Meet the Presenters for our Spring Conference!

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 is a Masters of Education candidate 2015 with a focus on Teacher Leadership. She has coordinated and directed the Success for the Future grant for ISD279 Osseo Area School District to enhance the cultural identity of the Native American child and promote post secondary options. Her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of two children, Jillian and Reuben. She 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.”

Dr. Rev Hillstrom’s undergraduate studies in Music and American Indian Studies at Augsburg College gave rise to his Masters’ studies at Bethel University in Ethnomusicology and eventually lead to a Doctorate in Teaching and Learning from the University of Minnesota. His indigenous worldview, artistic talents and sincere generosity engage students of all ages and abilities at their very core, challenging students to grow in their understanding of who they are, and what their relationship is with the world around them. As a leader for educational excellence and equity Dr. Hillstrom currently serves Osseo Area Schools as the Director of the Office of Educational Equity. He also has helped to promote educational excellence and equity by serving with regional and national organizations including the Minnesota Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Global Learning Advisory Board for the Minnesota Department of Education, the Minnesota Educational Equity Partnership, the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation and is a consultant for the Pacific Educational Group and World Savvy. Dr. Hillstrom’s recent work includes presentations at several national conferences and the publication of his book Educational Settings Impact on Minnesota American Indian Academic Proficiency.