MARQUETTE, Mich.— The 14th annual Upper Peninsula Indian Education Conference will be held at Northern Michigan University from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, in the University Center. It is designed for those who work with K-12 American Indian students and their families, teach American Indian topics or simply want to learn more. There is no cost to attend and no advance registration is required.

Keynote presenters will be McClellan Hall, founder and executive director of the National Indian Youth Leadership Program (NIYLP), and Keith Secola, award-winning musician and board member of the NIYLP. Hall has more than 30 years of experience in youth development. He has also served as a teacher and principal of two tribal schools. Secola, a seven-time Native American Music Awards winner, will address how music can help Indian students achieve. He will also perform a free concert in conjunction with the UNITED Conference at NMU at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms.

The U.P. Indian Educators Conference is presented by the NMU Center for Native American Studies, the GEAR UP/College Day Program, the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professor Initiative, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement to implement a Teacher Training program as part of the Excellence in Economic Education Program. Additional support was provided by the NMU Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship.

For more information or to register, contact the Center for Native American Studies at 227-1397 or visit www.nmu.edu/cnas.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director