Campus mourns passing of alumna and former State Rep. Sharon Metz

Former State Rep. and UW-Green Bay alumna Sharon Metz (’84, Communication and the Arts) passed away over the weekend.  According to faculty member J P Leary, she and her husband Tom have lived allyship to Indigenous peoples. During her 12 years service as a legislator from Green Bay, she was instrumental in passing what became the Wisconsin Indian Education Act in 1979. She also laid important groundwork for passage of Act 31 in 1989 and is one of the overlooked heroes in that effort.

Sharon and Tom founded HONOR—Honor Our Neighbors Origins and Rights—in 1990. Their efforts through HONOR organized nationwide support for Native peoples during the height of the treaty rights controversy in Wisconsin. Their efforts through the HONOR Resource Center helped to make accurate, authentic books and instructional materials available to teachers, students, and community members when such materials were not easily found.

The family will hold a private memorial service. A public visitation will be held at Mueller Funeral Home, 904 E. Main St. Winneconne on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, from 5 to 7 p.m. Due to COVID, face coverings and social distancing will apply.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, the family suggests donations in Sharon’s name to Heifer International. If you wish please submit online condolences to Please see the full obituary.

Join the discussion ‘Dehumanization of Indigenous Women’ March 4

First Nations Education and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) invites the UW-Green Bay campus community to a free online webinar training event titled, “The Dehumanization of Indigenous Women,” Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Christie Theater. Through both quantitative and qualitative research methods, Stephanie Cross (Comanche Nation) and Emma Allen (Cherokee Nation) will investigate various ways that Indigenous women experience dehumanization and the mechanisms underlying how they are dehumanized by others. This session will examine the effects of dehumanization on Indigenous women and their experiences both in and outside of the University of Oklahoma.

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 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.