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2016 WIEA Conference

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel 4402 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference


21st Century Indigenous Education: A Self-Determined Pedagogy

Visit our conference website for more information as it becomes available!

Who Should Attend

Teachers, home-school coordinators, tutors, tribal education staff, administrators, college and university instructors, post-secondary students, middle and high school students, Elders, community members and others involved in American Indian Education are encouraged to attend.


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Crowne Plaza Hotel
4402 E Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53704
Ph: (608) 244-4703  |  1-800-404-7630
Location and Directions
Making Reservations: Booking website


William (Bill) Mendoza (invited) was appointed as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education in December 2011. Bill, Oglala-Sicangu Lakota, grew up on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Sioux reservations in South Dakota.

Bill has experienced, firsthand, through his professional and life experiences, the multitude of challenges facing American Indian students, educators, and tribes. In addition to being a teacher and principal, Bill has worked at the school, professional and community level to help foster leadership development and civic engagement among American Indians. Integral to his professional and academic capacity has been his experiences as a tribal college student at Haskell Indian Nations University, Sinte Gleska University, and Oglala Lakota College.

Bill previously served as the Deputy Director and Executive Director for the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges. Since his appointment in January 2011, he has provided leadership to key administration initiatives including: Executive Order 13592, Tribal Leaders Speak – The State of Indian Education 2010 Report; State-Tribal Education Partnership Pilot; and 2012 ED-DOI Memorandum of Understanding. Before coming to Washington, DC, Bill was working towards a Doctorate in Education Leadership at Montana State University (MSU). He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Fort Lewis College in 2005 and a Master of Education from MSU in 2010.


All proposed sessions must connect to the conference theme “21st Century Indigenous
Education: A Self-Determined Pedagogy.” Topics should relate to American Indian
education, keeping in mind that the audience will consist of educators, parents, students,
educational administrators and community members. Sessions can also be connected to the Wisconsin Teacher Standards if appropriate. Please indicate if the session is about a
commercial product. Sessions will be 60 minutes long and while attempts will be made to
accommodate time and date preferences, accepted presenters may need to be flexible.
Additionally, although some A/V equipment will be available, presenters are strongly
encouraged to bring their own.  Presenter/Workshop Proposal >>

All proposals will be reviewed and presenters will be contacted if the proposal is accepted by March 1, 2016. Please note that ALL presenters must register for the conference (registration includes one-year membership in WIEA).2016


Early bird registration rates for regular educator registrations have been extended until February 15, 2016.