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:

Register Now for the 20th Annual WI American Indian Studies Summer Institute

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. The goals of the summer institute relate to both American Indian studies and the education of American Indian students.

The summer institute aims to improve teaching and learning and to enrich student services, resulting in both becoming more culturally responsive.  Participants will learn how to adapt or develop new techniques best suited to their unique circumstances.

2016-2017 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 at and are due Friday, May 27, 2016.  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:

David J. O'Connor, Education Consultant
American Indian Studies Program
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
125 South Webster Street
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
(608) 267-2283

Upcoming Events


May 2016

CESA # 5 American Indian Studies: Implementing Act 31
May 4, 2016
Portage, Wisconsin

Native American & Indigenous Studies Association Conference
May 18, 2016 – May 21, 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii 

June 2016

Native American Student Advocacy Institute (NASAI)
June 6, 2016 - June 7, 2016
Tempe, Arizona

2016 Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW) Conference
June 6, 2016 – June 8, 2016
Wabeno, Wisconsin

Seventh American Indian / Indigenous Teacher Education Conference
June 16, 2016 – June 18, 2016
Flagstaff, Arizona

Social Studies Bootcamp: Wisconsin Dells
June 27, 2016 – June 28, 2016
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

July 2016

Northern Indigenous Arts and Sciences Institute
July 18, 2016 – July 22, 2016
Red Cliff, Wisconsin

40th Annual National United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Conference
July 22, 2016 – July 28, 2016
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Ho-Chunk Indigenous Arts and Sciences Institute
July 25, 2016  – July 29, 2016
Baraboo, Wisconsin

Social Studies Bootcamp: Green Bay
July 28, 2016  – July 29, 2016
Green Bay, Wisconsin

August 2016

20th Annual WI American Indian Studies Summer Institute
August 1, 2016 - August 5, 2016
Crandon, WI

September 2016

Indian Summer Festival
September 9, 2016 – September 11, 2016
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 2016

47th Annual National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Convention and Tradeshow
October 5, 2016 – October 8, 2016
Reno, Nevada

73rd Annual National Congress of American Indian Convention & Marketplace
October 9, 2016 –  Oct 14, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona

2016 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums
October 11, 2016 – October 12, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona

Society for the Advancement of Hispanic/Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS) 2016 National Conference
October 13, 2015 – October 15, 2015
Long Beach, California    

November 2016

2016 National American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) Conference
November 19, 2015 – November 21, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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