HISTORY

In 2003, the Interim Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education communicated to Governor Mike Rounds the need to establish an office within the Department of Education that would address the achievement gap disparity between Native American and non-Native American students in South Dakota. The office would also research and develop a plan to improve the educational outcomes for American Indian students across the state. To that end, a group of American Indian educators was gathered to formulate a plan of action for the re-establishment of the Office of Indian Education. That group served in an advisory capacity to the newly named Secretary of Education, Dr. Rick Melmer and would later develop into what is known today as the South Dakota Indian Education Advisory Council.

The current Office of Indian Education was legislatively established in 2007 through the South Dakota Indian Education Act. Below is a list of all individuals that served on behalf of Indian Education for the state of South Dakota.

• 1936 A Superintendent of Indian Education was first appointed in
    South Dakota according to South Dakota Historical Collections,
    Volume 19, pp 526 (unable to locate name of appointee).
• 1938 George C. Wells, Superintendent of Indian Education
• 1942 Leslie M. Keller, Superintendent of Indian Education
• 1948 F. R. Wanek, Director, Office of Indian Education
• 1950 John Artichoker, Jr., Director, Office of Indian Education
• 1960 Charles G. Geboe, Administrator, Office of Indian Education
• 1965 Jon C. Wade, Administrator, Office of Indian Education
• 1966 Kenneth Ross – Director, Office of Indian Education
• 1971 Vicki Dahl – Director, Office of Indian Education
• 1972 Miss Josie White Eagle, Consultant *Under the Division of Human
   Resource Development; in 1975 it was moved to Curriculum and
   Instructional Services
• 1980 Eugene Fracek, Consultant in 1984; division title change from
   Curriculum and Instructional Services to the Office of Instructional
   Services.
• 1990 Vacant
• 1991 Don Schanandore, Program Director – Division of Learning and
   Instruction
• 1992-2004 Vacant
• 2005-09 Keith Moore - Director, Office of Indian Education
• 2009 Stuart Zephier (interim) - Director, Office of Indian Education
• 2010 LuAnn Werdel - Director, Office of Indian Education
• 2011-12 Roger Campbell - Director, Office of Indian Education

CONTACT

Mato Standing High, Indian Education Director, (605) 280-7964
Marta Neuman, Administrative Assistant

South Dakota Department of Education, Office of Indian Education
800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
Telephone: (605) 773-8194