First Nations Website Launched

The recently launched WisconsinFirstNations.org website provides educators with accurate and authentic educational materials for teaching and learning of American Indian Studies in Wisconsin. The website invites educators to explore the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin First Nations through PK-12 educational videos, lesson plans, and learning tools that address current academic standards and enhance understanding.

The website provides teacher professional development resources and materials, including a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for answering those hard-to-ask questions educators may have about Native people, nations, cultures, histories, and tribal sovereignty. In addition, exemplar videos are provided featuring Wisconsin teachers modeling how to incorporate American Indian Studies in Wisconsin into students’ everyday learning. Examples of resources related specifically to geography on the website include the websites interactive Map, Native Lands Map, Place-Based Education, Seats of Government, and The Ways Map.

The WisconsinFirstNations.org assists educators in fulfilling Wisconsin Act 31, which is the statutory requirement that all school districts and pre-service education programs provide instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the American Indian nations and tribal communities in Wisconsin.

The development of this resource was developed by the Wisconsin Act 31 Coalition Partners, a network of organizations in Wisconsin dedicated to the development of resources and implementation of Wisconsin Act 31. The partners include: Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Education, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Indian Education Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, the Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay First Nation Studies, and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

David J. O’Connor

American Indian Studies Consultant

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction