Wisconsin American Indian Studies eCourse

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About the eCourse

The eCourse for Wisconsin American Indian Studies provides an overview to American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty in the state of Wisconsin. This eCourse is designed to introduce both historical and contemporary issues regarding tribal nations and communities within Wisconsin. 

Topics dealt with during the course include: early history, the history, the social organization and contemporary condition of Wisconsin's American Indian people, communities, and nations. Tribal nations and communities highlighted throughout the eCourse include the Chippewa or Ojibwe, Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Potawatomi, Oneida, Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican, Brothertown, and Urban Indians.

For further information about the eCourse requirements, grading, schedule of readings, and homework, please visit the Wisconsin American Indian Studies eCourse web page.

This eCourse meets the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's licensing stipulations regarding American Indian Studies and Wisconsin Act 31 requirements for educators trained outside of Wisconsin. 

American Indian Studies and Wisconsin Act 31 refers to the statutory requirement that all school districts provide instruction on the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations in the state.

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This 3 credit eCourse is being offered through CESA #11 and Viterbo University. Wisconsin American Indian Studies is a 12 week course offered completely online.

eCourse Objectives

Students by the end of the eCourse will be able to do the following:

  • Identify important historic and contemporary themes or issues relative to the American Indian nations and tribal communities of Wisconsin in regards to history, culture, and tribal sovereignty.
  • Discuss the development of these themes or issues as they relate to current and historic events in relation to the United States experience.
  • Understand the divergent experiences of Native peoples and communities in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Understand the complex and dynamic nature of the relationship between federal, state, local/county, and tribal governments.
  • Interpret present day events in relation to their historical antecedents.
  • Think critically about the historic and contemporary American Indian experience while developing an understanding of the impact of Wisconsin American Indian nations and tribal communities on the growth and development of the state of Wisconsin.
  • Develop improved teaching and learning, research, and writing skills for implementing American Indian studies content into practice.


The primary instructor for this eCourse is
Melissa Moe, CESA #11 Educational Consultant

With support from David O'Connor,
American Indian Studies Consultant
for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Required Texts

Loew, P. (2013). Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal, 2nd Edition. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society. ISBN: 9780870205033

Oestreich Lurie, N. (2002). Wisconsin Indians: Revised and Expanded Edition. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press. ISBN13: 9780870203305

Treuer, A. (2012). Everything You Wanted To Know About Indians But Were Afraid To Ask. St. Paul, MN: Borealis Books. ISBN: 9780873518611

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During the course of the semester, additional handouts of current news, articles and information will be distributed to students.

Wisconsin Teaching Standards

  • Standard 1: Know the Subjects they are Teaching
  • Standard 2: Know How Children Grow
  • Standard 3: Know Children Learn Differently

Tuition, Registration, Payment, and Timeline

eCourse Timeline: March 6, 2017 through May 28, 2017

The cost for this 3 credit eCourse is $885* per person.
Registration for participation in the eCourse>>

*This eCourse can be audited for those interested in taking the course, but do not need university credits. Individuals would be responsible only for the cost of purchasing the required texts.

If you are taking the course for credit you must complete the Viterbo University registration in addition to the above registration. Send Registration materials and tuition payment (make checks payable to "Viterbo University") to:

Attn: Melissa Moe
CESA #11
225 Ostermann Dr.
Turtle Lake, WI 54889

Interested individuals can access the syllabus and registration materials on the Wisconsin American Indian Studies eCourse web page. 

Course Requirements and Grading

Students are responsible for all materials covered in the readings and online discussion. Failure to complete any of the required assignments and examinations will constitute a failed grade. The final course grade will be determined as follows.

  • Weekly Quizzes (25%)
  • Online Participation and Attendance (25%)
  • Short Paper (3-5 pages) (12.5%)
  • Individual Book Review (3-5 pages) (12.5%)
  • Research Paper (10-12 pages) (25%)

Weekly Quizzes

The weekly quizzes will included 5 multiple choice questions and along with one short answer essay drawn from online discussions and readings.

Online Participation and Attendance

Online participation and attendance in weekly discussion are essential to the class and comprise of the final grade. Discussions are led by instructor and participation in each topic is required. The discussions are meant to challenge you to think beyond simple solutions and to get away from dichotomous answers. Additionally, you’re listening skills might also get challenged as you will read things with which you disagree and can later discuss with others.


For more information contact:
Melissa Moe, The Network Training and Supports Project Coordinator
mmoe@thenetworkwi.com or (715) 986-2020, ext. 2127