The way Native American history is taught throughout the state of Wisconsin allows for inconsistencies. The UW-System has a variation in how Native American history is taught to college students, with UW-Green Bay one such University that offers an entire course dedicated to First Nations Studies for future educators. Other colleges offer a 50-minute program. More via Wisconsin law says kids must be taught Native American issues, but teachers say they don’t know how | Post Crescent.
Spring Elder Hours on the Green Bay Campus will begin on Monday, Feb. 10 and will go through Saturday, May 9, 2020. All are welcome to attend and ask questions or simply listen to the elders; no appointments are necessary. Elder hours take place in Wood Hall 410. If you have any questions, please contact Cultural Resource Specialist Bailey Tlachac at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is the weekly schedule.
Mondays: Napos, noon to 2 p.m. and 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Wednesdays: Georgia Burr, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Napos, 1 to 2 p.m. and 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Thursdays: Laura Cornelius, 9 a.m. to noon.
First Nations Studies will be hosting business owner/doula, Nakita J. Tepolt, in the Education Center for First Nations Studies, Wood Hall 410 on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and open to all faculty, students and members of the public. Among the topics Tepolt will discuss are pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding. Light refreshments and snacks provided.
“And So We Walked: An Artist’s journey along the Trial of Tears” will be at the Weidner Center from Thursday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 in Fort Howard Hall. This performance chronicles the journey of a modern Cherokee woman and her father walking the 900-mile “Trail of Tears” path. The Thursday performance is sold out, but the three remaining performances on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. still have tickets available.
The First Nations Studies will be hosting business owner/doula, Nakita J. Tepolt, in the Education Center for First Nations Studies, Wood Hall 410 on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. This event is free and open to all faculty, students and members of the public. Among the topics Tepolt will discuss: pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding. Light refreshments and snacks provided.
UW-Eau Claire is celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Students and community members gathered for a dinner of traditional indigenous foods and to hear keynote speaker, UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. JP Leary (First Nations Studies). See more via UW-Eau Claire celebrating Native American Heritage Month.
On May 17, 2019, students in the First Nations Studies Seminar (FNS 391) traveled to Madison to present to officials at the Department of Public Instruction. Students in the course had spent the semester learning about state laws requiring instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized tribes and bands in Wisconsin in K-12 schools and teacher education programs, requirements commonly known as “Act 31.” State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, members of her cabinet, and program staff in American Indian Studies, Social Studies, and other programs listened attentively as UW-Green Bay students Dolly Potts, Elizabeth Howard, Crystal Danforth, Ana Olp, Holly Daniels, Nate Bowman, and Marla Mahkimetas, shared their policy research and recommendations related to instructional materials, preservice teacher education, in-service teacher professional development, systemic capacity issues, and examples of success in other states. These students will be following up to share a written report with their complete findings. DPI staff members have already been invited them to serve as partners and reviewers on several projects in progress.
In the photo: Left to right, back row: Tamara Mouw (Dir. Content and Learning Team); Crystal Danforth, Elizabeth Howard, J P Leary, David O’Connor (American Indian Studies Consultant). Middle row Ana Olp, Marla Mahkimetas, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, Dr. Sheila Briggs (Asst. State Superintendent for Academic Excellence), Kris McDaniel (Social Studies Consultant). Front Row, Holly Daniels, Nate Bowman, Dolly Potts, Connie Ellingson (Office Operations Associate)
Ever wonder how Wisconsin got its name? So did Josie Dunn, a student at Mineral Point Elementary School. Turns out, it is not a simple question to answer. The name Wisconsin comes from the Algonquian language family spoken by tribes such as the Menominee, but the pronunciation is not the same today. A UW-Green Bay Elder in Residence and member of Menominee tribe, Napos Turney, says he was told it comes from the Menominee word “Wēskōhsaeh.” The word translates to something like “a good place to camp” or “to basically live.” See more from WPR.
Visitors from the Black River Falls High school paid a visit to GIS Specialist Niklas Anderson of the Ho-Chunk Nation Realty Division on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Sixteen students and History and Social Studies Instructor Paul Rykken came to see what kind of work Anderson does and how it fits in with the objectives of the Ho-Chunk people.
“I wanted to give the students an introduction to geography and all the tools geographers use, especially Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS),” Anderson said. The group was from a class is called “First Nations Studies: Introduction to the Tribal World.” — a dual-credit offering with UW-Green Bay First Nations and the College Credit in High School program. Read the story in the Hocak Worak.
UW-Green Bay student Alana Dallas (First Nations Studies and Social Work) was selected as a honoree for the Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award for 2018. Presented by the University of Wisconsin System, the Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award is an annual honor given to faculty, staff, students or community members to recognize their achievements in advancing equity and inclusion for people of color within the UW System as well as communities across the state. Learn more.