WIEA Annual Awards

WIEA Annual Awards

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. Click here for award nomination form.

WIEA recognizes annually individuals in the following categories:

I. Outstanding American Indian Student of the Year

One award will be given for each of the following categories:

  • Pre-K – 3rd Grade Student
  • 4th – 7th Grade Student
  • 8th – 10th Grade Student
  • 11th – 12th Grade Student
  • Two Year Vocational/Technical Student
  • Bachelor Degree–Undergraduate Student
  • Graduate Degree–Graduate/Post Graduate Student


Explain how the nominee demonstrates exceptional promise in the following areas:

  • Respect for self, other, and the environment
  • Personal growth and character
  • Academics: grade level/developmentally appropriate
  • Sound judgment
  • Creativity
  • Appreciation for work done well by others
  • Cultural knowledge; practice of traditional ways; tribally enrolled
  • Gifted and Talented programs

II. Outstanding Indian Elder of the Year

A Tribal Elder whose leadership, vision, creativity and commitment have contributed substantially to Tribal Education. Nominee must be at least 55 years old.


Explain how the nominee demonstrates the following:

  • Promotes Native American language and culture
  • Improves the overall quality of education in the community
  • Significantly impacts a school and /or local community
  • Assists in implementing multi-ethnic teaching materials
  • Is a positive role model for Indian youth and parents
  • Demonstrates involvement with young people

III. Indian Educator of the Year

An enrolled tribal member who by leadership, vision, creativity and commitment, has contributed to the quality and opportunities in education for American Indian people in Wisconsin.


  • Explain how the nominee demonstrates the following:
  • Establishes innovative educational programs which enhance Indian student education
  • Works within the community to create awareness of Indian education
  • Significantly impacts the school and local community
  • Lobbies for legislation, to improve Indian student service delivery
  • Promotes educational equity for students
  • Coordinates training for counselors and teachers
  • Establishes American Indian Programs and/or instructional materials

IV. Ronald N. Satz – Friend of Indian Education

A non-Indian person who, by leadership, vision and creativity, is committed to working with tribal members to provide quality, formal educational opportunities for Native American students, and to promote Native culture and history in public education.


Explain how the nominee demonstrates the following:

  • Develops, publishes or implements accurate historical and cultural curriculum materials
  • Establishes innovative educational programs that enhance Indian education
  • Designs programs utilizing multi-ethnic teaching materials sensitive to American Indian culture and heritage
  • Active in the development of model programs that deal with sensitizing the public about Tribal issues and concerns in Wisconsin.

V. Indian Parent(s) of the Year

Indian parent(s) who serve as dedicated natural role models who are consistently proactive and involved in their children’s tribal cultural education, their academic school based education/activities and their tribal community.


Explain how the nominee demonstrates the following:

  • Shares leadership role in community and education activities
  • Serves as a model to other Indian parents and children through participation in community activities
  • Active volunteer in school and community events
  • Promotes American Indian culture and heritage throughout the community
  • Encourages parents and children to strive for personal excellence


  • Awards will be presented each year at the WIEA Conference Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet.
  • Recipients will be notified by mail prior to the conference.
  • Honorable Mention will be given to 2nd place nominees.
  • Awarded participants are eligible once per category

You can download the nomination criteria by clicking here or click here for the awards nomination form.

For questions contact: Amy Poupart, NARCH Program Coordinator Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. Phone: (715) 588-1077 Email: apoupart@glitc.org or Natalia Graf at (715) 588-1018 Email: ngraf@glitc.org.

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