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Kansas Association for Native American
Education (KANAE)

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The Kansas Association for Native American Education (KANAE) is a professional organization of advocates for Native American, First Nations, and/or Indigenous students across the state of Kansas. The organization was created to address the need for growth and greater visibility of Indigenous people, nations, and perspectives in and across the educational environments in our state, and beyond. This includes prioritizing Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in our mainstream educational settings. Kansas sits upon the Indigenous lands of several Native nations, and is currently the home of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation, and Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska. It is important that we keep the perspectives and knowledges of these nations visible within our educational systems.

Our mission, then, is to support, promote and advocate for the unique educational needs of American Indian/Alaska Native students, families, nations, and educators in Kansas. We provide quality services, events, information and tools for our stakeholders to build a strong communication network which spreads best practices and Indigenous knowledges throughout the state.

Spring Meeting – April 12, 2019

Alvin Morris Administrative Center (Wichita Public Schools)
903 S. Edgemoor, Wichita, KS 67218

Use Zoom to join the meeting

  • 9:45 a.m. – Introductions
  • 10:00–10:50 a.m. –
    Panel: Wichita Area Indian Education Advocates and Stakeholders
    • Discussion Leader: Dal Domebo - Title VI, Program Lead
    • Michelle Conine - Mid-America All Indian Center, Education Director
    • Newman Washington - Native American Community Resource Coalition, Chair
    • Vonnie Long - Hunter Health, Patient Services Director
    • Dr. Stacy Jones - Newman Native American Scholars Program
  • 11:00–11:50 a.m. –
    Discussion: Kansas and Nebraska Indian Education Study
    • What data needs to be collected?
    • What data is already being collected?
  • 12:00–12:50 p.m. – Lunch
    Updates from Key Leaders in Indian Education 
    • Phil Gover – Update on Sovereign Schools Project and the Sovereign Community School opening in Oklahoma City
    • Jacob Tsotigh – Update from the National Indian Education Association (NIEA)
    • Quinton Roman Nose – Update from the Tribal Education Department's National Assembly (TEDNA)
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. – Business Meeting
  • 2:00 p.m. – Adjourn


Are you interested in becoming part of our KANAE advocacy network? This will allow you to connect with other American Indian educators across the state and region, and help you connect with knowledgeable professionals in various Indian education contexts who might be able to assist you in your own local advocacy work. 

Membership is currently FREE – please register here so that you can receive information about upcoming events, as well as connect with KANAE members across the state and region. We look forward to working with you!

Executive Director
Alex Red Corn (Osage)

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Coordinator for Indigenous Partnerships, Co-Chair of the K-State Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance (IFSA)

Associate Executive Director
Jennifer Attocknie (Comanche)

Lawrence Public Schools Coordinator for Native American Student Services (NASS)


Congratulations to Carole Cadue-Blackwood, recently received 2018 NIEA Parent of the Year Award

KANAE Fall 2018 Meeting to be held after KSU Indigenous Peoples Day Gathering – October 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m., K-State Student Union

May 4th, 2018 – KANAE Votes to re-formalize the organization during meeting at Lawrence Public Schools