Posted: Feb 8, 2011 5:09 PM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)
Updated: Feb 8, 2011 6:05 PM
Teachers from across Montana gathered in Helena for a conference to discuss Indian education.
An estimated 200 educators gathered to talk about how to improve and share knowledge of Native American issues.
They watched a PBS film called "Summer Sun, Winter Moon." The film is aimed at encouraging different perspectives of textbook history such as the stories and acceptance of Lewis & Clark.
Teresa Veltkamp, an Indian education specialist with the MT Office of Public Instruction, noted, "Historically we had a lot of misinformation or a lack of information about American Indians. And that's something that we're able to remedy now through our 'Indian Education For All' education funding that we received in 2005. So we're really learning to be better neighbors."
This was the fifth annual Indian education conference sponsored by the Office of Public Instruction.