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On this webpage, you will find a variety of national and academic resources about educational and other factors that impact American Indian/Alaska Native students, families, communities and tribal nations. Additionally, you will find links to dedicated search engines that will facilitate finding other resources.
Teaching and Learning Wisconsin American Indian Studies
The resources included on this webpage have been selected to illustrate ways in which teachers can integrate and infuse Wisconsin American Indian Studies content into their instruction and practice. The information from each of these resources can be woven into a school district’s curriculum through a balanced, comprehensive and aligned framework adaptable to local circumstances.
The annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute is an active, highly participatory, week-long workshop designed to increase participants’ understanding of issues related to the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities in Wisconsin.
American Indian Studies Program
The American Indian Studies Program exists primarily to assist with the implementation of the curricular requirements in the areas of American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty. The program is also responsible for American Indian Language and Culture Education.
2012 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums
June 4, 2012 – June 7, 2012
2012 Annual Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW) Conference
June 11, 2012 – June 13, 2012
2nd Annual Bureau of Indian Affairs Midwest Region “Partners in Action” Conference
June 26, 2012 – June 28, 2012
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Any school enrolling American Indian students may choose to establish an American Indian Language and Culture Education (AILCE) Program designed to make the curriculum more relevant to the needs, interests, and cultural heritage of American Indian students. Components may include instruction in language, literature, history, and culture; staff training; and vocational education. Such programs must have a parental advisory committee. Additional information on AILCE program requirements is found in Wis. Stats. Ch. 115, Subch.
Below you will find a select series of resources that can be used to incorporate American Indian Studies into classroom instruction, regardless of the content area. The bibliographies include materials divided by foundational American Indian Studies resources for elementary, middle and high school levels, as well as research materials.
Wisconsin Act 31 or American Indian Studies refers to the requirement that all public school districts provide instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities. Thus, the references mentioning Wisconsin Act 31 or American Indian Studies in the context of education are likely referring to the state statutes listed below.