2017 Conference Presenter & Workshop Lineup

2017 Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference
“Mino-Ayaa ‘Idiiwin: Let’s Be Healthy Together”
May 12-13, 2017
Presenter & Workshop Lineup


(1) Sommer Drake, Amy Tromp, Carol Ann Amour — “Listening to Tribal Voices: creating an organic cultural curriculum in collaboration with stakeholders” Learn how visiting and listening to the stakeholders in Native American education is creating an organic participatory cultural curriculum at the Indian Community School near Milwaukee, and consider how this can be brought to your region.
“Session ARoom: Lake Tomahawk

(2) Kathy Borkowski  Publishing Native Voices” The Wisconsin Historical Society has published many books on the history and culture of Wisconsin’s Tribal Nations. But what are the information needs of the Tribes and how can we better serve them? This session will be both an overview of publishing Native voices and a listening session to learn about tribal educational needs.
“Session C” Room: Lake Tomahawk

(3) Mikaela Crank-Thinn & Brigetta F. Miller — “Modeling Partnerships: College Horizons and Lawrence University” National College access non-profit College Horizon is modeling Native student service partnership and strengthening tribal relationships with Lawrence University through the Scholars Program.
Session F ” Room: Lake Kawasaga

(4) Gregg Curtis — “ACP & Cultural Diversity: Personalizing Each American Indian Student’s Path for College and Career Readiness” ACP is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own vision for post-secondary success based on individual strengths and interests.
“Session H” Room: Lake Kawasaga

(5) Anna Eggebrecht — “Wisconsin’s Transitional Services for Youth under WIAO” Participants will be able to understand how the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has implemented changes in the transition services they provide to youth in Wisconsin under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act.  Participants will be able to understand how DVR has partnered with the Department of Public Instruction to increase vocational rehabilitation services to youth with disabilities.
Session E” Room: Lake Tomahawk 

(6) Jennifer Gauthier  Haho, Boozhoo, Posoh, Shekoli: Extending the Resources of the University of Wisconsin to Support Indigenous Languages” – A Menominee UW-Extension educator developed a club for high school youth to learn and teach language to young children. Her Bad River 4-H colleague integrates language into indigenous food system activities and will share experiential education lessons. We will discuss potential programs and connections to UW through Extension’s statewide network.
“Session G” Room: Lake Kawasaga

(7) Dylan Jennings — “Anishinabe Lifeway and Treaty Rights in the Classroom: Resources for Educators” Midnight Express Opening Song- Storytelling Projects on Treaty rights & Sovereignty, online apps.
“Session A” Room: Lake Evelyn

(8) Gary Johnson — “Are You Indian Enough?” This workshop will present ideas about using blood quantum as requirement for tribal membership and its effect on self-identity and self-esteem.  It is intended to get a discussion about what it means to be a member of a tribe and the responsibilities that should go with tribal membership.  We will look at why tribes use this and about tribes that do not use it.  We will also examine the effects of blood quantum on the long-term impact on tribal sovereignty.
“Session B” Room: Lake Tomahawk

(9) Bob Kovar — “Tribal AmeriCorps Program” The purpose of the Tribal AmeriCorps Program (TAP) is to provide local Tribal Prevention coalition the opportunity to recruit local community members as AmeriCorps volunteers to help them get the work experience and work of coalitions.
“Session C” Room: Lake Clawson

(10) Eva Kubinski — “What’s Going on in Special Education” – This session will provide an update on what are the current hot topics in Special Education, including College and Career Ready IEPs, Reading Drives Achievement, and recently developed guidance on Manifestation Determinations and Shortened School Days. For parents, educators, students and community members.  Come with your questions and concerns, especially those relate to American Indian students with disabilities!
Session G” Room: Lake Clawson

(11) Eva Kubinski — “College & Career Ready IEP’s”- In order to improve the educational outcomes of Wisconsin students with disabilities, WI DPI has developed College and Career Ready IEPs.  Come attend this session and learn more about how this new process will help focus Special Education services to improve student outcomes, including those of American Indian students with disabilities.
“Session A” Room: Lake Clawson

(12) Correll Lashbrook — “Improving Access to Highly Specialized Telehealth Services for American Indian Students” This presentation will promote discussion about the benefits of American Indian students accessing speech therapy, occupational therapy and mental health services through secure videoconferencing. It will serve as a resource for those wanting to expand their knowledge of options for students with special needs afforded through innovation.
Session D” Room: Lake Tomahawk

(13) Patricia Moran — “Nutrition, Nature & Gardening: A Holistic Approach” Food Sovereignty is an increasing priority in our community and we believe positive change starts with our future generations.  This session will discuss approaching elementary education outside of the classroom with a holistic approach, specifically focusing on natural resources, gardening and nutrition.
“Session B” Room: Lake Clawson

