Governor approved the addition of Native American History/Culture in Wyoming school curriculum

ESBC Member Leslie Shakespeare was a speaker at the dedication of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe's Business Park north of Riverton earlier this year. Photo h/t Ernie Over

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Eastern Shoshone Business Council Member and Tribal Liaison Leslie Shakespeare reported last week that Governor Matt Mead had approved additions to Wyoming’s Social Studies Content and Performance Standards. The bill, also known as Indian Education for All,  passed the last legislative session. The bill requires the history, traditional culture and contemporary contributions of Wyoming and regional Native American tribes to be included in those standards, Shakespear said in a social media post. “The governor’s approval was the final step toward adopting the new standards and concludes a 15-month process,” he reported.

All school districts must fully implement the standards by the 2021-22 school year.

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