Spring Elder Hours begin on Feb. 10

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 tlacba11@uwgb.edu. 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.

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘And So We Walked’ dynamic in Green Bay | wearegreenbay

“Shape changing, a lover, dreams with images and voices of grandmothers, a mysterious highway mishap, tribal politics and an actor’s veering life. Those are just a few elements in a play in a league of its own.” Critic Warren Gerds gives opinion of “And So We Walked,” which was performed at the Weidner Center from Nov. 14 to 16, 2019. More information via Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘And So We Walked’ dynamic in Green Bay | wearegreenbay.

Word Festival headed to the Weidner Center

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a Word Festival, a series of events allowing the audience to experience the spoken word transformed into unforgettable stories through storytelling, spoken word and hip-hop theatre.

The first event is “And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears” on Nov. 14 and 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This event takes place in Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center.

The next event is “Words and Music- A Program of Monologues” and is part of a collaboration between the 6:30 Concert Series and Think Theatre Series on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Weidner Center. This event is free and open to the public.

On Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weidner Center, award-winning and internationally acclaimed theater artists the Q Brothers will be performing their rendition of Shakespeare’s Othello titled “Othello: The Remix”.

The final event as part of the Word Festival will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weidner Center. (M)iyamoto is Black Enough, a group that entertains audiences with a combination of poems and complex musical compositions, will be performing.

At a 60% discounted rate over single-ticket pricing, a package including tickets to all Word Festival events can be purchased for $65.


Prof. J P Leary lecture featured on University Place

“J P Leary, Associate Professor of First Nations Studies at UW-Green Bay, discusses the history behind Act 31, the 1989 Wisconsin law which requires all students in the state to learn about the culture, tribal sovereignty, and history of the eleven federally recognized tribes residing in Wisconsin.”

Via University Place, The Story of Act 31 | Wisconsin First Nations.

Learn about First Nations via Elders at fall 2019 Elder Hours

The UW-Green Bay Education Center for First Nations Studies invites all students, staff, faculty, and community members to visit the First Nations Oral Scholars in Residence Elder Hours  program. This program provides an informal setting for individuals to learn about First Nations Elders through storytelling and casual conversation in Wood Hall 410, Green Bay Campus. Starting week of Sept. 16, 2019 hours are:

Mondays: Napos – Noon to 2 p.m., 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Tuesdays: Carol Cornelius, Ph.D. – Noon to 3 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




Campus mourns loss of alumna and First Nations teacher, Susan Daniels

UW-Green Bay alumna, and teacher in UW-Green Bay’s First Nations Studies program, Susan Daniels, passed away August 2, 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1994 in Social Change and Development (now Democracy and Justice Studies) and her Master’s in Applied Leadership in Teaching and Learning in 2014, both from UW-Green Bay. She was a member of the Oneida Nation, Bear Clan and held numerous positions working for the Tribe. She was an oral scholar for UW-Green Bay’s First Nations Studies program and taught a course on storytelling traditions. Daniels was preceded in death by her parents and husband and is survived by three daughters and their families. Services are this evening, Monday, August 5, 2019 and tomorrow, August 6, at the Oneida Nation Longhouse. See more.

Oneida Nation | UW-Green Bay speaker Yuntlekalau McLester shares her story

Yuntlekalau McLester wanted to share her experiences in her commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduation ceremony held May 18, 2019. One of those experiences was with failure.

“It happens all the time in life, we can’t succeed if we never fail at something,” she said.

via Oneida Nation | UWGB speaker Yuntlekalau McLester shares her story.

Graduating Class Speaker Yuntlekalau McLester encourages graduates to be purposeful

Graduating Class Speaker Yuntlekalau McLester encourages graduates to be purposeful

UW-Green Bay Student Speaker Yuntlekalau McLester began her commencement remarks at the beginning, introducing herself to family, friends and fellow graduates in her native Oneida language and ending in song with a message for graduates:

Graduating Class Speaker Yuntlekalau McLester in traditional dress
Graduating Class Speaker Yuntlekalau McLester in traditional dress

Shekoli Swakweku

“I=kelhe taetwatunlunha

Evangeline yutatyatskwe akhsothak<

Tsyosha>aht yutatyats aknulha

Yuntle>kala=& niyukyats, wakkwaho niwakitalot<, Onyote>a=ka niwakatuh<tsyot< ohkale Talu>kowahne thenakle>

Hello all of you. I’d like to introduce myself.

Evangeline Constance Webster-Delgado was my grandmother’s name

Tsyosha>aht Caterina Delgado is my mother’s name

Yuntle>kala=& is my name and I am of the wolf clan, People of the Standing Stone is the land and earth I come from, and I live where the Ducks are bountiful.

I give my introduction in the Oneida language to establish my relations. Lotinosaunee, People of the Longhouse are matrilineal, we follow our mothers which is why my mother and my mothers mother are included with extension to my clan, my people, and the land I occupy.

As an indigenous woman of Turtle Island, I find it important to stand before you as my true self, in my identity, and in my traditional clothing. I never had the chance to know my maternal grandmother but she was going to college in Chicago raising nine children on her own and passed away right before her college graduation. Today I honor her by wearing her skirt and leggings as my mother did at her graduation. My mother was also a single mother of three therefore, as the third generation of single mothers, I follow in the strength and power of the women in my life that came before me. Being commencement speaker is much more than me speaking before all of you; it is changing a narrative around women. We can see this movement of women taking place with the amazing leadership that is rising. I’m sure that in order for those women to succeed they had to have failed, a lot.

