Worlds Apart but not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All

Date: July 16-22, 2017
Location: Billings, Montana

Worlds Apart But Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All is designed for individuals and teams currently teaching or interested in teaching the Holocaust and/or the Montana-mandated Indian Education for All. Participating educators will have the opportunity to discover ways to make connections between these two topics. Sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), the seminar will explore the past, including the history of the Holocaust and the impact of U.S. policies on Native peoples in this country. The lens will also focus on the present, as participants consider the roles – perpetrator, ally, bystander – individuals choose for themselves in their daily interactions with one another, as well as the stereotypes and prejudices that continue to affect local schools and communities today. Educators will be asked to imagine the world they would like to live in and design an action plan to help their classroom, school and/or community move toward that ideal. Program highlights include guest speakers from Missoula’s Jewish community and the Native peoples of Montana.


Applications for 2017 are now closed. Please check the site again in the fall or be in touch with the seminar leaders for information about 2018 programs.


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  • Wendy Warren, Marcia Billedeaux Beaumont, and Brenda Johnston

    Since 2011, Wendy Zagray Warren has co-facilitated the Montana Satellite Seminar. After 29 years in K-16 education, she is now an independent writer and researcher. In addition to co-facilitating the Satellite Seminar, Marcia Billedeaux Beaumont is a school counselor at Lewis & Clark Middle School in Billings. She is currently on the leadership team of the Elk River Writing Project at Montana State University-Billings and specializes in Indian Education for All (IEFA) and social justice teaching. A member of the Blackfeet Tribe, Marcia commutes to school from her home on the Crow Reservation. She is in her 35th year as an Indian educator. Brenda Johnston grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation and has taught there for over 20 years. She credits the Montana Writing Project with bringing new life to her teaching and paving her way to Holocaust education. Bringing Indian Education for All to students and teachers is her passion. (To learn more about Brenda, go here.)


For more information about The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI), please contact

TOLI is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)