Kansas Association for Native American Education (KANAE)

The Kansas Association for Native American Education (KANAE) is a professional organization of advocates for Native American, First Nations, and/or Indigenous students across the state of Kansas. The organization was created to address the need for growth and greater visibility of Indigenous people, nations, and perspectives in and across the educational environments in our state, and beyond. This includes prioritizing Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in our mainstream educational settings. Kansas sits upon the Indigenous lands of several Native nations, and is currently the home of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation, and Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska. It is important that we keep the perspectives and knowledges of these nations visible within our educational systems.

Our mission, then, is to support, promote and advocate for the unique educational needs of American Indian/Alaska Native students, families, nations, and educators in Kansas. We provide quality services, events, information and tools for our stakeholders to build a strong communication network which spreads best practices and Indigenous knowledges throughout the state.


Are you interested in becoming part of our KANAE advocacy network? This will allow you to connect with other American Indian educators across the state and region, and help you connect with knowledgeable professionals in various Indian education contexts who might be able to assist you in your own local advocacy work.

Membership is currently FREE – please register here so that you can receive information about upcoming events, as well as connect with KANAE members across the state and region. We look forward to working with you!


Educator Workshop: Improving Education for, about, and with Indigenous Peoples of Kansas

In partnership with the American Society of Ethnohistory
KU Memorial Union – Lawrence, KS - September 10, 2022

This workshop is for Kansas Educators looking to improve their understanding of Indigenous Peoples/American Indians, and help them consider ways to better represent American Indians in curricula, lesson and unit planning. Participants will hear from a variety of Indigenous educators and leaders relevant to Kansas, and will also have time to workshop with presenters and facilitators to explore new ideas.

KANAE Fall Business Meeting

KANAE’s Fall Business Meeting will be held in conjunction with the K-State Indigenous Peoples Day Event.

Land Acknowledgement Toolkit


Kansas-Nebraska Indian Education Study and Community Building Project Summary

A collaboration between the Kansas Association for Native American Education (KANAE) and the Nebraska Indian Education Association (NeIEA)

Executive Director
Alex Red Corn (Osage)
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Coordinator for Indigenous Partnerships, Co-Chair of the K-State Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance (IFSA)

Associate Executive Director
Melissa M. Peterson, MPH Diné (Navajo)
Director of Tribal Relations
University Academic Support Centers