Registration for the 2020 WIEA Conference Indigenous STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math is now open!

The conference planning committee has been meeting regularly and is busy organizing the biggest event of the year for the organization.

This year the conference theme is INDIGENOUS STEAM: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART & MATH. Building on advancements in science, technology and engineering, the conference will feature a line-up of powerful keynote speakers who have established themselves as leaders in their respective fields.

Conference planning committee chairwoman Brittany LaMere is hopeful the conference location will make this the biggest conference in the organization’s 34-years.

“We thought that Milwaukee would be a great place to host the conference, and what better place than Potawatomi Hotel & Casino,” said LaMere. “There’s a big Native presence in the city and we are going to bring the best of Indian education to the traditional homelands of the Potawatomi, Ho Chunk and Menominee people,” said LaMere in reference to the tribal nations that called the area home prior to Wisconsin becoming a state.

In addition to the conference programming at the casino, there will be a Youth Day track held at Indian Community School in Franklin on Friday, April 17. This includes youth activities and conference pow-wow later that same evening at the school.

“We are presently accepting presenter proposals for individuals or groups wanting to share their work at the conference,” said LaMere. “The deadline for workshop/presenter proposals is Friday, February 28.”

LaMere says the committee is also accepting nominations for WIEA annual awards.

“If you have a person who you believe is making a difference in Native education or the lives of Native students, we hope you’ll take a few minutes to nominate them,” added LaMere.

The awards will be presented at the annual awards banquet on Saturday, April 18th to close out the conference.

“We hope to see everyone at this year’s conference – there really is something for everyone – Native culture, language and of course, education!”
Don’t forget, your WIEA annual membership fee is included in your paid conference registration. Join Native Wisconsin’s biggest and most active American Indian education organization in their ongoing effort to strengthen the future of American Indian students!

Conference registration link:

Make sure you register early for this year’s conference to receive early bird pricing! Early bird rates end on Friday, February 21st!

Conference participants are encouraged to stay at Potawatomi Hotel at the significantly reduced rate of $109 per night. Make sure to use the following conference code WIE04162020 when you book your room online! You can visit the Potawatomi Hotel website here.

Conference rates are as follows:

  • Adult full conference Early bird rate $300 ($350 after Feb. 21)
  • Students 10-18 yrs/College Student Early bird rate $200
  • Elders & Veterans rate $150
  • Awards Banquet only $35
  • Organization Group Early bird rate (groups of 6 or more) $275 ($300 after February 21)

click here to register now!

Call for Presenter Proposals

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association’s 2020 Conference Planning Committee has officially opened the Call for Workshop/Presentation Proposals. Any individual or organization wishing to facilitate a workshop or presentation at the 2020 Conference titled, “Indigenous STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math“, can submit their proposals by clicking here. All workshops/presentations should either reflect the conference theme or be connected to Native language, culture and history.

The deadline for this year’s Workshop/Presenter Proposals is February 28, 2020.

We look forward to hearing from all of our prospective workshop facilitators and presenters!

Youth Art Contest Announced!

The 2020 WIEA Conference Planning Committee has announced the details for the Youth Art Contest! This year’s conference titled Indigenous STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math, will be held April 16-18, 2020, at the Potawatomi Hotel Casino in Milwaukee, WI.

The Youth Art Contest is open to all Native American and Alaskan Native students grades 4th – 12th living in Wisconsin.

All submissions must include the proper release and submission forms. You may view and download the contest rules and application form here: Youth Art Rules & Contest Application.

Submissions should reflect the conference theme. There are two placesL 1st and 2nd place. 1st place will receive $150 and 2nd will receive $50. Winning submission will be used in conference logo and marketing materials, including conference program.

We look forward to seeing your submissions and good luck!

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association is a 501C3 non-profit organization that relies solely on donations, sponsorship and volunteers. The annual conference is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization. If you or your company or organization would like to sponsor this year’s conference, your monetary donation is tax deductible and goes to support Native students, educators and their mission to strengthen Indian education in Wisconsin.

Take a look at some of the sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Conference by clicking here. You can view our conference profile and learn more by clicking here.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at our annual conference or one of our other great events!