Wisconsin Indian Education Association

2015 WIEA Conference Details

April 10-11


We view our languages, cultures and education as tools we need to have for educational self-determination; it is beyond survival. It is about making sure we and our future generations are educated culturally and intellectually.


Best Western PLUS Milwaukee
Airport Hotel & Conference Center
5105 S. Howell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207

(414) 769-2100
Toll Free: (877) 461-8547
www.bwmilwaukee.com (link updated: March 26, 2015)
(Free parking)



Online registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2015. You will be able to register on-site.


The 2015 WIEA Conference Registration is available online! On the first page you will need to enter your email address. This helps with tracking the registrations. New this year you are able to:

  1. Register someone other than yourself
  2. Register more than one person at a time
  3. Pay by credit card with no additional fee to you the registrant
  4. If you need to pay by check, your registration confirmation email will include a PDF that serves as your invoice.

Please note that if you choose to pay by PO/Check your registration is not completed until payment has been received. If you have any problems or questions with the registration form, please contact the registration coordinator: Maurina Paradise, paradim@uwm.edu, 414-229-5355


Online vendor registration is closed.




Renewing Our Legacy: Supporting Indigenous Youth through Education - Brian McInnes (bio)

A critical task of the present is to ensure that contemporary education systems support the learning and development of positive cultural identity for Indigenous youth. The inclusion of Native peoples’ histories, cultures, languages, and knowledge systems is essential in developing a culture of belonging and continuity for students who may otherwise struggle to remain engaged. Helping to renew and apply Indigenous knowledge in contemporary educational contexts remains an important act of social justice that is protective of both the history and future of the original peoples.

William (Bill) Mendoza, Executive Director, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education

The WHIAIANE leads the implementation of the President's Executive Order 13592 by working closely with Federal agencies and offices to help ensure AIAN participation in the development and implementation of key Administration education priorities. Director Mendoza will provide updates on these priorities including, the President's Generation Indigenous Initiative, the President’s FY16 Budget Request, the Native Student Environment Initiative , ED's revised tribal consultation policy, 2015 Native Languages Summit, and ED’s 2015 Grant Competitions.

"Indigenous Education in Practice" - The UW Green Bay Education Center for First Nations Studies (bios)

Dr. Lisa Poupart, Co-director
Dr. J P Leary, affiliated faculty
UW Green Bay First Nations Studies undergraduate students

Indigenous teaching and learning emanates from the oral tradition. It is sharing knowledge orally and through lived experience in the world. Indigenous education is circular, whereby peers at all age levels learn from one another, and Elder teachers learn from the younger generations. In this way, each person is a teacher and a learner balanced by the need to acquire knowledge and the responsibility to share. Education is an interconnected action that flows between individuals and unifies them to a larger whole. At the UW Green Bay Education Center for First Nations Studies, we not only value and teach indigenous studies, we model and seek to live it. Our teaching and scholarship is student centered and driven by the real needs of tribal people and communities. Poupart will address the key tenets of indigenous education drawing from her COAUTHORED book "Connective Pedagogy: Elder Epistemology and the Oral Tradition" (2013, Aboriginal Press/U of Manitoba). Together with her colleague Dr. J P Leary and their students, the team will present a current project as indigenous education in practice.


Confirmed workshops preview...more details and additions to come (PDF)
Updated: Mar. 10, 2015




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