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American Indian Studies Program

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American Indian Studies Program

Aaniin / Aho / Bozho / Koolamalsi / Pōsōh / Shekóli

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.

Program staff:

2019-2020 Applications for American Indian Language Revitalization Grants

The 2019-21 State Biennial Budget reauthorized and appropriated the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) American Indian Language Revitalization grants at $222,800 for 2019-2020. These grants are to be distributed on a competitive basis to a school board, consortium of school boards, CESA, or head start agency, in conjunction with a tribal education authority. Funds may be used for language activities related to providing instruction in one or more American Indian languages as curricular or co-curricular offerings including, but not limited to, curriculum design, creation of appropriate assessment instruments, professional development activities, language-focused parent and community engagement activities, instructional delivery, and program evaluation.

Application materials can be downloaded at the following link and are due Monday, September 23, 2019. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction anticipates issuing eight to 12 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
Telephone: (608) 267-2283


American Indian Students and Items of Religious and Cultural Significance

The following two letters were sent in May 2019 and September 2017 that addresses an issue that has come up repeatedly in conversations with tribal nations: American Indian students being prohibited from wearing items of religious and cultural significance.
As noted in each letter, it is our hope that schools or districts take this opportunity to review their policies and reach out to the sovereign tribal nations near them.
If you have any questions about either of these two letters above, feel free to contact David O’Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant, at or (608)267-2283.

Upcoming Events


Calendar page icon Local, Regional, State, and National Events Related to American Indian Studies & Education 

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.

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