Reimagining Native Representation at UW

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, UW-Madison’s Director of Tribal Relations, Aaron Bird Bear joins the L&S Elevate podcast with host DeVon Wilson, getting candid about reimagining Native representation at UW. In a compelling conversation about land acknowledgements and advancing the university’s reconciliation with its occupation of Ho-Chunk land, learn how Aaron has been instrumental in centering indigenous people and culture at UW.

Celebrate American Indian Studies’ 50th anniversary

Join American Indian Studies on Indigenous Peoples’ Day to celebrate its 50-year anniversary! Learn from key leaders in the program’s history, such as Emerita Faculty Ada Deer, about the creation of the program, the role of student activism, and the significance of the program to diversity and inclusion at the university.

College of Menominee Nation renews student transfer partnership with UW–Madison

Liberal Studies students attending the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) will continue to have an easy path to transfer to the University of Wisconsin–Madison thanks to a renewed agreement between the two institutions. First implemented in 2007, the contract allows a qualified student to begin as a freshman at CMN and be guaranteed admission as a transfer student at UW–Madison after completing three academic years, or 60 transferable credits.

Ten Badgers recognized among Wisconsin’s “Most Influential Native American Leaders”

Ten members of the UW–Madison community were honored by Madison365 in its annual list of most influential Native American leaders for 2022. A nonprofit online news publication, Madison365 has published annual power lists recognizing Wisconsin leaders from different racial and ethnic groups since 2015. The purpose of the lists is to “highlight the beauty of the diversity across our state” and lift up role models for Wisconsin’s young people, according to Henry Sanders, Jr., co-founder, publisher and chief executive officer of Madison365.

Mapping Dejope: Indigenous Histories and Presence in Madison

Kasey Keeler, Assistant Professor of Civil Society & Community Studies and American Indian Studies, is leading an interdisciplinary community-engaged project, “Mapping Dejope: Indigenous Histories and Presence in Madison,” which will collect histories from UW and Dejope community members — past and present — to reveal the Indigenous histories and presence of this shared environment.

“As a faculty member and Native woman, I have seen the need for more accessible Indigenous histories. Perhaps more importantly, not only what Native people have done in the past, but a way to share the work and lives of Native people today.”