Meet the Staff
David J. O'Connor (pictured right) is originally from and is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) in northern Wisconsin. In January 2012, he became the American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He is also the grant director for the Network for Native American Student Achievement and the Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Tribal Project with Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or "The Network".
In David's role at DPI, he supports school districts' efforts to provide instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin's American Indian nations and tribal communities, often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31 and the education of Native American students.
In addition, he provides training opportunities and presents at conferences and workshops throughout the state of Wisconsin on American Indian education and studies. David also provides general consultation on issues related to the education of American Indian students. He also serves 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 the Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations.