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First Nations Studies 2021-2022 Webinar Lecture Series: Introduction to the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin

Event Date

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 -
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Event Description

First Nations Studies 2021-2022 Webinar Lecture Series (November)
Introduction to the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin with Dr. Patty Loew
Patty Loew
About the Lecture Series
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) - American Indian Studies Program in partnership with CESA 12 is offering a unique opportunity to participate in a series of webinars to continue your journey of personal and professional development around First Nations Studies.

The monthly 2-hour webinar lecture series workshops will begin in November 2021 and continue through June 2022. The lecture series will feature various Native American scholars in the fields of history, literature, education, among other academic content areas. At each session, you will have the opportunity to hear from and learn from Indigenous authors and speakers.

*NOTE: You must be present during the advertised date and time(s) to participate and watch the webinar. The webinars will NOT BE RECORDED. Additionally, participants do NOT have permission or authorization to record either via video or audio the contents of the session attending.*
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm | Zoom Registration Opens (Pre-registration Required) at 2:30pm
PresenterPatty Loew (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Northwestern University
Title: Introduction to the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin
Description: Professor Patty Loew (Mashkiiziibii--Bad River Ojibwe) introduces us to the ancestral people of the place that became Wisconsin. Author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal, Dr. Loew talks about how the book was co-created with tribal historians, educators, and culture keepers in each of the twelve Native communities. She also offers ideas about how teachers can decolonize and Indigenize their classrooms.
Bio: Patty Loew, Ph.D., is a professor in the Medill School of Journalism and director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University. A citizen of Mashkiiziibii-- the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Dr. Loew is a former broadcast journalist in public and commercial television. She is the author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal, now in its second edition, which won the Wisconsin Library Association's 2002 Outstanding Book Award; Native People of Wisconsin, also newly revised and expanded, which is used by 20,000 Wisconsin school children as a social studies text; and Teachers Guide to Native People of Wisconsin. Her latest book, Seventh Generation Earth Ethics, won the 2014 Midwest Book Award for Culture. Loew has produced many documentaries for public and commercial television, including the award-winning Way of the Warrior, which aired nationally on PBS in 2007 and 2011. For 20 years, she hosted news and public affairs programs, including WeekEnd and In Wisconsin, for Wisconsin Public Television.
Participant Outcomes
As a result of attending this webinar series, participants will have an opportunity to:
  • have an opportunity to continue their journey of personal and professional development around First Nations Studies.

  • learn about and gain an understanding of the unique circumstances faced by Native people in the past and today and the effect it has on today's students, families, and communities.

  • receive information, resources to identify books, and strategies to support teaching and learning about Native peoples, communities, and nations.

  • deepen their understanding of the American Indian experience through stories and information shared by the speakers.

  • understand the historical experiences and contemporary issues of American Indian peoples and nations through storytelling, language, literacy, etc.

Target Audience
  • District Administrators and Principals
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Curriculum Specialists, Directors of Instruction, and Library Media Specialists
  • School Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists
  • Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) Administrators and Staff
  • Tribal, Community, and School Liaison's (Home-School/Title VI/Johnson O’Malley Coordinators and Staff)
  • Tribal Education Directors and Staff
  • Head Start, Early Childhood, and Preschool Staff
  • College and University (especially Schools of Education) Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Any others with an interest in American Indian Studies and education.

David J. O'Connor

Bwaakoningwiid David J. O'Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Phone: (608) 267-2283 or

Additional Information/Disclaimers
The training webinar will NOT be recorded or otherwise shared after the scheduled dates. The DPI American Indian Studies Program has found that this allows for more candid conversations, richer dialogue, and increased participation.

This training webinar does NOT meet statutory license stipulations for "Wisconsin American Indian Tribes and Bands", which is often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31. For those seeking to address statuary license stipulations, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Educator Preparation and Licensing - Statutory License Stipulations webpage for a list of approved courses and workshops. You can also visit the DPI American Indian Studies Program for further information.

* The DPI American Indian Studies Program reserves the right to prioritize enrollment to LEAs with federally-identified IDEA status, Wisconsin's First Nations, and districts with significant educational equity needs.

Training Format
Each session will be 2 hours in length and facilitated by Bwaakoningwiid David J. O'Connor in partnership with the respective presenters for each session. The sessions are intended to be interactive and will include discussion time at the end of each session.

These sessions will be facilitated online using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.

Registration and Fees
There are NO registration fees to participate in these webinars offered by the DPI American Indian Studies Program, which are funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

Funding for this training limits individual acceptance to WISCONSIN RESIDENTS only. Registration is limited to 300 individuals per session. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: myQuickReg - Introduction to the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin

***Each session must be registered separately for the First Nations Studies 2021-2022 Webinar Lecture Series.


David J. O'Connor

Judy Ross, Program Assistant III
CESA #12 - Center for Special Education and Pupil Services
American Indian Studies Program,
618 Beaser Avenue, Ashland, WI 54806
Direct Line: (715) 685-1837

For more great training opportunities offered by DPI American Indian Studies Program, please visit our webpage: Calendar of Events