Center for Indian Country Development: Early Childhood Development Programs in Indian Country


Please join the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) on October 5 and 6, for rich discussions highlighting scientific research and successful early child development programs in Indian country. We also will share strategies to elevate early childhood development as a policy priority in Indian country and sustain funding.

To broaden perspectives and promote collaboration, the CICD encourages attendance of small teams from American Indian and Alaska Native communities consisting of leaders of early childhood development programs and tribal government representatives, tribal leaders, or elders. Also attending will be non-profit organizations and government agencies that manage funding and technical assistance for early childhood development initiatives in Indian country.

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Brooke Ammann, Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School
  • Kathleen Annette, Blandin Foundation
  • Josie Chase, Oglala Lakota College
  • Terry Cross, National Indian Child Welfare Association
  • Jackie Dionne, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Barb Fabre, White Earth Band of Chippewa
  • Anita Fineday, Casey Family Programs – Indian Child Welfare Program
  • Michael Goze, American Indian Community Development Corporation
  • Megan Gunnar, University of Minnesota
  • Matthew Rama, Thunder Valley CDC – Lakota Immersion Childcare
  • Art Rolnick, University of Minnesota
  • Betty Jane Schaaf, Wicoie Nandagikendan Early Childhood Urban Immersion Program
  • Linda Smith, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Anton Treuer, Bemidji State University
  • Lori Watso, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
  • Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, American Indian College Fund
  • Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, University of New Mexico (invited)

In addition, the conference includes sessions to facilitate networking and idea sharing through roundtable discussions.

There is no charge for this “invitation only” event; conference registration is requiredPlease register early as space is limited.

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