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22nd Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute

  • School District of Black River Falls 410 County Rd A Black River Falls, WI 54615 (map)
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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 American Indian nations and tribal communities in Wisconsin. 

The 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.

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School District of Black River Falls              
(Red Creek Elementary)
410 County Rd A
Black River Falls, WI 54615
Map and Directions

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 previous summer institutes have included the following: 

  • District Administrators and Principals
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Curriculum Specialist, Directors of Instruction, Library Media Specialists
  • Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) 
  • Administrators and Staff
  • Home-School/Title VI/Johnson O'Malley (JOM) Coordinators and Staff
  • Tribal Education Directors and Staff
  • College and University (ex: Schools of Education) Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Any others with an interest in American Indian studies and education of Native American students. 


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 and large 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 cultural activities.

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, University of Wisconsin-Madison credit is available for an additional fee. To register for credit, please contact Aaron Bird Bear or (608) 262-8427.

Fees and Registration

REGISTER  before June 15, 2018 for $250 or before
July 16, 2018 for $325!

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Payment Information

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 $250 per person if registered before June 15, 2018, or $325 if registration is received by July 16, 2018 and $400 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. Space is limited, so please register early.

Refunds must be requested in writing before Monday, July 23, 2018. (A $50 administrative fee will be deducted from the amount refunded. No refunds will be granted for non-attendees).

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

If paying by check, please make it payable to DPI and send it, along with a copy of your registration confirmation, to:  

Department of Public Instruction
Elena Sialer de Bradley, Business Office
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI  53707-7841

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