American Indian Studies Program
Hello or Greetings in Ojibwe / Hocak / Potawatomi / Mohican / Menominee / Oneida
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.
- Provide training opportunities
- Present at conferences and workshops
- Develop and disseminate materials
- Provide general consultation on issues related to American Indian Studies and the education of American Indian students
- Serve as liaison to American Indian nations and tribal communities of Wisconsin; tribal education departments; Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA); Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC); and Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations
David J. O’Connor finds personal reflection and storytelling essential to learning about Wisconsin’s First Nations
As the American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, David J. O’Connor connects with educators to provide support for their understanding of the histories, cultures, and tribal sovereignty of Indigenous peoples, communities, and nations of Wisconsin.
For further information to hear about the work David J. O'Connor engages on with educators, please refer to the following articles from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:
- 4 National Native American Heritage Month Activities & Lesson Plans (2022)
- Q&A: How to Teach Indigenous Peoples' Day (2022)
- Infusing Multiple Narratives in History Classrooms: Native American Studies (2021)
- Don't Just Teach About Cultures—Teach Culturally. Here's the Difference (2020)
American Indian Students and Items of Religious and Cultural Significance
- May 2022 Letter (State Superintendent Jill Underly)
- May 2019 Letter (State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor)
- September 2017 Letter (State Superintendent Tony Evers)
There are a variety of local, regional, state and national organizations that sponsor conferences, meetings, and trainings that may be of interest to those working in the area of American Indian studies or education. These professional development opportunities range from one day to a week long, the items listed on the icon or the Calendar of Events section above provide a rich diversity of events and opportunities for those interested in this work.