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Experts highlight UTTC education institute
14 July 2006

BISMARCK (UTN) - Nationally-recognized experts on Indian education and tribal issues will present keynote talks during the 7th Annual Summer Education Institute set for July 24 - 27 at United Tribes Technical College.

      The institute theme is Math, Science and Technology: Preserving Our Past, Renewing Our Future. Over two-dozen breakout sessions are scheduled, along with American Indian cultural activities.

      Kerry Hartman leads off the keynote talks with "Dam Nations" on Monday, July 24. A math/science instructor at the Fort Berthold Community College, New Town, ND, Hartman specializes in research about water and water quality, and the restoration and preservation of June berries.

      Tuesday, July 25, Howard Valandra, vice president of Grants and Programs, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, presents the talk, "Am I a Cultural Enabler or Predator?" Valandra probes the question of appropriating what has been taught, learned and shared by people in the Indian community.

      Wednesday, July 26, Robin Butterfield, Senior Liaison, Minority Outreach, National Education Association, speaks about "Issues Facing Indian Education."

      Thursday, July 27, Ryan Wilson, President, National Indian Education Association, speaks about "Educating Today's American Indian Youth."

      All keynoters are scheduled as luncheon speakers beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the James Henry Community Building.

      The event is open to all educators, administrators, paraprofessionals, school board members, or pre-service teachers. Support is provided by the UTTC Rural Systemic Initiative and the Bilingual Education Office of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

      For more information contact Jennifer Janecek-Hartman 701-255-3285 x 1396 or institute@uttc.edu, or visit www.uttc.edu.


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