Nations within a Nation talks education

JACKSON, WY— What does access to education look like to Native Americans, particularly those who live on the Wind River Reservation?

The truth is that there are cultural and equitable challenges many Native Americans face in the pursuit of their education. Central Wyoming College’s next “Nations within a Nation” panel discussion will dive into the heart of these challenges.

Join Central Wyoming College’s panel of experts Monday, October 29 at Teton County Library for the second in a series of three discussions about Native American identity and history. This week’s panelists are Scotty Ratliff, author and aide to US Senator Mike Enzi; Willie LeClair, member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe; Jacoby Hereford, Jr. and Sierra Ferris, current CWC students; and Marlin Spoonhunter, President of Wind River Tribal
College.

“Central Wyoming College is extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Teton County Library and Think/WY Humanities to bring this series to Jackson,” CWC President Brad Tyndall said. “There is a rich history surrounding Native American education that impacts our communities in Wyoming. We benefit from learning and understanding from individuals who have personal experiences to share. These discussions have impacted how we educate students today and have had a powerful impact on those who have attended.”

CWC has its own American Indian Studies program, and the Institute of Tribal Learning, which offers education and leadership development, student support, and outreach to Native American scholars in the area.

The panel discussion will start at 5:30 p.m. in the library’s Ordway Auditorium, followed with a Q&A about past and present education on the Wind River Reservation. The evening is free.

This series is offered by Central Wyoming College’s Institute of Tribal Learning, theThinkWY/Wyoming Humanities and Teton County Library. Funded in part by the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and the Alan J. Hirschfield Family Foundation.

The series remaining schedule is below:

Education on the Wind River Reservation: Past and Present
Cultural and Equitable challenges
for Native Americans in Education
Monday, October 29th at 5:30 p.m. Reception, 6 p.m.
Talk/Discussion, followed by Q&A.

Presenters: Scotty Ratliff, author and Aide to US Senator Mike Enzi; Willie LeClair, member of the Eastern Shoshone tribe; Jacoby Hereford, Jr. and Sierra Ferris, current CWC Students; Marlin Spoonhunter, President of Wind River Tribal College; Willie Noseep, Former Vice Chairman of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and CWC Vice President.

Water Environmental Issues on the Wind
River Reservation
The Role of the Wind River Tribal
Community dealing with the changing environmental resources of Wyoming
Wednesday, November 14th at 5:30 p.m. Reception, 6 p.m.
Talk/Discussion, followed by Q&A.

Presenters: Mitch Cottenoir, Tribal Water Engineer; Preston Smith, Range Conservationist, Bureau of Indian Affairs; Gabe Spoonhunter; Jacki Klancher, CWC Professor of Environmental Health; Tarissa Spoonhunter, CWC Professor of American Indian Studies.

Community Partner:

Central Wyoming College

Central Wyoming College is a two-year college serving Fremont, Hot Springs and Teton Counties Our main campus is located in Riverton Wyoming and we have outreach centers in Lander, Jackson and Dubois, each designed

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