The Wyoming State legislature has passed a bill that will require all state schools social studies standards to ensure the cultural heritage, history and contemporary contributions of American Indians are included.
House Bill 76 also requires that the Wyoming Department of Education works with Tribe’s in the development of the curriculum.
Wyoming becomes the third state to require the teaching of Native American history, culture, contemporary issues and Tribal governance into school curriculum following Montana and Washington State.
“Indian Education for All” Legislation Enacted
On March 10, 2017, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed House Bill 76/House Enrolled Act 119, which aims to educate all Wyoming students about American Indian tribes of the region, including the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes.
As a result, the State Board of Education is tasked with reviewing Wyoming’s social studies standards to ensure the cultural heritage, history and contemporary contributions of American Indians are addressed.
Additionally, the law requires the Wyoming Department of Education, in consultation with the tribes, to make available materials and resources on the agency’s web site to assist school districts in meeting social studies benchmarks relating to the study of American Indian tribes.
Periodic updates on the process of reviewing the standards and development of materials will be posted on this site.
Native American Liaison
Wind River Education Project
By Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle- Lakota)