Education took center stage in Rapid City Thursday for the 35th annual Lakota Nation Education Conference.
The conference is one of the largest education events held in South Dakota and offers many different speakers and booths pertaining to education.
One area of importance is Impact Aid, a program South Dakota public schools rely on, said John Forkenbrock, executive director of National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) . In the last couple of weeks congress has been trying to work out an agreement to ensure this program and others be funded at the same level in fiscal year 2014. "My job is to pretty much update folks on what's going on and as I said before, let them know that FY (fiscal year) 14 will be a better year than they've had before," said Forkenbrock. "They've had to make a lot of cuts in terms of programs like maintenance and other types of things so we're looking forward to the school year we currently in to make it be better for them than the past." This year there are more than 156 presentations that will be held through Saturday.
Most of the events will be held at the Ramkota.