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Comment invited Tuesday on new Indian ed standards

Jan 11, 2018 From staff reports

Community members are invited to give input on state social studies standards during a meeting next week in Riverton.

The public discussion will focus primarily on American Indian cultural information that will be included in the state's social studies curriculum due to a legislative mandate passed down last year.

A group of Wyoming educators and local tribal members met in Riverton late last year to discuss the revisions.

The coming community meeting, which is scheduled to be held 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the Carnegie Room at the Riverton Branch Library, 1330 W. Park Ave., will provide attendees with an update on that committee's work.

Residents also will be able to comment on the progress of the standards before the committee meets again later this month.

Following brief presentations by committee members, participants will visit with WDE staff and committee members in small groups. Afterward, elders and community members will be invited to share their thoughts with the entire group.

In previous reports, committee member and Fremont County School District 38 (Arapahoe) 21st Century Community Learning Center coordinator Teresa HisChase said it is important that the new social studies standards be developed with input from tribal members.

"This is our opportunity to give an accurate account of who we are and where we came from," she said in an e-mail to The Ranger. "Our own histories need to be taught by us, in all schools across America."

In the same report, another committee member, Lynette St. Clair, the Shoshone culture and language teacher at Wyoming Indian schools, said, "We want our work to be reflective of our community's input, and our voice."

Once the committee has finished its work, the group's recommendations will go to the Wyoming State Board of Education, and that group will outline the next steps in the process to include the revisions in the social studies standards, according to previous reports.

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