Culturally Relevant Resources for Classroom Teachers


Wisconsin ACT 31

Searching for resources and materials on American Indian Studies to incorporate into your classroom or library?

Explore and visit to find a rich collection of educational videos, teacher professional development resources, lesson plans for all grades, and learning tools for your classroom and library for teaching and learning on American Indian Studies in Wisconsin. Wisconsin First Nations assists educators in fulfilling Wisconsin Act 31, the statutory requirement that all school districts provide instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the American Indian nations and tribal communities in Wisconsin.

This website provides authentic and accurate resources that address current academic standards and enhance your students understanding of Wisconsin Native cultures and communities. Teacher professional learning resources are also provided, including a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for answering hard-to-ask questions you may have when teaching about Native cultures, and exemplar videos featuring Wisconsin teachers modeling how to incorporate American Indian Studies into students’ everyday learning.

Wisconsin Departments of Public Instruction American Indian Studies Program
Assist with the implementation of the curricular requirements in the areas of American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty

The Ways

Wisconsin Media Lab's projects videos

Wisconsin Media Lab's Wisconsin Biographies (specifically two stories Chief Oshkosh: Leader in Trouble Times and Walter Bresette: Treaties RIghts and Sovereignty)

Wisconsin Media Lab's ENGAGE! State, Tribal, Local Government (interviews and videos on Judge Amanda Rockman, Ojibwe Treaty Rights, and Tribal Courts)

Native American Educational Series

Increasing awareness and understanding of the Native American Experience- The Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation. Our People, Our Culture.

Wisconsin Public Television's Tribal Histories films, which currently includes the following videos:

a) Bad River Ojibwe History

b) Ho-Chunk Nation History

c) Menominee History

d) Oneida History

e) Potawatomi History

f) Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican History

"Native Peoples of Wisconsin: Holidays"

A website at O'Keefe Middle School designed by School of Library and Information Studies and Tribal Libraries Archives and Museum (TLAM) cohort graduate Katelyn Martens.

NIEA: Lesson Plans 

National Indian Education Association Resource Repository for Culture-Based Education Curriculum

Indian Country
Culture, Oral Tradition, Early Historical Background, History, and Treaty Rights of the Stockbridge- Munsee.

Wisconsin Biographies  | WPT Education
Wisconsin Biographies is “a collection of media to enrich the social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of notable figures in Wisconsin history. For each story, a 3-5 minute animated video engages learners of all ages. The content was designed around 4th grade standards, but is appropriate for use with younger and older students.” Two stories in particular to reference that support teaching and learning on American Indian Studies are the following videos:

Each of these videos also include “short text biographies of each individual are provided at three reading levels. These are available on the iBookstore or as printable booklets. Designed to facilitate teaching and enrich student projects, an image gallery provides access to historic images from the Wisconsin Historical Society and other sources”.

In addition, here is links to other videos from Wisconsin Biographies:

Native People of Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded Edition | Wisconsin Historical Society Press

“The book Native People of Wisconsin explores the Native Nations in Wisconsin, including their histories and cultural traditions. Readers will use the text’s maps, illustrations, and photographs to investigate how rapid change like the arrival of Europeans impacted Native culture. Profiles of young people from each Wisconsin First Nation also help students learn about life today.

Chapters include Early History, European Arrivals, Menominee Nation, Ho-Chunk Nation, Ojibwe Nations, Potawatomi Nation, Oneida Nation, Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Nation, Brothertown Indian Nation, and Urban Indians”.

A detailed teaching guide complete with printable maps, student activity books, and comprehension activities is included at the following hyperlink: Teacher’s Guide and Student Materials

Native Knowledge 360° | National Museum of American Indian

“Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) provides PK-12 educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history and cultures. This resource includes educational materials and teacher training that incorporate Native narratives, more comprehensive histories, and accurate information to enlighten and inform teaching and learning about Native America.

NK360° challenges common assumptions about Native peoples — their cultures, their roles in United States and world history, and their contributions to the arts, sciences, and literature. This resource offers a view that includes not only the past but also the richness and vibrancy of Native peoples and cultures today.

Educators can search by nation, language, region, and subject or grade level. Resources are provided in a variety of formats including digital lessons, teaching guides, videos, posters, and websites”.