Wisconsin Indian Education mourns the loss of iconic figure
It is with great sorrow that the Wisconsin Indian Education Association sends its deepest respects to the family and friends upon the passing of their father, husband, brother and grandfather, Alan Caldwell. A lifelong supporter of Native education, Alan was instrumental in advocating for and then helping to develop Wisconsin Act 31 – legislation which requires all public school districts to provide historically accurate instruction in the history, culture and sovereignty of the tribal nations in Wisconsin. Alan passed away Thursday, December 22, 2016, in Neenah, WI.
“Alan was an icon, and embodied the resilience, determination and vision we all strive to achieve,” said Wisconsin Indian Education Association President Brian Jackson. “His legacy is forever embodied in Wisconsin history, and he will be missed dearly,” added Jackson.
Alan, a tribal member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, served 35 years as a classroom teacher, school principal, administrator, youth sports coach, educational consultant and college professor. He also served on the board of directors of the Menominee Tribal Enterprises; College of Menominee Nation; ACLU of Wisconsin and National Indian Education Association. Alan was a gubernatorial appointee to the American Indian Language and Culture Education Board and a retired member of the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Prior to his career in education, Alan served in the U.S. Army from 1968 –1971.
“Much of the work done in Wisconsin Indian education can be attributed directly to Alan’s leadership in the area of issue advocacy and policy development,” shared Jackson. “We, along with the entire educational community in the state and beyond, are in a state of mourning as we grieve the loss of one of our greatest allies.”
Jackson says the Wisconsin Indian Education Association will carry on Alan’s memory and his life’s work in both furthering the educational opportunities of American Indians and promoting their history and culture in mainstream society.
“Alan made his own mark on American Indian history in Wisconsin and we look to carry on his vision of a better tomorrow for Indian people here and everywhere,” said Jackson.