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. This 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.

    10th Annual American Indian/Alaska Native Education Summit

    Date: March 20-21st, 2017
    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 10th Annual American Indian/Alaska Native Education Summit. 

      This year’s theme, From Accountability to Native Innovation: Celebrating a decade of work, and venturing toward a bright future, not only acknowledges the work and growth that has occurred in the past ten years, but also looks ahead to opportunities that provide change and expansion of new and established American Indian/Alaska Native student achievement and programs.

      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. Two of our invited guest keynote speakers are Christian Parrish Takes the Gun, also known as Supaman, and D.J. Vanas.


        An Apsáalooke rapper from Seattle who had a troubled childhood, Supaman began his career Disc Jocking in the 1990s. According to an interview with NPR, Supaman was close to signing with a Seattle record label when he had a religious experience that led him to return to the reservation and begin writing Christian-oriented hip-hop. Supaman takes his passion on the road and shares his story, along with Native American History and Culture, with students around the country. We are excited to have him participate in our Summit this year, especially with the Youth.

        D.J. Vanas
        D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas is a husband, father, internationally acclaimed motivational storyteller and a leadership and personal development expert. He is also the author of the celebrated book, The Tiny Warrior: A Path to Personal Discovery & Achievement, which is printed in six countries.

        D.J. is a tribally enrolled member of the Odawa Nation and a former military officer. He shows organizations how to practically apply the power of the warrior spirit to perform at their best, stay resilient and thrive in tough, changing environments. For twenty years, he’s delivered his dynamic programs in 49 states and overseas to over 5,000 audiences including Walt Disney, NASA, IBM and hundreds of tribal governments, communities, and schools. He’s also been invited to the White House to speak – twice.

        Additionally, we will have other guest presenters and workshops that will be announced soon.

          Youth Summit

          The youth summit’s theme is, “Let your Voice Be Heard: Invest in Your Future.” 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.
          • Registration and participation in a youth talent show and 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

          Please note the following:
          Lodging and transportation to and from the university is not provided to youth participants. Committee will accept the first 150 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. The group code for room reservations is S03NIC7. 
            Harrah's Reno
            219 North Center Street
            Reno, NV 89501

            If you have any questions about the registration, please contact Alex Coronel at (775) 687-9162. If you have any questions about the Conference, contact Fredina Romero at (775) 687-9143.

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