About the Study Circles Online Conversation
The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network, or “The Network,” is offering a unique opportunity for all participating school staff, equity teams, and partners for continuing our personal and professional racial equity work, with a focus on the American Indian student experience. Join us in a Study Circles Online Conversation and the exploration the book, Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal by Patty Loew. Each online session will use Loew’s book as a foundation for the conversation while exploring the impact of the opportunity gap on our American Indian students in the state of Wisconsin.
The Study Circles Online Conversations help to address racial and ethnic barriers to student achievement and family involvement by engaging school staff, community members and partners in dialogue and problem solving.
About the Book
From origin stories to contemporary struggles over treaty rights and sovereignty issues, the best-selling Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal explores Wisconsin’s rich Native tradition. This long-awaited revised edition includes new material reflecting contemporary historical events and initiatives of the twenty-first century, covering the economic, social, and environmental advancements of the Native communities. New chapters are devoted to discussions of urban Indians and the Brothertown Indian Nation.
This unique volume—based on the historical perspectives of the state’s Native peoples—includes compact tribal histories of the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oneida, Menominee, Mohican, Ho-Chunk, and Brothertown Indians. Patty Loew focuses on oral tradition—stories, songs, the recorded words of Indian treaty negotiators, and interviews—along with other untapped Native sources, such as tribal newspapers, to present a distinctly different view of history. Elders and tribal historians in each of the Native communities participated in the book’s development—recommending sources, making suggestions, and offering criticism as the book unfolded. And in two new forewords, Paul DeMain (editor of News From Indian Country) and J. P. Leary (assistant professor of Humanistic Studies–First Nation Studies at UW–Green Bay) help readers understand how the history Patty Loew chronicles in Indian Nations is the history of all of us.
Lavishly illustrated with maps and more than 140 photographs, Indian Nations of Wisconsin is indispensable to anyone interested in the region’s history and its Native peoples.
Each Study Circles Online Conversation will consist of one 60-minute orientation session followed by three 1.5 hour discussion sessions.
These sessions will be a facilitated online conversation using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.
Orientation (required) | Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm via Zoom
Session #1 | Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm via Zoom
Session #2 | Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm via Zoom
Session #3 | Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm via Zoom
This Study Circles Online Conversation will be facilitated by:
Kamewanukiw Paula M. Rabideaux
Project Coordinator, Network for Native American Student Achievement and Network Training and Supports,, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or "The Network"
David J. O’Connor
American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Grant Director - Network for Native American Student Achievement and Early Childhood Tribal Project, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or "The Network"
As a result of this Study Circles Online Conversation, participants will:
have an opportunity to read and discuss the selected book with other participants from across Wisconsin
engage in conversations with colleagues and explore multiple perspectives about American Indian studies and the education of American Indian students
address misconceptions and stereotypes of American Indian peoples, communities, and nations
Standards Being Addressed
These networking meetings specially address WI 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
Registration, Books, and Costs
There are no registration fees to participate in this Study Circles Online Conversation, but pre-registration is required and limited to the first 30 individuals*.
*Priority enrollment will be given to districts that were identified in 2019 as having disproportionality in their special education programming.
Participants are initially provided with a copy of the book at no charge.
Participation in the orientation session is a prerequisite to receiving the complimentary book. NOTE: Books will not be sent until the orientation meeting has been held.
Those who participate in less than 2 of the 3 Study Circles sessions will be invoiced administrative and book costs.
For questions related to registration or LEA status, contact: