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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tiered Purchasing Plan for Supporting Act 31

Act 31 requires all students and teachers in Wisconsin to receive instruction on the history, culture, and tribal soverignty of the American Indian nations and tribal communities in Wisconsin.  Public libraries need to have materials that support this work for a myriad of reasons.  It is critical for the people of our state, children, teens, and adults, to have access to accurate, culturally relevant, and authentic materials about the indigenous people of our state.

Finding accurate and excellent materials can be difficult, and it can be hard to figure out how to prioritize what to purchase when budget dollars are limited.  Anne Hamland (WVLS) showed me this excellent resource created by Robin Amado and Jenny McBurney.  The last update was made in April, so this is a living document.  I hope it is helpful to you!

Also, remember this excellent resource, created and curated by WPT, WI DPI and others:

Wisconsin First Nations:  American Indian Studies in Wisconsin

Map of Wisconsin with official seals and seats of government of the 11 recognized and one unrecognized American Indian Nations: Ojibwe Nation: St. Croix, Lac Courte Oreilles, Red Cliff, Bad River, Lac du Flambeau, and Mole Lake Sokaogon; Forest County Potawatomi; Menominee; Brothertown; Oneida; Stockbridge-Munsee; Ho-Chunk
Map by Rebecca Comfort, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community



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