Training Programs

Native American Task Force In-service Programs
In-service professional development programs are available upon request. Contact Brian Gauthier for more information. These in-service programs are planned for UW-Extension staff, to be held in tribal communities.

Immersion Experiences
Immersion experiences in cooperation with Native communities can be planned and develop with the assistance of Native American Task Force members. Contact Brian Gauthier for a complete description of the immersion experience and an application.

Supporting Resources

Wisconsin Act 31
Wisconsin Act 31 of 1989, and subsequent provisions of 1991, requires that each school board of Wisconsin, as part of their social studies curriculum, include instruction in the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized Indian tribes and bands in Wisconsin. Schools are required to teach American Indian studies at least 3 times throughout a student’s K-12 career and must maintain instructional materials which appropriately reflect diverse cultures. 

Additional resources and teacher case studies can be found at the WI DPI website.

The Native American Task Force assisted in the development of Act 31 by conducting a survey of Wisconsin school districts, Colleges of Education, and Cooperative Education Service Agencies, to gather information on the needs of public schools and their desires for educational materials pertinent to Wisconsin Act 31 of 1991. Click here to find more information.

Milwaukee County—University of Wisconsin (UW) Cooperative Extension American Indian Community Partnership (AICP) Initiative
The Milwaukee County UWEX office expanded its outreach efforts in Milwaukee’s Native American communities in 2016 as well as sought to understand the resources and connections to various Wisconsin reservations. Here’s a summary of those efforts

The University of Wisconsin American Indian Studies Program

Print Materials

Native Americans In Wisconsin
This 35 page booklet is published by the Native American Task Force. In a question and answer format, it provides significant information on the history, culture and common ground of Native Americans in Wisconsin. Order form can be obtained by contacting Brian Gauthier.

Native Wisconsin: official guide to Native American communities in Wisconsin   Native Wisconsin serves as the official guide to Native American Communities in Wisconsin.  The publication has been produced and printed with funding provided in part by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW).The cooperative effort is spearheaded by the NATOW Advisory Board that consists of representatives from all the Wisconsin Tribes.

Indian Nations of Wisconsin, Histories of Endurance and Renewal  This 160 page book by Bad River Tribal member and UW Madison-Northwestern College Professor Patty Loew presents the history of Wisconsin’s Native peoples from their own perspective.

Wisconsin State Historical Society Native Nations of Wisconsin Resources     A catalog of resources that can be ordered from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Web Sites

Videos and DVDs

  • The Gift
    This video shares the Native American perspective on Wisconsin’s Sesquicentennial. The brief Wisconsin history lesson provided focuses on the native Wisconsin residents’ history prior to and following statehood, linking generations from long before Wisconsin’s statehood to the present.
    Order this video by contacting Brian Gauthier.
  • Common Ground
    Order this video by contacting Brian Gauthier.
  • Ancient Ways Modern People
    This video focuses on the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, visits Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin in an attempt to alleviate misconceptions about Indian communities and culture in Wisconsin. Looks at tribal government and its various departments. Filmed in 1995.
    Order this video by contacting Brian Gauthier.
  • Taking Control: Making a Difference in Indoor Air Quality
    Order this video by contacting Brian Gauthier.
  • Native Shorelines – Native Heritage
    Produced by Kurt Moser and Brian Gauthier, UW-Extension, 2001. This 11-minute video gives valuable information on how to develop and maintain Native vegetation to prevent shoreline erosion and pollution.
    Order this video by contacting Brian Gauthier.