American Indian Studies Program
Hello or Greetings in Ojibwe / Ho-Chunk / Potawatomi / Mahican / 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 O’Connor finds personal reflection and storytelling essential to learning about Wisconsin’s First Nations
As American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, David O’Connor connects with educators to provide support for their understanding of history, culture, and tribal sovereignty.
2020 Preschool Development Grant (PDG) for American Indian Language Revitalization
The 2020 Preschool Development Grant (PDG) for American Indian Language Revitalization from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will distribute monies for the new Young Learners Program. These grants are to be distributed on a competitive one-time basis to tribal early childhood education programs or tribal Head Start programs serving Wisconsin tribal communities. The goals of the program are improving the transition to elementary school, reducing achievement gaps, and improving academic outcomes, while addressing the linguistic and cultural needs of students from American Indian nations and communities in Wisconsin. Funds may be used between the time of the award of the grant to Thursday, December 31, 2020 and funds are not allowed to be carried over beyond that date unless a no cost extension is awarded to the Department of Children and Families. The grants funds will be used to support start up and collaboration costs (e.g., materials, curriculum development, educator training or professional development). To continue the program, awardees will need to obtain other funding.
Application materials can be downloaded at the following two links (either in Word or PDF) :
- PDG American Indian Language Revitalization Grant Application (Word)
- PDG American Indian Language Revitalization Grant Application (PDF)
The grant application is due Wednesday, July 1, 2020. For best results, download the grant application rather than filled out in the browser. Not all features will work as intended when opened in a browser. For more information, please contact:
American Indian Students and Items of Religious and Cultural Significance
- 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.