The goal of the Society of INdigenous Educators is to increase opportunities for American Indian students enrolled in the Teacher Preparation Program at Montana State University.  By providing academic, personal, career, and financial support and guidance to our American Indian students we are contributing to the recruitment, retention, graduation, and placement of American Indian teachers and improving the diversity of the k-12 teaching corps.

Montana Needs More American Indian Teachers

American Indians constitute 6.6% (data) of the total population, 14.7% (data) of the k-12 student population, and currently only 2.3% (data) of the k-12 teachers in our state. SINE aims to increase these numbers by recruiting American Indian students for our Teacher Preparation Program. We are helping our American Indian students to make a more successful transition from student to beginning teacher.

Services SINE Offers

We offer financial support to our students in the way of stipends to offset the additional costs students incur, and to lessen the hardship from not being able to work during the semesters when education majors need to complete intensive practica as well as during their student teaching assignments. The Society of INdigenous Educators covers the costs related to:

Presentations at Conferences:

  • Montana Federation of Public Employees
  • Indain Education for All Best Practices
  • Montana Indian Education Association
  • National Indian Education Association
  • The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education

Support for: 

  • Practica & Student Teaching
  • Finger Printing
  • Background Checks
  • Praxis Exams
  • Travel Student Grants





October 13, 2018 

Ndn enough to be tokenized, too Ndn to Teach



Billings,MT October 2018

Indian enough to be tokenized, too Indian to Teach



 April 4, 2018, Billings
Storytelling: A Fundamental Approach to Establishing and Nurturing Classroom Relationships


12th Annual Indian Education for All (IEFA): Best Practices Conference

March 4-5, 2018 Helena, MT

MT Indians 101 Mini Institute


MEA/MFT 2017

October 19-20, 2017  Missoula, MT

Future Educators Speak Out 

MSU Indian Education for All Professional Development Workshop

October 26, 2017

SINE Members

SINE members revisit their experience at the World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education (WIPCE) in Toronto in July.During their panel presentation, SINE Members will cover: how they came to present at WIPCE, what it meant to be the only undergraduate presenters at WIPCE, how this experience will impact their teaching careers.                      

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World Indigenous People's Conference on Education 

Toronto, Canada July 24-29, 2017

SINE presented “Barriers, Roadblocks, and Obstacles: American Indian Future Educators Share Thier Stories"

WIPCE breakdown of submissions--wipce2017.com


11th Annual Indian Education for All (IEFA): Best Practices Conference

 February 19-21, 2017 Helena, MT

Assisted in Mike Jetty's Indian 101 Mini-Institute 


International Conference on Learning, Teaching, and Student Success

November 3-5, 2016 Hosted by Montana State University

ICLTSS'16 Conference Program Book--Presentation Description, Page 27

niea 2016

Members presenting at the 2016 NIEA Conference in Reno. 

National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Convention

October 5-9,2016 Reno, NV

American Indian students from MSU share educational experiences at national convention--Article 2016


10th Annual Indian Education for All (IEFA): Best Practices Conference

 February 21-23, 2016  Billings, MT

Assisted in Mike Jetty's Indian 101 Mini-Institute 


National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Convention

October 14-18, 2015  Portland, OR


Department of Education Presentation

April 14, 2015  MSU-Bozeman, MT

Wanji Oyate

Members presenting at the 2015 MIEA Conference in Billings


Montana Indian Education for All (MIEA) 

April 9-12, 2015  Billingsm MT    



October 16-18, 2014  Missoula, MT


Members attended the East Glacier Traditional Games Workshops during the Summer 2015 and Summer 2016 sessions. With support from Western Washington University's K-12 STUDY CANADA Program, students attending these sessions created this brochure on Traditional Games. 


To join SINE or for more information contact us: 

Jioanna Carjuzaa, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor, Society of INdigenous Educators
 (406) 994-4941
[email protected]

  • Executive Director, Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Facilitator for Indian Education for All Professional Development
  • Co-Advisor, American Indian Council
  • Recipient of 2013 G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator of the Year Award

Alisha Fisher
Student Advisor, Society of INdigenous Educators
(406) 451-3376
[email protected]

  • K-12 Art Education graduate Class of 2016
  • BFA studios graduate Class of 2018
  • A current Graduate student in the NAS department