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Indian Education Summit to feature hip-hop artist Supaman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

CONTACT: Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, 605-773-7228, mary.stadicksmith@state.sd.us or

Ruth Raveling, South Dakota Department of Education, 605-773-2593, ruth.raveling@state.sd.us


Indian Education Summit to feature hip-hop artist Supaman


PIERRE, S.D. – Native American hip-hop artist Supaman (Christian Takes Gun Parrish) will perform and deliver a keynote address at the 2018 South Dakota Indian Education Summit to be held Sept. 23-25, at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre. The artist is an Apsaalooke Nation member from Montana. He has won numerous music awards and tours extensively in the United States and abroad.


Part of the summit will be an in-depth, day-long training on how to implement the  Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards in South Dakota classrooms, facilitated by Dr. Scott Simpson and Sharla Steever, along with classroom teachers and Native American elders. The training will include time for collaboration and lesson planning.


A pre-conference session led by SDSU Extension will focus on the historical significance of Native American traditional games, with training on using the games in schools and communities.


This annual summit will include a variety of specialized sessions and cultural activities, as well as the second annual Youth Day, featuring student-focused programming. Motivational speaker Jace Pratt, of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, will also deliver a keynote address at the summit, focused on how a peaceful environment helps students learn.


To learn more and register, visit http://tie.events/ies/.