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Native American Language Workshop

  • Legendary Waters Resort and Casino 37600 Onigamiing Drive Bayfield, WI 54814 (map)

About the Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to bring awareness to what school districts and tribal language departments or divisions are doing around revitalization of Native American languages. Participants will be given an opportunity to share and exchange information and ideas about their programming and the work they are engaged in their communities and nations.

Participant Outcomes

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will:

  • share ideas and best practices around creating language activities, such as curriculum, lesson plans, resources, materials, etc.

  • analyze and discuss finding new methods to support learners' progress and comprehension (assessment).

  • have opportunities to share and learn from each other in networking sessions through small & large group activities and discussions.

  • hear about how tribal languages of the First Nations of Wisconsin are being recognized and taught by the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Target Audience

  • Culture Language Teachers

  • Tribal Education Directors and Department Staff

  • World Language Teachers (Native American)

  • Tribal Language Division Directors and Division Staff

  • School Districts

  • Early Childhood Programs

Lodging and Training Site

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Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
37600 Onigamiing Drive | Bayfield, WI 54814
Phone: (800) 226-8478

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A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $75/night at Legendary Waters Resort & Casino until Monday, May 6, 2019. Please reference "The Network" when making reservations to receive this special rate.

Participants are responsible for all costs and arrangements related to hotel reservations and lodging. Be sure to bring the appropriate documentation with you if your agency or district is tax-exempt.


Paula Fernandez – Kamewanukiw, works as a Project Co-Coordinator for the Network for Native American Student Achievement. As a Co-Coordinator, Paula 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. Currently Paula works as The 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”. She is the mother of 5 children and enjoys Native American crafts and participating in various cultural activities with her family and community.

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David 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 the program lead for the Network for Native American Student Achievement and the Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Tribal Project with Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or "The Network". 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. In addition, he provides training opportunities and presents at conferences and workshops throughout the state of Wisconsin on American Indian education and studies. David also provides general consultation on issues related to the education of American Indian students. He also serves as liaison to Wisconsin tribal education departments, Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA), Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) and the Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations.

Registration and Fees

There are no registration fees associated with this workshop.
Pre-registration, however, is REQUIRED so adequate materials and meals can be prepared.

This Workshop is Provided in Partnership with:

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Judy Ross, Program Assistant
Network for Native American Student Achievement
Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network
Phone: (715) 682-2363, ext. 118 or