Welcome to the Wisconsin Indian Education Association’s website! Here you will find a plethora of information and resources on Native American Indian Education.
First things first – some simple “Indian” (Native American) rules of etiquette: We do not pass judgement. We all experience the ups and downs of life, and the best way to make all of our lives better is through compassion and tolerance. Secondly – the terms “Native American,” “Indian,” “Indigenous,” “Native,” “Tribal” and “American Indian” are most always interchangeable. In today’s progressive world, it’s good to know the most acceptable and respectful way to address each other. Third – all Indians are NOT the same. Each tribe, each community, even each family, may have a unique set of values, traditions and customs that guide their beliefs and systems. Although we do share many great things among our tribal cultures, each tribe (or band) has specific customs and beliefs that shape their collective tribal culture. We have a mixture of tribal affiliations and cultures here in Wisconsin but for the most part, the tribes indigenous to the state are Woodland People. A common misconception is that all Indians lived in teepees. Not so. The Sioux (Lakota/Dakota) people lived in teepees, which are indicative of the Plains Cultures (the Sioux moved to the plains from the woodlands, where they once lived). These dwellings were conical and made of long tree poles and buffalo hides. For the most part, Woodland People such as the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Oneida lived in dome shaped dwellings, of which the frames were constructed of saplings and covered with the wood, bark or fiber of local trees (and some tribes even used animal hides as coverings). As Indian people, we respect and honor each other’s customs and beliefs, and in that, we are bound by more similarities than differences. Fourth – there are 11 federally recognized tribal nations living today in Wisconsin and one nation that is still pursing federal recognition. They are the Ho-Chunk, Ojibwe/Chippewa (which consist of six separate bands; Red Cliff, Bad River, Sokaogon (Mole Lake), St. Croix, Lac du Flambeau and the Lac Courte Oreilles), Menominee Indian Tribe, Potawatomi (Forest County), Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, Oneida Tribe of Indians and Brothertown Indians. Fifth – if a Native person offers you something to eat or drink, please kindly accept. This is a long held tradition among American Indians and a great sign of respect when accepted.
Our communities are often the largest employers in the counties in which they are located and provide jobs, critical infrastructure services and resources to both Indian and non-Indian people. One popular belief is that all Indians have casinos and therefore are “rich.” While we are certainly rich in our culture and heritage, our gaming revenues are largely funneled back into our communities to support tribal government and those critical infrastructure services previously mentioned. Our communities often have unmet needs, which create special challenges for our people. As Indian people, we hold dear to our traditional ways while trying to balance the progress of 21st century living.
In today’s world, we as tribal nations believe in providing the best opportunities for our children, young adults, working and single families, professionals and our elders. This includes education and the ability to pursue the “American Dream.” Our mission at WIEA is to advocate for the advancement of our tribal members and descendants through legislation, political avenues and legal approaches with education at the heart of our effort.
I hope you take your time looking around our website and are open to learning about our organization and the people we serve. I guarantee with you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how rich and colorful our culture and people are.
Until we see each other again.
Wisconsin Indian Education Association
WIEA Announces 2018 State Award Winners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2018
Contact: Crystal Lepscier,
2018 WIEA Awards Committee
Keshena, WI – The Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 WIEA Awards:
2018 WIEA Student of the Year: PK-3 – TaraLeigh Cole (Menominee)
2018 WIEA Student of the Year: 4-7 – Javon Adams (Oneida)
2018 WIEA Student of the Year: 8-10 – Caitlyn Katchenago (Menominee)
2018 WIEA Student of the Year: 11-12 – Allyson Pamanet (Menominee)
2018 WIEA Student of the Year: 2 Year Voc/Technical – Anthony Chevalier (Menominee)
2018 WIEA Student of the Year: 4 Year Undergraduate – Amanda Plucinski (Bad River)
2018 WIEA Student of the Year: Graduate/Post-Graduate – David O’Connor (Bad River)
2018 WIEA Indian Educator of the Year – Shannon Chapman (Menominee)
2018 WIEA Indian Elder of the Year – Romaine Delabrue (Menominee)
2018 WIEA Indian Elder/Educator of the Year – Gary Johnson (Lac Courte Oreilles)
2018 WIEA Friend of Indian Education – Michael Clark
2018 WIEA Indian Parent(s) of the Year – Rachel Jeske (Hannahville Potawatomi), Gregory Hoyt, Sr.
The awards winners have been notified and will be honored with a banquet during the WIEA conference in Keshena, WI on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
Each year, WIEA recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on the lives and communities of Native Americans living in Wisconsin. In doing so, WIEA relies on people who are on the front lines in the day-to-day work within American Indian communities, schools, and families to help identify individuals who are making a difference in the lives of Native American students of all ages.
For their lifelong commitment and devotion to Indian Education, we have also chosen to recognize some very important individuals in the community, to include:
Dr. Ferial Deer Skye
Mark Caskey, RN
Dr. Verna Fowler
For more information about WIEA Awards, please visit www.wiea.net
In its initial stages, WIEA was primarily an information sharing organization, however in recent years the Board has become pro-active regarding issues that affect Indian education. Legislative Breakfasts have been held in Madison for the past 5 years where Board members have the opportunity to share with State Legislators concerns on issues that affect Indian people in Wisconsin. WIEA has advisory capacity with organizations such as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Technical College Systems Northern Consortium, as well as work within the UW System. WIEA also oversees an annual Scholarship Award which is granted to 4 students each year.
As part of WIEA By-laws, an annual statewide conference is held each year in April. This year’s conference theme is ‘Revitalizing Tribal Nations through Community Engagement’ and will be held at the Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena, WI April 19-21. The conference includes keynote speakers, workshops, and presenters who address education issues from Pre-K to post-secondary Indian education.
2018 Conference Just around the corner!
The Wisconsin Indian Education Association’s East Region has announced the dates for the 2018 WIEA Conference! The 2018 conference titled, “Revitalizing Tribal Nations Through Community Engagement“, will be held April 19, 20 & 21 at the Menominee Casino Resort in beautiful Keshena, Wisconsin. Stay tuned for future announcements and information on this and other WIEA events!
Registration now open!
Registration for the 2018 Conference “Revitalizing Tribal Nations Through Community Engagement is now open!
Click here to register!