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Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute

27th Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute


Dates: Monday, July 31, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to Friday, August 4, 2023 - 1:00 p.m.

Location: School District of Bayfield - 300 N 4th St, Bayfield, WI 54814

About the Summer Institute            

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 histories, cultures, and tribal sovereignty of the 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 (CESA) Administrators and Staff
  • Tribal, Community, and School Liaisons (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

Workshop sessions use a variety of teaching methods and provide opportunities for both presenters and participants to share information, resources, best practices, and model programs. 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.

Agenda and Daily Activities (Tentative)

Monday, July 31, 2023 (1:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Registration and Check-in 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)
  • Welcome, Opening, and Introductions
  • American Indian Studies of Wisconsin (Wisconsin Act 31)
  • Introduction to Histories, Cultures, and Tribal Sovereignty of American Indian Nations and Tribal Communities of Wisconsin
  • Large Group Discussion
Tuesday, August 1, 2023 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm | Check-in 8:30 am - 9:00 am)
  • Understanding Tribal Sovereignty and Treaties
  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa History and Culture
  • Breaking Down Stereotypes, Biases and Myths
  • Film and Discussion
  • Large Group Discussion
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm | Check-in 8:30 am - 9:00 am)
  • Community Tour - Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Thursday, August 3, 2023 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm | Check-in 8:30 am - 9:00 am)
  • Identifying and Evaluating Resources to Support Native Studies
  • Responsive Teaching for Self-Determination
  • Teaching About Cultures vs. Teaching Culturally
  • Building Community Partnerships and Relationships
  • Development of Action Plan Statements and/or Related Project
Friday, August 4, 2023 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Check-in 8:30 am - 9:00 am)
  • Finalize Action Plan Statements and/or Related Project
  • Large Group Discussion
  • Closing and Next Steps
*** Each day the of the summer institute, participants will be provided with a continental breakfast (except Monday) and a lunch as part of your registration. 

Staff and Presenters

Our staff and presenters come from a variety of academic and personal backgrounds. These individuals serve as resources and mentors, and they assist in facilitating daily small and large group sessions designed to help participants process what they have learned and develop an action plan that extends their learning to others.


To register for the summer institute, please go to the following link: myQuickReg - 27th Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute.

Registration Fee

  • Initial Early Bird: $200 per person if registered by Friday, May 5, 2023


  • Early Bird: $225 per person if registered by Friday, June 30, 2023

  • Regular: $250 per person if registered by Friday, July 21, 2023

  • Onsite: $300 per person for post-deadline registration

If you have three or more people registering from the same district or organization, a group discount will be applied at the completion of the event. Contact Judy Ross at with questions.

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.

This summer institute will NOT be recorded. The organizers of this coordinated event have found that this policy allows for more candid conversations, richer dialogue, and increased participation. Additionally, participants do NOT have permission or authorization to record either via video or audio the contents of this summer institute.

Note: This institute will meet statutory license stipulations for “Wisconsin American Indian Tribes and Bands”, which is often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31. Individuals will need to attend each day during the summer institute along with completing additional instructional assignments that will discussed at the conclusion of the summer institute. 


School District of Bayfield - 300 N 4th St, Bayfield, WI 54814


David J. O'Connor

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

Eva M. Kubinski

Eva M. Kubinski, School Administration Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; or (608) 266-2899

Questions on Registration
Judy M. Ross

Judy M. Ross, Program Assistant III, CESA 12; or 715-685-1837