(14) Barbara Munson & Kaitlyn Berle  Wisconsin Arts Board presents “Woodland Indian Arts Initiative: Nurturing Deep Roots and Soaring Spirits through support for contemporary and traditional indigenous arts” This information sharing round table was suggested by last year’s panel judges for the Woodland Indian Arts Initiative (WIAI) who thought it important to more broadly disseminate information about the opportunities available to our communities through the Woodland Indian Arts Initiative Grant and other Wisconsin Arts Board programming. The Wisconsin Arts Board, in turn, would like to strengthen relationships and receive feedback from us in order to expand and improve services and further develop thriving arts communities.
“Session C” Room: Lake Kawasaga

(15) Barbara Munson — WIEA “35 down – 31 To Go: Teach Respect – Not Racism#ChangeTheName, #NotYourMascot A round table discussion with resource sharing, classroom applications, Taskforce team Building, action updates, brainstorming and strategizing.
“Session H” Room: Lake Evelyn

 (16) David O’Connor — “Train the Trainers: Teacher Professional Development on Tribal Sovereignty” A new tribal sovereignty K-12 professional development module will be coming out this summer from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Get a sneak peek at the content and delivery model for the new training, which covers treaties, United States government, and tribal governments in the context of tribal sovereignty.
“Session B” Room: Lake Evelyn

(17) David O’Connor (2) —“American Indian Studies: Texts and Digital Resources” Session participants will explore and identify ways to deepen their understanding of American Indian Studies in Wisconsin through texts and digital resources. The session will discuss ideas for implementing American Indian Studies into practice. Resources and materials about Wisconsin American Indian nation’s histories, treaties, sovereignty, and cultures will be shared.
“Session F” Room: Lake Evelyn

(18) Maurina Paradise — “Framing American Indian Studies with Identity & Culture” This presentation opens with an exploration of defining identity and provide attendees exercises that can be utilized by educators of all ages and educational settings. Following this exploration, a shared definition of “culture” will be shared, seeking an open dialogue to test the limits of the definition.
“Session G” Room: Lake Evelyn

 (19) Joni Theobald — “UMOS: Resources and Services Provided to Urban & Rural Tribal Communities” Provide an overview of if the diverse programs and services to diverse populations in Wisconsin, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas. UMOS operates 40+ programs with more than $25 million grant and performance-based contracts from federal, state, and local funding sources.
“Session E” Room: Lake Kawasaga

(20) Joni Theobald (2)  UMOS: TechHire Project: Accelerated Technology Based Training Initiative in Wisconsin” The National TechHire initiative launched in 2015 with over 300 employers committed to providing Americans with the accelerated, nontraditional technical training they need to obtain better jobs and achieve better futures. The UMOS TechHire Collaborative Project focuses on preparing trainees for occupations leading to software applications developers, including front-end developers.
“Session D” Room: Lake Clawson

(21) Bob VanSchyndel — “Impact of Perception & Identity, Bias and Stereotypes” Recognizing and navigating diversity is vitally important in the work place and in the classroom.  In this interactive session, participants will learn to utilize a basic understanding of social identity to navigate classroom and workplace discussions to share personal diversity, acknowledge privilege/bias, and breakdown stereotypes.
“Session A” Room: Lake Kawasaga

(22) Greg Johnson — “Traditional Plants & Activities in the Classroom” Examples of traditional plants, food, products, activities for each and videos to show how to collect, make, etc. Audience will see how stories connect to history along with various applications in the school and home.
“Session C” Room: Lake Evelyn

(23) Lisa Hernandez (Saturday) — “Teaching songs in Ojibwemowen/Student Singing Presentations” Participants will be taught to sing in Ojibwe.
Session F” Room: Lake Clawson

(24) Cindi Stiles — LDF Historic Preservation “Can You Dig It” Participants are projected into the future to become archaeologists, the detectives of the past. Figuring out who, what, how, and why in a late 20th century house site.
“Session D” Room: Lake Kawasaga

(25) Wayne Valliere (Saturday) — “Ojibwe Language Program-Canoe Project” Traditional Ojibwe Birch Bark canoe builder Wayne Valliere (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) will share his experience in teaching and spreading the ancient and endangered knowledge of traditional canoe making. Valliere has worked with countless institutions and individuals to keep alive and in some cases, revive this incredible art.
“Session E” Room: Lake Clawson

