These resources also assist educators in fulfilling Wisconsin Education Act 31, the statutory requirement that all school districts provide instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the American Indian nations in the state. This requirement represents our state’s commitment to serve our diverse communities and the American Indian tribes and bands who reside within Wisconsin’s borders.

In this video, Associate Professor J P Leary shares how Wisconsin Education Act 31 came to be, what it requires, and how it impacted teacher certification.

Wisconsin Act 31 Coalition Partners

This network of organizations in Wisconsin are dedicated to the development of resources and implementation of Wisconsin Education Act 31. Visit the coalition members’ websites for more American Indian Studies in Wisconsin resources:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

The Department of Public Instruction is the state agency that advances public education and libraries in Wisconsin. Our goal is to ensure every child graduates ready for further education and the workplace.

Wisconsin Indian Education Association

WIEA’s mission is to promote educational opportunities for Indian people in Wisconsin through a unified effort of Indian and non-Indian members interested in the social and economic advancement of Indian people.

PBS Wisconsin Education

The PBS Wisconsin Education team creates and curates educational resources while connecting with Wisconsin’s most valuable resource – teachers. Our network of resource developers, teaching and learning advisers includes partners like PBS, but more importantly, it includes innovative educators and organizations throughout Wisconsin – a network that grows stronger with every project and idea.

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education

UW-Madison School of Education prepares a variety of certified professional educators, with degree and certification program, as well as houses a much broader and more diverse array of undergraduate and graduate programs including studio art, modern dance, theatre, exercise science, and occupational therapy.

Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society connects people to the past by collecting, preserving, and sharing stories. We aim to enrich and transform lives through unparalleled access to history, and believes that increasing the public's knowledge of history has profound societal, cultural, and economic benefit.

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay First Nation Studies

First Nations Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that reflects the holistic worldview of the indigenous people of Turtle Island (North America). We are committed to the study of First Nations culture, philosophy, history, language, and the social, economic, and political status of indigenous people and their communities.

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

GLIFWC is an agency of eleven Ojibwe tribes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. We are committed to the implementation of its members’ off-reservation treaty rights to fish, hunt and gather in the ceded territories, as well as the preservation and enhancement of the natural resources so harvest opportunities will be available for generations to come. GLIFWC also strives to infuse Ojibwe culture and values into all aspects of its work.