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20th Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute

  • School District of Crandon (High School) 9750 US Hwy 8 West Crandon, WI 54520 (map)

About the Institute

The annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute is an active, highly participatory, week-long workshop designed to increase participants’ understanding of issues related to the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities in Wisconsin. 

The goals of the summer institute relate to both American Indian Studies and the education of American Indian students. The summer institute aims to improve teaching and learning and to enrich student services, resulting in both becoming more culturally responsive. Participants will learn how to adapt or develop new techniques best suited to their unique circumstances.  View the brochure >>

Sponsored by

American Indian Studies Program, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Forest County Potawatomi  ●  Sokaogon Chippewa Community   
School District of Crandon

Who Should Attend

Anyone with a personal or professional interest in American Indian Studies and/or American Indian education is welcome to attend. Past participants of summer institutes have included: Head Start and pre-school staff, 4K-12 (public, tribal, private, or charter) educators, pre-service teachers, classroom teachers, teacher aides, school counselors, social workers, psychologists, curriculum specialists, library media specialists, home-school coordinators, Title VII and Johnson O’Malley (JOM) coordinators and administrators, principals and superintendents, tribal education staff, college and university (especially schools of education) students, faculty, staff and administrators, and others with an interest in American Indian Studies and education of American Indian students.  

Note:  This event meets licensing stipulations or requirements for educators
trained outside Wisconsin.

Location and Lodging

School District of Crandon (High School)
9750 US Hwy 8 West
Crandon, WI 54520

Click here for hotel and lodging information.


Classroom sessions use a variety of teaching methods and provide opportunities for both presenters and participants to share information, resources, best practices, and model programs.  A field trip and other sessions outside the classroom provide opportunities for experiential learning.  Rich discussions allow everyone to share their insights and reactions.  Perhaps most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to develop an action plan to teach others what they have learned.  Events will include a celebration of the relationships we have made and the things we have learned at the summer institute with a traditional feast and cultural activities.  View the tentative Agenda >>

Staff and Presenters

Our staff and presenters come from a variety of academic and personal backgrounds.  These individuals serve as resource people and mentors, and they assist in facilitating daily small group sessions designed to help participants process what they have learned and develop an action plan that extends their learning to others.

College Credit

For participants interested in college credit, one University of Wisconsin-Madison credit is available for an additional fee. To register for credit, please contact Aaron Bird Bear at or (608) 262-8427.

Registration and Fees

All participants are required to register.  Registration includes printed materials related to American Indian Studies.  A lunch and snacks are provided daily. 

Participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation.

The registration fee is $300 per person if registered before June 17, 2016, or $375 if registration is received by July 15, 2016 and $450 onsite.  Discounted group rates are also available.  Due to the nature of this event, registrations for only a portion of the summer institute are not available.

Note: Refunds must be requested in writing before July 22, 2016.  (A $50 administrative fee will be deducted from the amount refunded.  No refunds will be granted for non-attendees.)

Space is limited, so please register early. 


Contact David O’Connor, Education Consultant, American Indian Studies Program, at or 608-267-2283.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or disability.