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Knowing Our Neighbors: WI American Indian Nations and Tribal Communities - Workshops

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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Lac du Flambeau, WI

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February 15, 2018

Stevens Point, WI

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Event Description

Understanding the Wisconsin American Indian educational experience and perspectives has profound implications for both district policies and instructional methodology when transforming systems to educate all students. Through counter-narratives shared by American Indians, learn about the rights, responsibilities, and misinformation surrounding Native people and education.

Apply the Courageous Conversations protocols to examine, recognize and appropriately address the American Indian students' struggles and emotions connected with educational assimilation; and understand the concepts of "invisible identity" and "walking in two worlds."

Participant Outcomes

As a result of attending this training, participants will:

  • gain an understanding of the unique circumstances facing Indigenous people in society
  • deepen their understanding of the American Indian experience through the counter-stories shared throughout the day-long conversation
  • gain an understanding of the American Indian historical trauma and the effect it has on today's students, families, and communities
  • examine how societal patterns and experiences for American Indian students plays out in their education
  • explore ways in which school systems institutionalize practices that marginalize American Indian students
  • discover and examine ways to transform our school environments into places that nurture the spirit and foster high-level engagement and achievement for American Indian students
  • receive useful classroom strategies for culturally responsive practices that can be implemented right away


Paula Fernandez
Project Coordinator,
Network for Native American Student Achievement,

Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network

David O'Connor
American Indian Studies Consultant,

Co-Leader, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network

For questions about this information, contact Kristen McDaniel (608) 266-2207