An Artful August

August is full of opportunities to support our local solo artists and artist communities. Find the nearest art show or festival and bring the whole family for art exhibits, demonstrations, fun runs and even live art performances!

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Midwest Comprehensive Center American Indian Education Newsletter: May 2017

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Michigan: Michigan endorses its first K–12 Foreign Language-Native teacher in Anishinaabemowin, the native language of the Ojibwe people. Michigan Radio

Minnesota: Minnesota parents call for more K–12 teacher training on American Indian education. Education Week

New Mexico: American Indian students’ academic performance remains well below the national average for Native youth in New Mexico. Albuquerque Journal

Oklahoma: Tribal officials and Oklahoma educators met in Tulsa for a first-of-its-kind gathering to foster collaboration and develop strategies that strengthen education for the state’s American Indian students. Oklahoma State Department of Education


National and International

The Montana Office of Public Instruction developed a list of 10 ways to engage students and make rural schools more welcoming for Native children. Indian Country Today

Proposed federal school choice legislation may have negative impacts on American Indian students. Indian Country Today

Shawano Park & Recreation Summer Program Guide 2017 Now Available!

The 2017 Summer Program Guide is now available to get the kiddos signed up.  Music in the Park, youth archery, swimming lessons, summer camps, yoga, community sailing program and many more.  Click here to see the program guide.

The City of Shawano Park & Recreation Department is located at 220 E. Division Street in Shawano. The indoor swimming pool provides a place for children’s swimming lessons, children’s open swim, adult lap swim and various adult classes. The Rec. Center also has a weight room that consists of free weights, treadmills, recumbent bikes, elliptical machines and more. There are 2 racquetball courts available, reservations may be made up to 1 week in advance.

This website provides information about our building hours, fees, upcoming events, programs & more. Please feel free to take a look around. Any questions you may have can be answered by calling the Rec. Center at 715-526-6171.

Midwest Comprehensive Center American Indian Education Newsletter: April 2017

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Hawaii: Hawaiians try to convince the state legislature to continue Hawaiian native education at the college level. Hawaii Tribune Herald

Michigan: Malcolm High School uses Running Strong for American Indian Youth grant money to teach a new course on Native American culture. Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Minnesota: Cultural liaison mends ties between the Native American community and the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District. Savage Pacer

Minnesota: A group of Rochester parents are pushing their district to provide trainings to teachers on American Indian education and to communicate more about the needs and progress of American Indian students. Education Week

Minnesota: Graduation rates for American Indian students increase as achievement gaps continue to close. Hometown Source

Montana: Teachers share creative ways to teach about the cultural heritage and history of American Indians at the 11th Annual Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference. Helena Independent Record

Oklahoma: A new report from the National Indian Education Study shows Oklahoma’s American Indian students leading the nation in fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math scores. Examiner Enterprise

South Dakota: Native American Education Program brings recognition to Native culture in the Hot Springs community. Rapid City Journal

Utah: The Nebo Indian Education program held a Title VI Storytelling Night featuring storytellers who shared their cultural knowledge through hand drum songs and dances. NEBO

Wyoming: Legislators pass an Indian Education for All bill that will provide education materials for the 48 school districts across the state. Billings Gazette



Hiring: Director of Epidemiology

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Director of Epidemiology
Great Lakes Intertribal Council, Inc. – Lac du Flambeau Reservation, WI
$52,900 – $79,300 a year

Responsible for planning and implementing technical assistance, public health practice, research and epidemiological support services to Tribes and urban Indian health programs in a three-state region (Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan). Works collaboratively with Tribal, Inter-Tribal, private, state and federal agencies to ensure that comprehensive, quality health data is available and accessible to the Native American population. Actively collaborates with other Tribal Epidemiology Centers nationally to coordinate and prepare timely response to emerging national issues.

