Tag: First Nations Studies

Poet laureate Kort had UW-Green Bay ties

Author Ellen Kort died Tuesday in Appleton at age 79. Kort had ties to UW-Green Bay, back in the days when the official Wisconsin poet laureate position was new and the University held the honor closely. Former Prof. Denise Sweet of Humanistic Studies and First Nations Studies, of course, held the title with distinction from 2004-08, but before her it was Kort, the very first laureate, who occasionally taught poetry courses here. Friends remember that she touched many lives with her poetry and compassion.

2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow set for April 25

2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow FlierThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council will present the 2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Kress Events Center on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The event, which is free and open to the public, attracts participants and spectators from across Wisconsin and surrounding states.

It will include grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as a no-cost feast at 5 p.m. at the Mauthe Center on campus. M&J Catering will provide food for the feast.

The theme for the 2015 Pow Wow is “Honoring the Family,” and the event will include a smoke dance special and men’s traditional special. Other honor dances will be held to recognize UW-Green Bay students, UW-Green Bay alumni and others.

The host drum for the event is Midnite Express, a well-known award-winning drum out of Minneapolis.  Three invited drums include one youth drum, Tomahawk Circle (from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe band), to honor all ages of the family. The other two are Eagle Singers and Str8 Across (Menominee).

The master of ceremonies will be Marin ‘Mark’ Denning of the Oneida Nation, and Tyler Defoe (Oneida) is arena director for the event. The Pow Wow’s female head dancers are Antoinette Lester (Oneida, Memoninee) and Kesekokiw Grignon (Oneida, Menominee). The male head dancer is Matthew Lester (Navaho). The color guard unit from the Wisconsin Indian Veterans Association’s Oneida Chamber will bring in the flags during each grand entry.

Sponsors for the Pow Wow include UW-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council, SUFAC, Office of the Provost, American Intercultural Center, First Nations Studies Program, Dean of Students Office, Office of Student Life, the Diversity Taskforce, Common Theme Committee, Stockbridge-Munsee Community and Oneida Nationa Tourism.


Back by popular demand: Brooks presentation on First Nations culture

The Inclusivity and Equity Certificate Program is offering this program again due to popular demand. Guest speaker Forrest Brooks, a lecturer in First Nations Studies, will speak from 2 to 3 p.m. this Thursday (April 9) in Alumni A/B of the University Union. Members of the campus community are invited to learn more about First Nations culture, including communication styles, family and traditional values and the diversity that exists with each tribe and individual. Please preregister.

Leary to present at conference, and speak at White House-sponsored session

It will be a busy weekend for Assistant Prof. JP Leary, who will be in La Crosse presenting with students at an indigenous education conference before delivering the closing remarks at a White House listening session Sunday afternoon. Leary and three students from his First Nations Studies 372 class will take the stage Friday and Saturday at the Widening the Circle Indigenous Education Conference, facilitating discussion of the documentary film “The Thick Dark Fog” and presenting their oral history project with the Cante Sica and Autry foundations. Leary also will moderate a panel and present a sectional session on Friday. After the conference wraps up Saturday, Leary on Sunday will offer closing remarks for the U.S. Department of Education’s White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education Listening Session, also being held in La Crosse.

In the news: Journal Sentinel story highlights First Nations Studies program

UW-Green Bay’s award-winning First Nations Studies program was highlighted Thursday (Oct. 9) in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article that examines UW System efforts to recruit and retain Native American students. Increasing the number of Native students on campuses remains a challenge, the article says, but UW-Green Bay’s First Nations Studies program “is considered a model for building understanding and respect of tribal cultures.” Reporter Karen Herzog spoke with several UW-Green Bay faculty members, as well as Tribal Elders-in-Residence David “Napos” Turney Sr. and Richie Plass, both of whom work closely with UW-Green Bay students to increase awareness and dispel myths. Native students consider the elders as campus allies, the story says, emphasizing that it’s important to help non-Native students learn about them. In addition to Turney and Plass, Herzog interviewed faculty members Lisa Poupart, Tim Kaufman and David Voelker about the program and its benefits for Native and non-Native students alike. Full story.

Reminder: Noon faculty forum with Leary, Hutchison

Humanistic Studies will be hosting its first faculty forum of the fall semester today (Friday, Sept. 26) from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the 1965 Room:
JP Leary, assistant professor of Humanistic Studies and First Nations Studies, “Behavior of our Alumni: First Nations Studies, Education Policy, and Social Change”
Ray Hutchison, professor of Urban and Regional Studies, “East Tennessee Ephemerides: The Tent Graves of East Tennessee”

Friday’s HUS faculty forum will feature talks by Leary, Hutchison

Humanistic Studies will be hosting its first faculty forum of the fall semester this Friday (Sept. 26) from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the 1965 Room of the University Union. Presenters and presentations are:

JP Leary, assistant professor of Humanistic Studies and First Nations Studies, “Behavior of our Alumni: First Nations Studies, Education Policy, and Social Change”

Ray Hutchison, professor of Urban and Regional Studies, “East Tennessee Ephemerides: The Tent Graves of East Tennessee”

First Nations Studies faculty will take part in Tuesday celebration of Act 31

Three members of UW-Green Bay’s First Nations Studies faculty will represent the University during a Tuesday (Aug. 19) event marking the 25th anniversary of Wisconsin Act 31. Lisa Poupart, Forrest Brooks and JP Leary will be on hand for the Madison event, which celebrates the passage of legislation requiring instruction in American Indian history, culture and tribal sovereignty at both the K-12 level and in teacher education programs in Wisconsin. The award-winning program’s collaboration with the University’s Education program, through the Education Center for First Nations Studies, has been lauded for its approach to infusing Act 31 in teacher education. Leary is one of the event’s featured speakers. A video in which he discusses Act 31’s origins, purpose and requirements will debut at the event. Visit www.wiea.org for more info.

Professor emerita talks about First Nations Studies, at a national level

Rosemary Christensen, a UW-Green Bay associate professor emerita and co-founder of the National Indian Education Association, taped an interview at the 2014 Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (NIEA). In one segment, she describes her past experience with UW-Green Bay’s First Nations Studies program and the importance of the oral tradition and opportunities for students to work with tribal elders. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G_l4L-Q4xA

UW-Green Bay programs partner with annual American Indian Studies institute

The 18th Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute is scheduled to take place July 28 through Aug. 1 at the Lac du Flambeau School District Offices in northern Wisconsin. The event is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in cooperation with the First Nations Studies Program and the Professional Program in Education Center for First Nations Studies at UW-Green Bay. The week is designed to increase participants’ understanding of issues related to the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the eleven federally recognized American Indian tribes and bands in Wisconsin. Undergraduate and graduate credits are available, as well, with UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. JP Leary of First Nations Studies the instructor. Read more.