American Indian/Alaska Native

There are eleven federally recognized American Indian tribes in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Indians highly value education, resulting in the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. Their mission is “to promote and support education and educationally related opportunities for American Indian people in Wisconsin.”  

Act 31 directed that American Indian history, culture and tribal sovereignty be taught in Wisconsin schools for grades 4, 8, and 10. This helps teachers incorporate culturally responsive practices in the classroom, and provides validation for American Indian students. For these students, an ideal teacher is “intimately acquainted with cultural learning and teaching methods” (Dessart & Muscavitch). It is also important for teachers to validate original languages and the American Indian worldview.

To enhance your understanding of aspects of American Indian/Alaska Native cultures, the center recommends educators take part in seven experiences. Opportunities are highlighted below. For an overview of the seven experiences, please click here.


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A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children edited by Doris Seale and Beverly Slapin

Thanksgiving: A Native Perspective by Doris Seale and Beverly Slapin

Collected Wisdom by Thomas Peacock/Linda Miller Cleary

Eagle Crest Readers – Native children doing what kids do: modern settings, leveled readers

The Good Path: Ojibwe Learning and Activity Book for Kids by Thomas Peacock and Marlene Wisuri

Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal  by Patty Loew

Native People of Wisconsin by Patty Loew

Native People of Wisconsin Teacher’s Guide and Student Materials by Patty Loew

The Seventh Generation: Native Students Speak  About Finding the Good Path by Amy Bergstrom, Linda Miller Cleary, and Thomas Peacock

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neil Grace

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson

Thomas Peacock (Author)

Patty Loew (Author) 

Oyate – Publisher

  • Evaluates books and curriculum
  • Offers workshops
  • Sells American Indian books


American Indian Student Achievement Network

National Indian Education Association

Teaching Respect for Native Peoples – Oyate

Wisconsin Indian Education Association

Widening the Circle Act 31 Conference

Community Site Visits

First Nations Traveling Resource – Carol Amour (From Lac Du Flambeau)

Great Lakes Intertribal Council

Tribal Community Center

Guest Speakers

David O’Connor

J.P. Leary

Lisa Poupart

Patty Loew

Priscilla Dessart

School Site Visits

Black River Falls (Ho-Chunk) 

Indian Community School – intertribal

Lac Du Flambeau

Oneida Nation Schools

Turtle School – on tribal land


By Student Group

African American



American Indian/Alaska Native

By Experience Type


Book Studies

Coaching and Modeling

Conferences and Workshops

Community Site Visits

Guest Speakers 

School Visits

Why CRP?

1. Wisconsin students are becoming increasingly diverse.

2. Culturally responsive practices make a difference.

3. RtI is a systems change model that examines universal practices, and monitors who is successful with and without interventions.

Additional Information

Culturally Responsive Glossary

Model to Inform Culturally Responsive Practices

Cultural Practices That Are Relevant - PD Vision

Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network "The Network"