Job is based on Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation but many duties may be accomplished at a tribal service location.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $52,900.00 to $79,300.00 /year

Required education:

  • Master’s

Required experience:

  • Public Health or related field: 5 years

Midwest Comprehensive Center American Indian Education Newsletter: February 2017

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Arizona: Native American students from the Havasupai tribe in Arizona have brought a lawsuit against the federal government for failing to provide necessary education support. Pacific Standard

California: The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians are the only tribal group in the nation awarded a Promise Neighborhood Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Red Bluff Daily News

Kansas: A group of University of Kansas researchers has coauthored a study demonstrating that the ways children learn and speak the language in a Cherokee immersion school are an ongoing process of renewal rather than a return to an idealized notion of “speakerhood.”

Minnesota: St. Paul’s 40 elementary schools are on Year 4 of a program to teach all children in St. Paul about the state’s Native peoples, particularly the Dakota. In These Times

Minnesota: The American Indian Education program at Forest Lake Area High School provides students an activity or project focused on the past, present, and future of Native American history, culture, and current events each week. Forest Lake Area

Wyoming: The Wyoming House has passed a bill requiring that the cultural heritage, history, and contemporary contributions of American Indians are addressed in the Wyoming social studies content and performance standards. Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Boys & Girls Club of Shawano #GiveLocal

Dr. Nicole Bowman, advisory board member of the Shawano Chapter of the Boys & Girls Club dropped off a little gift on their first day working with students. Based in Brener School in Shawano, the club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Dr. Bowman on Board for Boys and Girls Club

boys and girls clubDr. Nicole Bowman has been appointed to the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Shawano.

Read the Founder’s Campaign Kick off Press Release below.

The Need is Great and Growing! “Boys and Girls Club” Coming to Shawano

Shawano, WI, July 14, 2016.   It has been almost three years since Mayor Marquardt approached a group of community leaders about the need for an after school program for kids.  A group of 15 formed a committee to identify organizations that could provide citizenship-building and social opportunities for children of various ages.  The leaders targeted two organizations: Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) and the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) as programs of interest.  In late 2013 the group divided to work on each of these initiatives.  In 2014 the group established the Big Brothers, Big Sisters at the Shawano School District.  BBBS is a mentoring program to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors.  This program has grown over the past couple of years and now has over 50 matches.  They still have kids that need matches, so please consider becoming a big brother or big sister.

As the Big Brothers, Big Sisters was created, a different group of community leaders started the Boys and Girls Club Initiative. The Boys and Girls Club mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  The Boys and Girls Club team determined there is a growing need for an after school program that can help our young people to grow to their fullest potential.

Why is the need so great and growing?

  • Large segments of the youth in Shawano are not involved in productive after school activities. Many children are on their own, without supervision between the times school lets out until their parents/guardian return from work. They often complain there is no place to go, and they frequently end up in trouble.
  • Often, positive role models are not present because parents are working or absent. This is impacted by the number of kids that are growing up in single parent households, which continues to increase and is at 32% according to the 2016 County Health Rankings for Shawano County.
  • Our youth are dealing with inadequate life skills, slipping grades, truancy problems, poor self-esteem and a lack of positive role models– starting young is the key.
  • Job opportunities for true living wage within the city of Shawano and the county are few; therefore our young, newly trained and skilled workers seek employment elsewhere. We are training our future workforce today!
  • Opportunities to learn new, marketable skills are needed and poverty persists.

In Shawano School District about 25 – 30% of our young people meet the definition of “at-risk” according to Jessie Hanssen, At Risk Coordinator at the Shawano High School.

The Boys & Girls Club of Shawano will offer these youth an opportunity to see their own strengths and potential and use them as a foundation for successful, productive lives.

The Boys & Girls Club of America is a tried and true proven program that has been serving youth since 1860. This organization now impacts over 4.8 million youth annually with 4,000 Clubs across the country and on U.S. military bases around the world.

Beginning January 2017, the Boys & Girls Club of Shawano will join in this mission by involving parents, volunteers, educators and the business community to offer an after-school program at Olga Brener Intermediate School serving grades 3-5.  Future programming can expand to other grades and summer programs.   The Boys and Girls Club of Shawano will be a chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay.

