1st Student's Major

Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs

1st Student's College


Students' Professional Biography

Kiley Theede and Maggie Looft are students in the Department of Educational Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Mentor's Name

Elizabeth Sandell

Mentor's Email Address


Mentor's Department

Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Mentor's College



This project was designed to collect and to share information in order to better prepare teachers of Native students. This study involved five in-depth, in-person interviews with Dakota and Lakota elders between 40 and 70 years old. Elders provided reflections on experiences of past generations, on their own educational experiences, on the preferred learning methods of Native students, and on their visions for teachers‟ practices and influences on Native children. Through grounded theory, data analysis was conducted to identify themes. Stories and comments from elders were organized around those themes. Future studies might include use of the videotaped interviews in MSU courses for future teachers and evaluating attitude shifts among the viewers.

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