Mark your calendar for the 24th Annual American Indian Education Day and Wacipi on Saturday, April 27, from 1-6 p.m. at Osseo Middle School.
This lively, free event features artisan exhibits, demonstrations, Native American dance, food and more. Attendees can experience North America’s rich indigenous history by visiting with educators and community members whose task is to infuse Native American education and culture into all subject areas. A special ceremony to honor local American Indian graduating seniors will be held at 2 p.m.
Educators are encouraged to attend the event to receive a free curriculum booklet on Minnesota Native American history and culture, as well as personalized support for incorporating new material into existing lesson plans in accordance with state standards.
The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Osseo Middle School is located at 10223 93rd Ave. N, Osseo.
Additionally, the Oyáte Language Bowl will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., also at Osseo Middle School on April 27, and will bring Očhéthi Šakówiŋ people together to use the Dakota language to strengthen families, communities and language. The Dakota language is critically endangered with only two first-language speakers born and raised in Minnesota Dakota speaking communities. This event raises awareness and encourages communities to do all they can to reverse the trend of language loss.
Photo: Drum and Dance performers at the 2019 Indian Education Teaching and Learning Gathering in January.