Susan is a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and proudly serves not only her community but Native Wisconsin as a WIEA board member.
Susan believes WIEA is exemplary in their commitment to ACT 31 and to providing historically accurate, culturally embedded, place-based, contemporary and developmentally appropriate curriculum about the history and contributions of Wisconsin’s Indigenous peoples throughout the state. She says WIEA continues to highlight the message that American Indian nicknames and mascots are not neutral symbols, and that their continued use by schools, sports teams and other organizations have negative consequences for ALL students, not just Native American students.
Susan is the Tribal Outreach Coordinator at Nicolet College and says working there is unique in the sense that three of the 11 sovereign nations of Wisconsin are located within the district.
“I quickly realized that Nicolet’s student population was highly representative of American Indian students coming from each of these communities. I felt it was important and appropriate for Nicolet and this region to have a voice and representation on the WIEA board. I see that WIEA is not only a strong supporter of our schools and students but our Native educators as well.”
Susan lives in Minocqua, WI, with her husband and is active in the American Indian community across the state and beyond.