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Knowing Our Neighbors: Wisconsin American Indian Nations and Tribal Communities

  • Radisson Hotel and Conference Center 2040 Airport Drive Green Bay, WI 54313 (map)

Training Description


Understanding the educational experiences and perspectives of American Indian students in Wisconsin has profound implications for both district policies and instructional methodology when transforming systems to educate all students. Through counter-narratives shared by American Indians, learn about the rights, responsibilities, and misinformation surrounding Native people and education.

Apply the Courageous Conversations protocol to examine, recognize and appropriately address the American Indian students' struggles and emotions connected with educational assimilation; and understand the concepts of "invisible identity" and "walking in two worlds."

Participant Outcomes

As a result of attending this training, participants will:

  • gain an understanding of the unique circumstances facing Native people in society

  • deepen their understanding of the American Indian experience through the counter-stories shared throughout the day-long conversation

  • gain an understanding of the American Indian historical trauma and the effect it has on today's students, families, communities, and nations

  • examine how societal patterns and experiences for American Indian students plays out in their education

  • explore ways in which school systems institutionalize practices that marginalize American Indian students

  • discover and examine ways to transform our school environments into places that nurture growth and foster high-level engagement and achievement for American Indian students

  • receive useful classroom strategies for culturally responsive practices that can be implemented into your practice



Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
2040 Airport Drive | Green Bay, WI 54313
Phone: (920) 494-7300

A block of rooms has been reserved at the state rate until Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Please reference "Knowing Our Neighbors” when making reservations to receive this special rate.

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.



Kamewanukiw Paula M. Rabideaux works as a Project Coordinator for the Network for Native American Student Achievement where she develops training and supports with a Native American focus to assist LEA's in developing a culturally responsive educational environment. Paula holds a BS in American Indian Studies, a BS in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, and a BBA in Marketing. For 20+ years Paula has worked in Education as a Culture and Language teacher, Culture Coordinator, and a Cultural Resource Specialist. As an educator, Paula mentored staff and eventually directed the incorporation of Culturally Responsive classroom practices across the district. Throughout her career in education Paula has worked at the local, state, and national level as a presenter and consultant on Native American culture, education, and curriculum development. Additionally, Paula is a Culturally Responsive Practices Technical Assistance Coordinator with the WI RtI Center where she works with schools statewide to assist them in developing a Culturally Responsive multi-level system of supports. Paula is a member of the Menominee Nation turtle clan, and her Menominee name Kamewanukiw - translates to "Rain Woman".

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Bwaakoningwiid David J. O'Connor is originally from and is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) in northern Wisconsin. In January 2012, he became the American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He is also a Grant Director with the Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network for the Network for Native American Student Achievement and the Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Tribal Project. In David's role at DPI, he supports school districts' efforts to provide instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin's American Indian nations and tribal communities, often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31 and the education of Native American students.

Standards Addressed

These seminar specifically address Wisconsin State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicators 4B, 9 & 10.

  • Charlotte Danielson’s Framework: 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a. 3e, 4c, 4e, 4f

  • Stronge Performance Standards and Indicators: 1.3, 1.7, 1.9, 2.3, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.7

  • InTasc Teaching Standards: #2, 4, 5, 9 & 10


  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast (Provided)

  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Workshop

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch (Provided)

  • 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm Afternoon Workshop 

Fees, and Registration

Registration is limited to 75 individualsPre-registration is required.

  • Scholarships through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) will be applied to the registration fees for specific districts and/or tribes that qualify.

  • For those agencies/organizations that do not qualify for a scholarship, the cost of holding this training seminar start at $150/person, which covers lunch, instructional costs, staff time, and supplies.

  • For more information on fees or to determine if you qualify for a registration scholarship, please visit our website or go to the registration link for the specific training.

For additional questions regarding scholarship eligibility, contact Angie Balfe, Network Manager, at or (920) 236-0885.


For questions related to registration or LEA status, contact:


Angie Balfe. Grant Manager 
Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network
Phone: (920) 236-0885 or

For general questions, contact:

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Jen Watton - Program Assistant,
Network for Native American Student Achievement
Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network
Phone: (262) 443-5022 or