for their humble work on behalf of Native students and children.”

 Founded in 1970, The National Indian Education Association is anorganization committed to increasing educational opportunities and resources for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students while protecting their cultural and linguistic traditions.

For more information or tickets, please visit www.niea.org or call 202-544-7290.

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