(26) Ron DePerry — “A Presentation on the Evidence Based, K-12 Red Cliff Wellness Curriculum” Brief description of session: The presentation will consist of Alcohol and Substance Abuse from a Native American Perspective. There will be a complete display of the entire Red Cliff Wellness Curriculum that will consist of the full K-12 School Based Curriculum, the Community Based Curriculum (4) and the Home Based Curriculum which has (2) entire units. The presentation will include a historical perspective in working with schools, communities and families. Detailed description including expected outcomes: The presenter will give a historical perspective on drug education from a Native American Perspective in working with schools, communities and families. The participants will get a chance to see the entire curriculum display, ask questions. To build a complete AODA Prevention Program of Wellness, one must include the School, Community and Family.
“Session B” Room: Lake Kawasaga

(27) Melinda Young “Lac Du Flambeau Boarding School perspective and Historic Preservation Projects
“Session G” Room: Lake Tomahawk

(28) Heather Bliss/Fred Maulson — “GLIFWC’s The Full Circle Project Cultural Camp Programs” GLIFWC’s Full Circle Project cultural camp programs offer exciting opportunities through Native American cultural activities, environmental stewardship building, healthy sustainable living, and natural resource career exploration with the integration of traditional ecological knowledge. Onji Akiing From the Earth camp model will be highlighted, as well as other seasonal camp programs. GLIFWC’s Full Circle Project cultural camp programs offer exciting opportunities through Native American cultural activities, environmental stewardship building, healthy sustainable living, and natural resource career exploration with the integration of traditional ecological knowledge. GLIFWC will share a powerpoint highlighting the camp model, which is centered around the Medicine Wheel and several videos on the camps that were completed by the youth who previously attended these camps. The programs covered mostly focus on Onji-Akiing From the Earth Cultural Summer Camp Program, Ishpaagoonikaa Deep Snow Camp, Waatebagaa Changing Leaves Camp, and the Geese Nation initiatives on Treaty Rights.
“Session F” Room: Lake Tomahawk

(29) Bridgett Willey & Yancey Danielle “Why HOPE, Why Now? Engaging the Future Generation of Healthcare Professionals” HOPE is a career pathways program designed to aid underrepresented groups of high school students in understanding and researching a list of over 50 different careers in health care.

Studies show that by 2020, the United States will be facing shortages in almost all health careers, not limited to physicians and nurses. HOPE establishes a pipeline for students to go into education and training for health careers right after high school, thereby providing for a stable workforce. HOPE benefits students by offering them access to information and educational pathways into careers which have the impact to improve the economic and social circumstances for these students and their families for generations to come.
Session D” Room: Lake Evelyn

(30) Arlie Neskahi, Dine’ Nation/Forrest Funmaker, Ho-Chunk Nation Anger Resolution”
Anger Resolution is a way of understanding anger, so that a person can make empowered choices towards the resolution of that anger. Along this path we will see how important language is to the understanding and communication of our feelings and needs. This requires emotional literacy/having an emotional vocabulary, and an internal emotional state that resonates with those words. And, to be able to discover/rediscover what unmet need that emotion is signaling to us, so that we can make healthy choices to bring that need back into our lives, relationship, family, etc. It is very common for a person to confuse these messages. I have found many confusing expectations, rules and dogmatic beliefs about what anger is and how it should be dealt with. In fact, when I put up www.angerresolution.com several years ago, I was the first to use the term. Now, if you google it, you will find all kinds of sites. Some scare me regarding what they believe and teach about anger as pathological.
“Session H” Room: Lake Tomahawk

(31) April E. Lindala — “Northern Michigan University New Degree in Native American Studies Master of Educational Administration & STEM Summer Programs”  Learn the latest Northern Michigan University has to offer those looking to pursue a career in Indian Education along with the university’s Seaborg Center’s participation in the Michigan STEM Partnership. The Michigan STEM Partnership began after Governor Rick Snyder asked the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network, of which the Seaborg Center is a part of, to head efforts to promote STEM college and career readiness.
“Session E” Room: Lake Evelyn


Lake Tomahawk—Breakout room

Lake Clawson—Breakout room

Lake Kawasaga—Breakout room

Lake Evelyn—Breakout room

Outdoor Tent
Main Area:
Keynote Addresses

  1. Ricky White, Superintendent,Circle of Life Academy
  2. Justin Kii Huenemann, CEO Notah Begay III Foundation
  3. Ahniwake Rose, Executive Director, NIEA
  4. Jim Bouche, Principal/Superintendent Lakeland Union High School


A. 10:20-11:10 am         (1), (7), (11), (21)
B. 11:20 am-12:10 pm  (8), (13) (16), (26)
C. 1:35-2:25 pm             (2), (9), (14), (22)
D. 2:40-3:30 pm             (12), (20), (24), (29)
E. 10:00-10:50 am         (5), (19), (25) (31)
F. 11:00-11:50 am          (3), (17), (23) (28)
G. 1:30-2:20 pm             (6), (10), (18) (27)
H. 2:35-3:25 pm             (4), (15), (31)



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