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Celebrating Wisconsin American Indian Culture, Language and Literacy

  • Holiday Inn Stevens Point - Convention Center 1001 Amber Avenue Stevens Point, WI 54482 (map)

About the Event


Like many communities and cultures, American Indians use storytelling as a way to pass down traditions, customs and history. Through the exploration of these oral traditions and the shared stories from Louis Clark III and Margaret Noodin, we can learn about and celebrate, the history, language and traditions of tribal nations and communities. 

In the morning of this day-long event, Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes) will discuss how he subverted and broke the rules of contemporary literature by being true his own vision. Louis will discuss obstacles he confronted on the way to letting his voice be heard, and show how an audience can be found if your writing is true, and pure, and honest. In the afternoon, join Dr. Margaret Noodin will share her writing and speak about language revitalization and Indigenous pedagogy.

Participant Outcomes

As a result of attending this training, participants will:

  • deepen their understanding of the American Indian experience through stories and information shared throughout the day-long training
  • learn about and gain an understanding of the unique circumstances faced by Native people in the past and today and the effect it has on today's students, families, and communities
  • identify the historical, cultural, and linguistic diversity and significance in American Indian oral traditions, stories, and written literature
  • understand the historical experiences and contemporary issues of American Indian peoples and nations through literacy
  • be introduced to new ways American Indian literature and storytelling can be incorporated into classrooms or programming through projects and activities

Target Audience

  • District Administrators and Principals
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Curriculum Specialists, Directors of Instruction, Library Media Specialists
  • School Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists
  • Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) Administrators and Staff
  • Home-School/Title VI/Johnson O'Malley (JOM) Coordinators and Staff
  • Tribal Education Directors and Staff
  • Head Start and Preschool Staff
  • College and University (especially Schools of Education) Students, Faculty, and Staff

***Any others with an interest in American Indian Studies and education of Native American students

About the Presenters

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Louis V. Clark III, born and raised on the Oneida Reservation of Wisconsin, turned to a unique blend of poetry and storytelling (creating his own voice) to continue the "oral tradition" of his people. His recent work, “How to be an Indian in the 21st Century" was released by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in 2017. He and his wife, traditionally looking ahead seven generations, have raised six children who have all earned their college degrees. At this time the household is blessed with 12 grandchildren.

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Margaret Noodin received an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also serves at the Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature and Weweni, a collection of bilingual poems in Ojibwe and English. Her poems and essays have been anthologized and published in Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Poetry Magazine, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Water Stone Review, and Yellow Medicine Review. With her daughters, Shannon and Fionna, she is a member of Miskwaasining Nagamojig (the Swamp Singers) a women’s hand drum group whose lyrics are all in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe).  


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Holiday Inn Stevens Point - Convention Center
Meeting Room: Expo 1
1001 Amber Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54482
Ph: (715) 344-0200

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Stevens Point - Convention Center at the state rate until Sunday, April 15, 2018. For room reservations in the block, call 715-344-0200, press #3, and reference CESA #11 and the Group Block Code: CES.

Participants are responsible for their own reservations and hotel costs. If your district is tax-exempt, be sure to bring a copy of the information with you when checking in.

Registration, Fees, and Schedule

There are no fees to attend this event,
but pre-registration is required. 


On the day of the training, registered participants will receive complimentary copies of:

  • Louis V. Clark III's book, How to be an Indian
    in the 21st Century
  • Dr. Margaret Noodin's book, Weweni: Poems in Anishinaabemowin and English


8:30 am - 9:00 am  Registration and Breakfast (Provided)
9:00 am - 11:30 pm  Morning Seminar with Louis V. Clark III
11:30 am - 12:15 pm  Lunch (Provided)
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm  Afternoon Seminar with Dr. Margaret Noodin
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm  Meet our Speakers: Question and Answer Session


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Melissa Moe
Training and Supports Project Coordinator,
Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network
Ph: (715) 986-2020, ext. 2127 or

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