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American Indian Studies in Wisconsin

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

About the Training

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This training will provide in-depth presentation and discussion on American Indian Studies in Wisconsin (often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31). The focus of the training is to help educators understand and implement Wisconsin Act 31, which is a state law requiring all public school districts and pre-service teacher programs to provide instruction on the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations in the state of Wisconsin.

This training is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and information they need to integrate the requirements of American Indian Studies into lesson plans, material selections, pedagogical practices, and district curriculum. Information about the Wisconsin American Indian nations' histories, treaty rights, sovereignty, and cultures will be presented throughout the training.

Participant Outcomes

As a result of participating in this training, participants will:

  • Have an opportunity to share best practices, information, model programs, and resources with administrators and teachers.

  • Increase knowledge about American Indian Studies in Wisconsin.

  • Meet the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's licensing stipulations regarding American Indian Studies and Wisconsin Act 31 requirements for educators trained outside of Wisconsin.

***Please note this training workshop will meet the licensure stipulation if the training workshop is completed along with completing two follow-up assignments. These assignments will be discussed in detail at the completion of the training workshop.

Target Audience

  • District Administrators

  • Principals

  • Directors of Instruction/Curriculum Coordinators

  • K-12 Teachers

  • Any others with an interest in American Indian Studies

Training and Lodging Site


Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center
1001 Amber Avenue | Stevens Point, WI 54482
Phone: (715) 344-0200, press #3 | Booking Link >>

A block of rooms has been reserved at the state rate at Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center until Saturday, December 14, 2019. Please reference "The Network” or Group Block Code “AIS” when making reservations to receive this special rate. Booking Link >>

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.


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Bwaakoningwiid 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

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

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

Schedule Overview

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

  • 9:00 am - 11:30 pm | Morning Training

  • 11:30 pm - 12:15 pm | Lunch (Provided)

  • 12:15 pm - 3:00 pm | Afternoon Training


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Judy Ross
Program Assistant, Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Tribal Project Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network;
Program Assistant III, Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) #12
Phone: (715) 682-2363, ext. 118 or