‘Learning is a lifelong journey’ – Indian Country Today
They crossed the stage one by one to collect a diploma like no other – the nation’s first-ever doctoral degree in First Nations Education.
After studying Indigenous issues, conducting oral histories with tribal leaders, elders and youth, and helping devise ways to improve the educational system for Indigenous students, four Native educators became the nation’s first graduates of a new program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
They also took the first steps at providing a new base of knowledge for Indigenous education.“Community members told us they wanted students working on projects that addressed real-life needs while collaborating with elders and working with youth and the next generations,” said Dr. Lisa Poupart, a citizen of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Chippewa and an associate professor who heads the First Nations Studies Department at UWGB.
“It is a scholarly project that impacts the tribal world,” she told ICT.