American Indian Studies Program

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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.

Program staff:

2015-2016 Applications for American Indian Language Revitalization Grants


The 2015-2017 biennial budget reauthorized American Indian Language Revitalization grants, and appropriated $222,800 to be distributed on a competitive basis to public school districts or CESAs who partner with a tribal government.  Funds may be used for activities related to providing instruction in one or more tribal languages as curricular or co-curricular offerings, such as curriculum design, creation of appropriate assessment instruments, professional development activities, language related activities for parents and community members, instructional delivery, and program evaluation.

Application materials can be downloaded here and are due Friday, September 4, 2015.  The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction anticipates issuing eight to twelve grant awards of up to $35,000.  Consortium applications may exceed these projected amounts.

For more information, please contact:

Connie Haas, Office Operations Associate
American Indian Studies Program
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707
(608) 267-9267

Upcoming Events

September 2015

International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums
September 10, 2015 - September 12, 2015
Washington, District of Columbia

Indian Summer Festival
September 11, 2015 – September 13, 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 2015

46th Annual National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Convention and Tradeshow
October 14, 2015 – October 17, 2015
Portland, Oregon

Tribal Fall Gathering
October 19, 2015
Keshena, Wisconsin

72nd Annual National Congress of American Indian (NCAI) Convention and Marketplace
October 18, 2015 – October 23, 2015
San Diego, California

Society for the Advancement of Hispanic/Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS) National Conference
October 29, 2015 – October 31, 2015
Washington, District of Columbia

November 2015

2015 South Dakota Indian Education Summit
November 1, 2015 – November 3, 2015
Pierre, South Dakota

2015 National American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) Conference
November 19, 2015 – November 21, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona

For questions about this information, contact David O'Connor (608) 267-2283