Native Skywatchers 2014

Mon. & Tues June 23-24 at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
Thurs. & Fri  June 26-27 at St. Cloud State University

Native Skywatchers Educators & Everyone Workshop:
Ojibwe & D(L)akota Star Knowledge

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Sponsored by: 
NASA/MN Space Grant & St. Cloud State University in collaboration with Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College.

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Purpose:  The Native Skywatchers Middle School Teacher Workshop is designed for all educators & persons interested in increasing their knowledge of Ojibwe and D(L)akota Star Knowledge.  Included in the workshop are multiple hands-on activities so participants will be able to experience the culture and the science in the most authentic and meaningful way possible. 

Who Should Attend:  K-16 educators; students in teacher training programs; those involved with the education of American Indian students including classroom teachers, teacher aides, curriculum specialists, library media specialists, guidance counselors, home-school coordinators, Title IX/JOM coordinators and administrators; tribal education staff; college and university faculty, staff and administrators; and all others interested.

Click here for More Information on: Native Skywatchers Research & Programming



Annette Lee
(Lead Facilitator & Organizer)

Carl Gawboy

Carl Gawboy


William Wilson

Jeff Tibbetts

Jeff Tibbetts

Jim Rock

Jim Rock

Charlene O’Rourke

Charlene O’Rourke

Registration Information:  Cost is $65 per person. Registration fees include a notebook, copies of Native Skywatchers curricula CD, Ojibwe & D(L)akota star map  for classroom use, and other print materials. Continental breakfasts, snacks, lunches and a traditional meal are also included. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, transportation, and meals other than those provided.


Teachers Continuing Education Credit (CEU) - The Native Skywatchers (NSW) Workshop will provide teachers with 16 CEU's for participation in the entire workshop.
A 2014 certificate of NSW completion indicating 16 CEU's will be issued on The American Indian Center Letterhead according to Minnesota Rule 8710.7200,


Special needs:  Please call American Indian Center (at 320-308-5449) if you require an ASL interpreter or other special accommodations. (Note that special hotel room accommodations must be made directly with the hotel when you reserve your room).


Lodging:  Participants are responsible for their own lodging.

For Questions Contact:

Annette S. Lee
Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Physics
Native Skywatchers Director & SCSU Planetarium Director
St. Cloud State University
Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science Dept.

Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, Director
American Indian Center
Telephone: 320-308-5447
Email: jkolodzne@stcloudstate.edu


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Native Skywatchers Presentations by Annette S. Lee:

2014 (will be updated soon...)

2013 Sept – Minnesota Indigenous Language Symposium, Native Skywatchers – Ojibwe Giizhig Anung Masinaaigan & Makoce Wicanhpi Wowapi – Ojibwe & Dakota Sky Star Maps, Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia & Grotto Foundation, Prior Lake, MN

2013 July – Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), Ensuring STEM Literacy, Native Skywatchers Makoce Wicanhpi Wowapi D(L)akota Star Maps, Building Community Around Native Star Knowledge (workshop), Seeing the Skies through Native Eyes with Digital Planetariums (panel), San Jose, CA 

2013 July – The Qigong Connection-Inviting the Future Symposium, Native Skywatchers Presentations, Carondelet Center, St. Paul, MN

2013 June – Mobile Laboratory Coalition Conference, Native Skywatchers Presentation, St. Cloud State Univ., St. Cloud, MN

2013 Apr. - Native Skywatchers, Invited Talk & Workshop, Multi-Cultural Center, University of California Berkeley, CA 

2013 Mar – Native Skywatchers, Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud, MN 

2013 Feb – Native Skywatchers, Manoomin Winter Camp, Fond du Lac, Clouquet, MN 

2013 Jan. – Native Skywatchers, Power in Diversity Conference, St. Cloud MN 

2012 Nov. – The Red Star (Anpetu Luta), The Women’s Star (I’kwe Anung) and Venus:  Lakota, Ojibwe , and Other Indigenous Star Knowledge, Science in Society, Berkeley, CA 

2012 Oct. – Native Skywatchers – Ojibwe and D(L)akota Star Maps, Great Lakes Planetarium Association Conference, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania 

2012 Aug. – Native Skywatchers Ojibwe Star Map – Building Community Around the Native Star Knowledge, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (APS), Tucson, Arizona 

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Apr. 12, 2011

University of Minnesota - Morris, Feb. 25, 2011

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Feb. 16, 2011

University of Minnesota - Duluth Planetarium, Jan. 28, 2011

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Apr. 27, 2010

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Mar. 30, 2010

St. Cloud State University Planetarium, Nov. 19, 2010

Fond du Lac Tribal Center - 13 Moons, Nov. 12, 2010





































































You're invited to...

Native Skywatchers - Reach for the Art in the Sky

  • Art Show
  • Art workshops
  • Anyone can submit artwork for the show that conveys your connection to the Stars!

Join us at the Duluth Art Institute.

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Native Skywatchers - Art Show at the Duluth Art Institute:

May 1 to Aug 31, 2014.

Hope to see you there!


More Native Skywatchers Art Programming coming soon....

Join us. Join the fun!


News: The Native Skywatchers team is presenting this work at the World Indigenous People's Conference on Education, May 19-14, 2014 Honolulu, Hawaii


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the Bush Foundation

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