The Education Programs Professional (EPP) position was enacted in 1997, through AB266, which authorized funding to support a Consultant position on Indian Education. The EPP provides technical assistance and direction to school districts and schools, as well as collaborates with tribes and organizations throughout Nevada to ensure student achievement for American Indian (AI) students.
In 2012, Nevada State Board of Education adopted the History and Contemporary Lifestyles of the Northern Paiute, Southern Paiute, Washoe and Western Shoshone Curriculum Guide. The groundwork was begun with dedicated individuals who recognized the unique educational needs of American Indian students in Nevada.
In June 2012, the first Lesson Plan Writing Retreat (LPWR) was hosted to compliment the Curriculum Guide. Subsequently, the LPWR has become an annual event of the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) and from 2012 – 2014 the event has traveled from Carson City, to the University of Nevada, Reno, to the Pyramid Lake High School.
In January 2014, the NDE hosted a first time event with the Moapa Band of Paiute Tribe, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Clark County School District’s Equity and Diversity Office. The event brought individuals from the Southern Paiute tribes in Nevada, Arizona and Utah, along with other tribes. See the Language & History Symposium Synopsis.
Since 2012, the NDE has hosted an annual Higher Education Workshop to streamline the education process for American Indian students in Nevada. The past two events took place at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The event that is most attended statewide is the annual American Indian/Alaska Native Education Summit, in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Cultural Diversity Center, and the Nevada Indian Commission. The event started in 2007 and continues to bring educators from across the state to discuss the state of Indian Education in Nevada. During the Education Summit, the Pesa Namanedu Award is presented to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to Indian education in Nevada.