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Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute

23rd Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute


Dates: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to Friday, August 2, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

Location: School District of Black Rivers Falls
Red Creek Elementary

410 County Highway A
Black River Falls, WI 54615


The annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute is an active, highly participatory, week-long workshop designed to increase participants’ understanding of issues related to the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities in Wisconsin.                                                             

The goals of the summer institute relate to both American Indian Studies and the education of Native American students. The summer institute aims to improve teaching and learning and to enrich student services, resulting in becoming more culturally responsive. Participants will learn how to adapt or develop new techniques best suited to their unique circumstances.

Who Should Attend?  

Anyone with a personal or professional interest in American Indian Studies and/or Native American education is welcome to attend. Past participants of previous summer institutes have included the following:facts
  • 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 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 of Native American students.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Activities and Programming

Classroom sessions use a variety of teaching methods and provide opportunities for both presenters and participants to share information, resources, best practices, and model programs. A field trip and other sessions outside the classroom provide opportunities for experiential learning. Rich discussions allow everyone to share their insights and reactions.

Perhaps most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to develop an action plan with access to a variety of resources to teach others what they have learned. Events will include a celebration of the relationships we have made and the things we have learned at the summer institute with a traditional feast and cultural activities.

Registration and Summer Institute Brochure

Registration Fee

The registration fee is $250 per person if registered by Monday, June 17, 2019, or $325 if registration is received by Monday, July 15, 2019 and $400 onsite.

Discounted group rates are also available. Contact Jonas Meyer at if you have three or more people registering from the same district or organization to receive the discount code.

Due to the nature of this event, registrations for only a portion of the summer institute are not available. Space is limited, so please register early.

Note: This event meets licensing stipulations or requirements for educators trained outside Wisconsin.


David O’Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at or (608) 267-2283 for questions about the summer institute programming.

Jonas Meyer, Office Operations Associate, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at or 608-267-9267 for issues with registration.

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