A Positive Place for Kids

The Boys & Girls Club of Shawano will provide a solution to the problems facing youth today. The Club will attract and guide young people with core programs in five areas:

  • Character and Leadership Development – emphasizing interpersonal relationship-building, self-image and contribution to the community.
  • Education and Career Development – teaching basic education disciplines and technology.
  • Health and Life Skills – encouraging goal-setting and self-sufficiency.
  • The Arts – nurturing creativity, cultural awareness and appreciation for the arts.
  • Sports, Fitness and Recreation – developing physical and social skills, stress management and appreciation for the environment.

The Boys & Girls Clubs Are Unique.

All programs to be used by our Club have been tested by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and are proven to work! The national organization produces a “how to” manual to guide staff and volunteers through program implementation. Club staff will also attend rigorous training in all areas of program development and youth management. The programs will be adapted to our local needs and will be expanded according to the number of children in our Club.

The strength of Boys & Girls Club programs lies in the quantity and quality of time devoted to kids. The organization is dedicated to helping children build confidence and skills to become strong individuals who contribute to society, and the Club believes the way to do this is by spending time with the kids. Studies have shown that membership in the Club has proven results: Club members watch less television, perform better on assessment tests and have exceptional attendance records.

Ultimately, the Boys & Girls Club seeks to inspire children with a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and empowerment realizing that no child is beyond hope.

What Can You Do?

Our youth need our support, now more than ever.

By making a contribution to Boys & Girls Club, you will enhance the quality of life in Shawano by providing a child with the opportunity to participate in programs that mold them into successful citizens of our community. You will make a difference in a child’s life – one child at a time- who otherwise may not have the opportunities Boys & Girls Club provides.

In order to open our doors, we need tax deductible contributions totaling $100,000 in the bank for the first year and $200,000 pledged for years two and three.  The club will charge a minimal annual fee that most families can afford, but no family will be turned away because of lack of money.  The program will initially be available at Olga Brener Intermediate School which includes children between third and fifth grade.  Please consider giving to the Boys and Girls Club of Shawano. The boys and girls of Shawano need and deserve a Boys & Girls Club.

To learn more about this program, reach out to committee members: Tami Zuleger, Wendy Crawford, Jon Aumann, Nancy Schultz, Kara Skarlupka, Dave Zelinger, Joe Stellato, Matt Hendricks, Matt Hietpas, Gary Cumberland, Terri Schultz, Nicky Bowman, Gayle Lemmer, Stacy Cicero, Jeannie Jafolla-Otto, and John Van Ooyen.

Join us at the Boys and Girls Club of Shawano Founder’s Campaign Kick-off:

When:  Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Luigi’s Pizza and Pasta, at 607 S Main St, Shawano, WI 54166 from 5:15 – 7:00 pm to learn more about the Boys and Girls Club starting in 2017 at the Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano.

Please RSVP to 715 526-6136 or if you plan on attending.

Attention Tribal, State, Local and Federal Professionals! Registration is now open for the 2015 WI Tribal Transportation Conference November 3-4 in Green Bay, WI.

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Registration for the 2015 Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Conference is now open!

November 3-4, 2015 | Radisson Hotel & Conference Center | Green Bay, WI

The conference is an outstanding opportunity for tribal, state, local and federal professionals to increase their knowledge of the government-to-government relationship between the 11 federally recognized tribes of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.  This year’s conference will include sessions on safety, economic development, environmental and cultural resources and other topics related to tribal transportation. 

Networking opportunities for businesses and organizations interested in the transportation construction industry will also be part of this year’s conference line-up.

Registration Deadline:  October 23, 2015

View the Conference Schedule

Tribal Excellence Award Nominations:
WisDOT is still accepting nominations for this year’s Tribal Excellence Awards.  This distinction recognizes individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to WisDOT Tribal Affairs initiatives and tribal transportation services.  To nominate, complete the nomination form and submit to Kelly Jackson at the information listed below. Nomination Deadline:  October 2, 2015

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact: Kelly Jackson, Statewide Tribal Liaison, Wisconsin Department of Transportation 266-3761