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The History of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA) was established in 1985 by a group of concerned Indian Educators to carry on the efforts of the former Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) Education sub-committee.

The GLITC Education Committee began in the early 1970’s but was disbanded around 1983 because of a lack of funds.

A group of concerned Indian Educators began meeting in 1984 and after a series of meetings during that year, developed by-laws and a mission statement.

The group was formally organized in 1985 as the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. The Association has seven regions throughout the State. Each region elects/appoints two representatives as WIEA Board members for a two-year term.

Each Region’s Board members are responsible for hosting a meeting in their region throughout the year to share and gather information for the Board to either act upon or disseminate to all other WIEA members.

The Board meets every month except December. Meetings are held in the various regions throughout the state in an effort to get input from the general membership regarding their issues and concerns.

Celebrating Act 31: Revitalizing Menominee Ways of Being Through Language

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association invites you to its Act 31 Celebration on Thursday, August 18, at 5 PM at the Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena, WI. The Act 31 Celebration recognizes Wisconsin Act 31 and the work done in furthering Indian education in the state. Wisconsin Act 31 (American Indian Studies in Wisconsin) refers to the requirement that all public school districts and pre-service education program provide instruction on the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities.

Each year, the Wisconsin Indian Education Association celebrates the accomplishments of individuals, schools, tribes and communities in advancing culturally relevent and historically accurate Native American programming and curriculum.

The celebration will include an opening ceremony, welcoming, awards presentation, guest speakers and of course, all of it grounded in culture and tradition.

In addition to the celebration, there will a strategic planning session and board meeting over the course of two-days.

If you are planning on overnighting to attend both days, recommended lodging is at Menominee Casino Resort. For the night of August 18, the hotel rate is $83.74, based on double occupancy of your choice of a standard room with a single king or two queen beds. To reserve a room, please call the resort at (715) 799-3600 ext. 7417 or you can visit the hotel website by clicking here.

Thursday, August 18

In conjunction with the celebration, a strategic planning session will be held from 1 to 4 PM at the College of Menominee Nation’s Cultural Learning Center earlier in the afternoon on Thursday, August 18.

Friday, August 19

On Friday, August 19, there will be a board meeting from 8:30 to 11:30 AM at the College of Menominee Nation ‘s Cultural Learning Center. The board meeting will also be accessible virtually via Zoom. The Zoom meeting link and log-in information will be available closer to the meeting date.

Any WIEA member in good standing is encouraged to attend both the strategic planning session and board meeting. Click here for the draft board meeting agenda.

The Act 31 Celebration is a FREE event, open to the public and all are welcomed to attend.

You can register for the Act 31 Celebration here: Click here to register.