Teaching Bdote: Tools for Teaching American Indian Content

Teaching Bdote: Tools for Teaching American Indian Content

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | $75*

*Includes 4 clock hours for educators, lunch, and materials. If cost is a barrier, please contact Jessica Rust before registering.


Are you an educator who has been on the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Bdote trip? Thinking about sharing the experience with your students but unsure how to do this on your own? Join other educators who want to share their learning with students in an interactive workshop. We will address the fears and anxieties that non-indigenous educators may have around teaching Dakota content. You will leave with new resources and content, deeper understanding, and the beginnings of an action plan to bring your students on a Bdote trip or to bring the experience into your classroom.

This workshop, offered in collaboration with Saint Paul Public Schools, is perfect for educators who have attended, or are planning to attend, Learning From Place: Bdote. This is an especially helpful workshop if you are looking for unique classroom content to align with Minnesota State Social Studies Standards.

Haven’t been on a Bdote trip yet? There’s still time. Registration is open for the Sept. 13 and Sept. 21 trips.

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  • Ramona Kitto Stately, scholar for Learning from Place: Bdote
  • Ethan Neerdaels, scholar for Learning from Place: Bdote
  • Sherry Kempf, Saint Paul Public Schools’ Center for Equity and Culture

Ramona Kitto Stately

Ramona Kitto Stately is an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Nation. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dakota Art and Culture, and a Master of Arts in Education with a focus on teacher leadership. She has coordinated and directed Indian Education for the Osseo Area School District since 2005. Ramona is the mother of two adult children and is an accomplished artist who makes plains style moccasins. She believes that this is not only a traditional shoe covering, but a representation of the path we choose to walk in this life. She says, “As indigenous people today, we have to walk in two worlds and be successful in both. If we use our Native identity and traditional values as a foundation, we can walk forward into the future with confidence and success.”

Ethan Neerdaels

Ethan Neerdaels — Bdewakantunwan Dakota – In 2012 he was a Minnesota Historical Society History Museum Fellow as well as an American Indian History Museum Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in American Indian Studies and a focus on the Dakota language, where he also was a teaching assistant of the beginning and intermediate Dakota language classes. He was the storyteller for the 2013 Shakopee Mdewakanton Community Wacipi. He recently began writing for Maḳóc̣e Etáη Yaóṭaηiη, a seasonal Dakota language publication. He is committed to the renewal of Dakota language and lifeways as well as the recovery of a Dakota land base.

Sherry Kempf

Sherry Kempf Kempf has been a teacher in Saint Paul Public Schools for 26 years. She currently serves as the coordinator for the Center for Equity and Culture, where she coordinates the Bdote Learning Experience. Over the last seven years she has worked with teachers to bring over 7000 students on Bdote field trips.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend an event, a substitute may take your place at no additional cost (you are responsible for making financial arrangements with your substitute), or you may request a refund. Email golden@mnhum.org to submit the name of the substitute or to request a refund.


  • Cancellations received more than 10 days before the event will incur a 20% cancellation fee
  • Cancellations received between five and 10 days before the event will incur a 50% cancellation fee
  • We are unable to provide refunds for registrations cancelled less than five days before the event

The cancellation fees cover the cost of event materials, meals, and other related arrangements. In the event that MHC cancels your workshop, you will receive a 100% refund. Refunds will be issued within five business days of cancellation notice.