There have been many times when I failed at college and life but each time I had to reexamine why I was here. When looking at my major, which I changed at least three times, I was trying to find what fit me. It took a while before I arrived at my program in First Nations Studies. All of those struggles through life and school can be reminders that we need to take a step back and reevaluate our lives and our decisions to do what makes us happy. Our wellness prepares us to face anything that comes along in our lifetime. In those difficult times, we look to those individuals that help lift us up, our friends and family, through their stories and laughter.

Since attending this institution I’ve been faced with hardships from the loss of family members, of friends, of relationships that put me into some of the darkest times in my life.  So much that I questioned if being here at school was the best thing for me. I could honestly say that I would never had made it without the family, friends, and faculty that were there to simply ask me, “How are you doing, is everything going alright?” The importance of my family and community on campus continued to grow through these interconnected relationships that were forming. My journey through life began to fall into alignment with the things that I had envisioned for myself. While in school I was seeing the horrible things happening in the world with my eyes unveiled but yet, with so much love, empathy, and compassion. Those characteristics I had learned through my traditional teachings but were amplified with what I was learning here.

When we’re little we’re told to go to school so we could make a difference, right? We were sent to make an impact and continue the ripple of movers and shakers that came before us. I focus on my passion and doing what I love because I want my son to do the same, as he gets older. If we’re not doing something purposeful with our lives, then maybe its time to take that step back and rethink our next move. There’s always a moment to change and create your own path.

That’s why today, I would like to share a Robin Dance song with all of you. The Robin represents renewal of life after the winter frost has gone. I find it fitting because we all are taking the next steps in our lives by graduating today. I choose to sing this song with one of my students I have been mentoring in Oneida music, language, and culture through our youth programs at the Oneida Nation Arts Program, Kaylee Schuyler.

I am continuing that ripple of changing the narrative around women and hope that all those that come after me are welcomed and find family here. Thanks to all of you who are graduating, for your brilliance and resilience. We made it!”


About the Graduating Class Speaker Yuntlekalau Mamie McLester

Success comes at your own pace. Yuntlekalau Mamie McLester, Satuday’s graduating class speaker, knows this well. As a non-traditional student, mother and mentor, McLester forged a path toward earning her degree that was neither fast nor easy, but is indeed her own. UW-Green Bay is the fifth and final college she’s attended on her path to completing an undergraduate degree. Along the way, she’s found the importance in one’s passion should be encompassed within earning a degree.

Her unique journey toward obtaining this diploma today included asserting her passions, finding belonging in the right program, having a valuable sense of community on campus and starting a family. Originally from Oneida, Wisconsin, McLester is of the People of the Standing Stone and she’s of the Wolf Clan.

McLester graduates today with a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations, a minor in environmental science and a certificate in Environmental Management and Business. She was nominated to serve as Commencement Speaker by John Arendt, Forrest Brooks, Carol Cornelius, Elizabeth Wheat, JP Leary, Lisa Poupart, Rosa Serrano, Karen Stahlheber, Alison Staudinger and David Turney.

Described as a powerful Haudenosaunee woman, she embodies the work of her ancestors as a positive campus leader. Her contributions to the upward mobility of student successes include but are not limited to serving as a peer mentor in the Gateway to Phoenix Success program, leading the Intertribal Student Council, assistant teaching undergraduate students Ethnohistory with Carol Cornelius. Her strength in helping others comes from being an active community member and a mother. As a student she attended the Wisconsin Sustainability in Business Conference, was a presenter at the Widening the Circle Conference, and presenter at the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. She continues to advocate for wellness and social change in underrepresented communities.

This past year, as an intern at the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council’s Native American Research Center on Health, McLester looked into policies and practices that colleges and universities could adopt to help foster greater academic success and better overall wellness for Native American students. McLester served as the student representative on the search and screen committee for the Native American Student Success Coordinator for the UW System, and was the only student from across Wisconsin selected to do so. The work she completed through her internship leaves an important legacy for other Native students who attend UW-Green Bay.

McLester credits UW-Green Bay faculty and fellow students for encouraging her to get involved and to use her voice to encourage the real conversations about inclusion and diversity that are so important in Wisconsin and beyond.

“Ms. McLester works collaboratively across all social groups to build consensus and promote inclusion,” wrote Associate Prof. Lisa Poupart in her letter of recommendation. “Her strengths are many and include strong intellectual abilities, excellent oral communication and presentation skills. She is an authentic ally in action to members of oppressed social groups including people of color and the LGBTQ communities. She is always working to understand her own privilege and challenges those around her to grow and do the same. Her approach to challenging others is effective and firmly rooted in respect.”

Upon graduation, McLester will be applying her education at the Oneida Cultural Heritage department as a language and culture trainee. She was recruited by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin to serve as an Indigenous language apprentice, where she will be applying for acceptance into an adult immersion program in Ontario.

UW-Green Bay doctoral student named state special services teacher of the year

UW-Green Bay First Nations Education doctoral student Bawaajigekwe Andrea DeBungie has been named the state’s Special Services Teacher of the Year. The special education teacher at Lake Superior Elementary School has been teaching for 11 years. “I accept them as they are and how they come into the classroom and foster that,” she said of her students. Read the story from APG Media.