American Indian /Alaska Native (AI/AN) Education Summit


The annual American Indian/Alaska Native Education Summit, is hosted annually in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Cultural Diversity Center, and the Nevada Indian Commission. Planning for the event began 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.

    11th Annual American Indian/Alaska Native Education Summit

    Date: Thursday, March 22nd & Friday, March 23rd
    Location: University of Nevada, Reno

      The Nevada Department of Education, in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno and the Nevada Indian Commission would like to invite you to participate in the 11th Annual American Indian/Alaska Native Education Summit. 

      This year’s theme, building a sustainable education system for student success, which is reflected in how we invest time and energy to support and shape best practices' for American Indian and Alaska Native Students in our state.

      The Summit will feature well-known keynote speakers, as well as professional educators who will share resources and strategies that work with American Indian students.


        Guest presenters and workshops will be announced soon.

          Youth Summit

          We encourage youth in grades 8 through 12 to attend this youth summit to take advantage of a two-day fun-filled conference with activities focused on leadership development, self-advocacy, academic skills enhancement, self-empowerment, strengthening traditional knowledge, health and wellness, and college/career preparation.

          Registration is FREE to all youth currently in grades 8th through 12th grade. Registration for the youth summit will include the following:

          • Access to events and activities planned for the youth during the two-day conference.
          • Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided on both days of the conference.
          • Resources and supplies provided to youth for workshops and activities during the two-day event.

          Please note the following:
          Lodging and transportation to and from the university is not provided to youth participants. Committee will accept the first 100 registered youth for the conference and consider other applicants thereafter as space allows. If you register a youth attendee and they are not able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.


            This year’s host hotel is Harrah’s Reno. Reservations will open in January 2018
            Harrah's Reno
            219 North Center Street
            Reno, NV 89501

              If you have any questions about the registration, please contact Brandi Roberts at (775) 687-9218. If you have any questions about the Conference, contact Fredina Romero at (775) 687-9143.