Madison365 takes a look at Wisconsin’s most influential Native American leaders. Among them, a UW-Green Bay faculty member and an alumna:
Lisa Poupart is an associate professor of First Nations Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Humanities at UW-Green Bay and a member of the Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabeg. Dr. Poupart’s work is concerned with healing First Nations generational historic trauma and she is also involved in a number of initiatives to standardize First Nations Studies curriculum in K-16. Her collaborative book “Connective Pedagogy: Elder Epistemology, Oral Tradition and Community” explores the traditional knowledge and teaching methodology of the Tribal World (2013, Aboriginal Issues Press/University of Manitoba). Dr. Poupart works with First Nations oral traditional elders and First Nations youth in higher education settings.
Deborah Thundercloud is general manager of the Oneida Nation, a role she returned to 2019. Previous to that she was chief of staff at the National Indian Gaming Association. Thundercloud has served in many roles within the Oneida Nation, including as Chairwoman from 1993 to 1999, Vice-chairwoman from 1990-1993 and as Oneida’s General Manager from 2006-2011. Prior to serving the Oneida Nation in her role as General Manager, she was an executive with Bellin Health overseeing the Support Care Center; which consisted of engineering, facilities, food service and purchasing, biomedical engineering and patient ancillary services. She earned a bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay and master’s degree from Marquette.