2017 Conference

Click here for the 2017 Conference agenda.

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association invites you to Save the Date!

Online Registration Now Open!

The 2017 Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference titled, MINO-AYAA ‘IDIIWIN: Let’s Be Healthy Together, will be hosted by WIEA’s Northeast Region and is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2017, at The Waters of Minocqua in beautiful Minocqua, WI. The conference includes events at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and Lake of the Torches Resort Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI. Click here to register!

The 2017 Conference includes early extended programming thanks in part to a partnership between The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or “The Network”, which is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education and the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. On May 11, The Network will hold a training workshop at The Pointe Hotel in Minocqua. Additionally, on May 11, the Lac du Flambeau Healthier Community Action Team (HCAT) presents the Lac du Flambeau Health & Wellness Expo “Wii-Jii ‘Idiiwin: We Are Doing This Together”. Each year, the LdF tribe’s programs, departments and Lakeland area businesses gather at Lake of the Torches Convention Center to showcase their offerings. The Expo offers information, networking opportunities, presentations, and plenty of great raffles and door prizes throughout the day. The event takes place at the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau on May 11.

Make sure to set aside this important date on your calendar! The 2016 conference set attendance records and drew people from across the country. The 2017 conference promises to be just as big and just as exciting as last year’s. Some of Indian Country’s biggest names will once again partner with WIEA to bring the latest news, information and opportunities in American Indian and Alaskan Native education directly to you!  2017 Conference “Mino-Ayaa ‘Idiiwin: Let’s Be Healthy Together” Agenda.

In partnership with WIEA, Nicolet College in Rhinelander will be providing Continuing Education Units to attending education professionals.

Other scheduled events include a welcoming ceremony; keynote addresses; workshops/presentations both days; Native youth film festival on May 12; WIEA Conference Pow-wow at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua on May 12; pontoon history tours on May 13; color walk/run on May 13; and an awards banquet and special performances by Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company, International Singer-Songwriter Sofia Jannok and comedy show by nationally renown comedian Tito Ybarra at Lake of the Torches in Lac du Flambeau on May 13. The conference benefit show tickets can be purchased the WIEA’s booth at the Lac du Flambeau Wii Jii ‘Idiiwin: We Are Doing This Together Health & Wellness Expo at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau on May 11 or at the door on the night of the show, Saturday, May 13. Tickets are $10 for youth and students 18 years of age and under and $20 for adults. There will be two performances by Tito Ybarra: a clean version and 18+ show. All proceeds go to the Wisconsin Indian Education Association!

The 2017 WIEA Conference will feature keynote addresses by Ahniwake Rose, Executive Director, National Indian Education Association; Dr. Ricky White, Superintendent, Circle of Life Academy, White Earth, MN;  Mr. Justin Kii Huenemann, President & CEO, Notah Begay III Foundation and member of the Navajo Nation; and Mr. James Bouché, Ed. S., Principal/District Administrator, Lakeland Union High School, Minocqua, WI.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience all that’s great in American Indian education!

Mary Burns weaving.

Just Announced!
The Wisconsin Indian Education Association is pleased to welcome the Ancestral Woman’s Project traveling exhibit to the 2017 conference! The Ancestral Woman’s Exhibit is the brainchild of award winning jacquard weaver Mary Burns. The exhibit honors women’s journeys by creating their portraits in jacquard weavings. The Ancestral Woman’s Project was conceived to portray the strength of ancestral women around the world both elders and their contemporaries, to honor their life journeys. The first phase of this larger project features women elders from each of Wisconsin’s 12 Native American tribes, 11 of which are federally recognized and one, the Brothertown, which is seeking federal status.

Conference FAQ’s

Q. Who should attend? A. Almost anyone with an interest in Native American education is encouraged to participate, including teachers, students, administrators, parents, grandparents, legislators and tribal leaders.

Q. Is there an agenda we can view? A. Yes! You can view the tentative conference agenda here. Please keep in mind the agenda is evolving and will be updated regularly. Check back frequently to see the latest version.

Q. Is there a cost?  A. Yes, the Wisconsin Indian Education Association is a non-profit organization, with the annual conference being the main fundraising source for the organization’s annual operating budget. The cost varies depending on age and level of participation. Click here for the conference registration page and once there, please click the blue “SELECT A DATE” button to choose a date. Once a date has been selected, you will need to click on the green “TICKETS” button for the entire list of event packages/pricing options. PLEASE READ THROUGH ALL OF THE TICKET OPTIONS TO DETERMINE WHICH TICKET YOU WISH TO PURCHASE.

Q. What will I gain by attending? A. You will gain an invaluable look into what’s happening in Native education. This, along with networking opportunities, workshops, presentations, and keynote addresses provides an experience you won’t soon forget! And that’s not including the youth paint run/walk, pow-wow at Lakeland Union High School, annual awards banquet and special concert by Sami singing sensation Sofia Jannok!

Q. Can I pay offline? A. Yes. While we encourage all participants to pre-register online, you may also mail your registration payment directly to WIEA. Please make your check or money order payable to the Wisconsin Indian Education Association and mail to: WIEA Treasurer, N5448 Broder Road, Shawano, WI 54166 (Please indicate which ticket level, E.g. Early Bird Educators Group Rate, Early Bird Adult Full Conference, Early Bird Adult Friday – no banquet).

