Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Website Helps Educators Teach About Wisconsin’s Native Nations

Members of Native American tribes participate in a grand entry drumming and dance ceremony  during a Spring Powwow at the UW-Madison Stock Pavillion.  Image Courtesy of Jeff Miller and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Members of Native American tribes participate in a grand entry drumming and dance ceremony
during a Spring Powwow at the UW-Madison Stock Pavillion.
Image Courtesy of Jeff Miller and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
November 12, 2015.
Käri Knutson, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has written a exciting article introducing WisconsinAct31.org, which is a new website aimed help teachers fulfill Wisconsin's Act 31 which requires "instruction in the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized tribes and bands in the state at both K-12 schools and in teacher education programs. Since July 1991 anyone seeking a license to serve as a professional educator in the state must receive instruction in these areas".

"The new website provides resources on each of the tribal nations as well as suggested lesson plans. The idea is to efficiently help educators focus their instruction on their contemporary tribal neighbors and help educators confidently identify materials and resources illuminating the cultures, languages, histories and governmental structures of the 11 American Indian nations and one non-federally recognized nor state-recognized nation of Wisconsin. "
-Käri Knutson, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

To read the full articleclick here.

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