The Door County Pulse reviewed the newly released book by UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. (First Nations Studies) J. P. Leary.
“In 1989, a state law known as Act 31 was passed that requires all students in Wisconsin to learn the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s federally recognized tribes. The Story of Act 31: How Native History Came to Wisconsin Classrooms, entails the story behind that landmark legislation and its implementation. Leary and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s American Indian Studies Consultant (1996-2011), traces the legislation’s origins from a 1983 court decision that affirmed American Indian hunting and fishing treaty rights and led to violent public outcry. Leary also explores pre-1989 educational policy decisions in order to tell the full story of how Native history became a Wisconsin classroom requirement.”