Q. Who can I contact with any other questions regarding conference early bird registration? A. Contact Ashley Maki, Director Education – Gikendaasowin, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, (715) 588-7925 Ext 4390. Note: Early bird registration has closed.

If you have any additional questions regarding the 2017 WIEA Conference, please contact Brian Jackson at (715)

Q. Is there a “Youth Day” or other events specifically for youth and students? A. Yes! On Friday, May 12 there will be a conference pow-wow and feast beginning at 5:30 pm at Lakeland Union High School and Native film festival at 9 pm at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino. Saturday, May 13 has been designated conference Youth Day! There will be a conference Color Walk/Run beginning at 7:00 am in Lac du Flambeau, WI, at the LdF Public School, basketball camp at Lakeland Union High School and much more! Check back for additional information, which will be updated as the conference nears! For more information, please contact Doreen Wawronowicz at (715) 614-2512.

WIEA Scholarship

In keeping with its continuing commitment to higher education, the Wisconsin Indian Education Association is pleased to provide scholarship assistance to American Indian students attending institutes of higher education for the 2017– 2018 academic year. This scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship, not based on financial need.

The scholarship is open to the following:

  • 2017 Graduating high school seniors
  • One (1) to two (2) year program students
  • Four-year college students (second semester freshman, sophomore, junior or senior)
  • Graduate or Ph.D. student

These are merit-based scholarships requiring the students to write an essay and be above average academically. To date, 35 Wisconsin Indians have been awarded W.I.E.A. Scholarships.

The scholarship deadline is quickly approaching! Submit your application by June 1, 2017!

Click here to download the 2017 scholarship application.

Annual Awards Banquet

Each year, WIEA recognizes individuals who have made a lasting impact on the educational opportunities of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in Wisconsin. WIEA’s overall mission is centered around fostering increased education for disadvantaged Indian people. Often, through these efforts, individuals emerge who demonstrate a willingness to promote and advocate for the WIEA service populations.

The awards banquet will be held on the evening of Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 5:45 pm at Lake of the Torches Convention Center.

Click here to view awards criteria.

Click here for the awards nomination form.

Presenter Proposal Submission Period has Closed

The Presenter Proposal submission period has closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted proposals! It is through your dedication and participation that we’re able, together, to provide the latest and best information to conference participants! We have some exciting presentations and workshops scheduled for this year’s conference! Check back to view an updated conference agenda for more information.

Vendor Information

Vendor registration has closed.

Vendors are welcomed! Click here for our conference vendor page!

There are two separate categories for vendors this year. The first is a “Selling Vendor” and the second is a “Resource Vendor.” A “Selling Vendor” is an individual or group that is selling arts, crafts or other products for profit. A “Resource Vendor” is an individual or group that offer information or resources free of charge.

This year’s venue, The Waters of Minocqua, offers attractive amenities and comfortable accommodations, whether you’re setting up a single table or full booth. Space is limited and requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Vendor registration has closed.

If you are interested in advertising or selling your goods or services at the conference, please fill out and send the completed 2017 Conference Vendor Registration Form along with your check or money order (payments should be made out to the Wisconsin Indian Education Association) to:

Susie Crazy Thunder
5364 College Drive
P.O. Box 158
Rhinelander, WI
(715) 365-4434


You are invited to be part of the 2017 Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA) Annual Conference through a tax-deductible sponsorship. The WIEA Conference is the only statewide conference that specifically addresses issues in Native American education at all educational levels: from early childhood programs to graduate and professional schools. Your sponsorship will give hundreds of youth, educators, parents, community members and representatives from businesses and organizations—Native and non—Native the chance to teach and learn about how to best educate Native children so they can achieve their maximum potential.

Consider being a part of the 2017 WIEA Conference!

Platinum Sponsor – $10,000 or more

Full page ad in conference program, Recognition/Acknowledgement at conference, on conference material, and on WIEA website

Gold Sponsor – $5000

½ Page ad in conference program, Recognition/Acknowledgement at conference, on conference materials, and on WIEA website.

Silver Sponsor – $2500

¼ page ad in conference program, Recognition/Acknowledgement at conference, on conference materials and on WIEA website.

Bronze Sponsor – $1200

Recognition/Acknowledgement at conference, on conference materials and on WIEA website.

Copper Sponsor – $500

Recognition/Acknowledgement on conference materials and on WIEA website.

Another way that you can support 2017 WIEA Conference is by providing a scholarship to an individual/teacher/student to attend the conference.

One Individual/Adult Conference Registration Scholarship – $400

One Individual/Student Conference Registration Scholarship – $250

Please make checks or money orders payable to: WIEA Northeast Region. Return this form and sponsorship in the stamped return envelope provided by April 30, 2017 (WIEA TAX EXEMPT #36-160858). Sponsorships may be sent to WIEA Treasurer Mrs. Virginia Nuske at N5448 Broder Road, Shawano, WI 54166.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Brian Jackson at 715-588-3838 ext. 212 or by email by clicking here  or Susan Crazy Thunder by clicking here or calling 715-365-4434.

Click here to download the 2017 Conference Sponsorship Form.



Conference Registration Fee Refunds

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association will honor conference registration fee refund requests, although there is a small $35 processing fee per registrant.

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