MARQUETTE – The 10th annual Upper Peninsula Indian Educators’ Conference will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Don H. Bottum University Center at Northern Michigan University. This year’s theme is “Engaging American Indian Youth in the Classroom and Beyond.”

            The conference is designed for teachers, principals, counselors and other school system staff who work on a regular basis with American Indian students and their families. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required by Monday, Feb. 13.

            Patrick Russell LeBeau will be the keynote speaker. He is the former director of the American Indian studies program and current professor of American thought and language at Michigan State University. LeBeau teaches composition and Native American studies. He is the author of Rethinking Michigan Indian History and Stands Alone, Faces and Other Poems. LeBeau received his doctorate from the University of Michigan.

            The U.P. Indian Educators’ Conference is presented by the NMU Center for Native American Studies and the NMU College Day Program, a King*Chavez*Parks initiative, with support from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. For more information or to register, contact the Center for Native American Studies at (906) 227-1397.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director