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10/13/2015 » 10/17/2015
NIEA 2015 Convention & Trade Show

10/4/2016 » 10/8/2016
NIEA 2016 Convention & Trade Show

Newest Members

Pre-registration Now Closed
On-Site Registration Available Beginning Wed, Oct 15th at 12:00 pm (AK Time)


Call for Resolutions
Due October 1st

Research Forum

Workshop Schedule

Distinguished Keynote Speakers


Mark Trahant

Dr. Walter Kahumoku, III

Dr. Keiki Kawai`ae`a & Family

Opening General Assembly

Thu, Oct 16th

8:00 am - 10:50 am

Second General Assembly

Fri, Oct 17th

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Closing General Assembly

Sat, Oct 18th

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Mark Trahant is a nationally known author, journalist and Twitter poet. He is the 20th Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is also an independent journalist.

Every week day, for some six years, Trahant writes a 140-character poem on Twitter. His goal is to communicate news and opinion in a four line rhyme. (His handle is @newsrimes4lines.)

He is a member of Idaho's Shoshone-Bannock tribe and former president of the Native American Journalist's Association.



Dr. Walter Kahumoku III is the Director of the Kauhale Kīpaipai (Educator Professional Development) department of the Kamehameha Schools. Dr. Kahumoku has dedicated his life's work to improving the educational wellbeing of Hawaiian learners.


His current work around Culture Based Education as it applies to Common Core has been critical to helping teachers understand how to reach native Hawaiian students in meaningful, relevant ways.


Dr. Keiki Kawai`ae`a and her family-daughter Kananinohea Māka`imoku and granddaughter Hāweo`ulakaumaka Māka`imoku--have played a critical role in the family-based development and fruition of the P-20 Hawaiian language immersion movement. Keiki and her family are one of the founding families of the movement and have been principal agents in the reestablishment and implementation of Hawaiian medium education.

Expert-Driven Presidential Sessions


Celebrating Native Languages as Resources to Academic Success

Thu, Oct 16th 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Building Strong Foundations in Early Learning

Fri, Oct 17th 2:15 pm-3:45 pm

Common Core: Improving Student Outcomes through Cultural Pedagogy

Sat, Oct 18th 2:15 pm-3:45 pm


Celebrating Native Languages as Resources for Academic Success will highlight the great impact of rooting our education programs in our languages. The session will focus on the growing body of research that demonstrates the value – academic and otherwise – of passing on our languages and traditions to future generations. In addition, the session will discuss current and proposed policy changes aimed at promoting the incorporation of Native languages into our schools.

Building Strong Foundations in Early Learning will focus on the investments being made in early learning in Native Communities. We know that the solutions to many of the challenges facing our Native students are found in the values and habits formed in their early years. By working with our pre-school students, our youngest children can develop the cognitive, interpersonal, and motor skills needed to enter school developmentally ready for academic success. This session will highlight efforts and programs in early learning built around this goal, including family and community engagement and early childhood teacher preparation.


Common Core: Improving Student Outcomes through Cultural Pedagogy will focus on how integrating Native ways of learning and knowing into daily curriculum leads to increased student achievement.

Incorporating traditional values and cultural approaches with the Common Core standards validates American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. Such validation and support provide Native students an understanding of how education can be used to better the quality of life for their tribal communities.

· Dr. Rosita Worl,

   President, Seaalaska

   Heritage Institute

· Dr. Richard Littlebear,

   President, Chief Dull

   Knife College

· Ryan Wilson, President,

   National Alliance to Save

   Native Languages


· Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz,

   Early Childhood Education

   Director, American Indian

   College Fund Pearl

· Kiyawn Nageak Brower,

   President, Ilisagvik College

· Shawna Medeiros,

   Director, Literacy

   Instructional Services

   Division, Kamehameha


· Crystal Redgrave,

   Superintendent, Bug-O-

   Nay-Ge-Shig School

· Doreen Brown, Executive

   Director, Anchorage School

   District, Title VII Indian




Convention Dates:
October 15-18, 2014

Anchorage Convention Centers - Dena'ina & William Egan Civic & Convention Center

On-Site Registration:

Opens Wed, 10/15 at 12:00 pm (AK Time)

 Host Hotels:

Anchorage Marriott SOLD OUT
Hilton Anchorage SOLD OUT
Hotel Captain Cook SOLD OUT
 NEW!  Alaska Airlines 5% Discount

About the Theme:

This year's theme expands upon last year's theme - "Building Education Nations & Communities" -  to continue to build our Native education advocacy, resources, and programs so that we can sustain quality education through the generations.  Join us this year as we continue to improve the state of Native education.

Convention Contact:

Nancy Dewire at

 National Indian Education Association
1514 P Street, NW, Suite 104
Washington, DC  20005
202.544.7290 | 202.544.7293 Fax
Our Mission:  The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) advances comprehensive educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States.