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We are happy to help out!

“AIR partners with Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) and WestEd to operate the Midwest Comprehensive Center. BPC is a professional consulting and scientific research and evaluation company based in Shawano, Wisconsin. BPC brings deep expertise in American Indian education issues to the Midwest Comprehensive Center team. WestEd is a nonprofit research, development, and service agency based in San Francisco, California. WestEd serves as the external evaluator for the Midwest Comprehensive Center.”

About AIR:

“The Midwest Comprehensive Center at American Institutes for Research (AIR) was launched in October 2012 under a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Midwest Comprehensive Center provides technical assistance to the state education agencies (SEAs) of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin with a focus on building the capacity of the SEA to support districts and schools to ensure that all students graduate high school ready for college or a career. Technical assistance is tailored to each state’s individual needs while also being aligned to the priorities of the U.S. Department of Education.”

Wisconsin Public Education Network Coordinator Position Available

The position description for the coordinator position for the Wisconsin Public Education Network coordinator position is below.



Native Runaway project – National Runaway Safeline

Each year, thousands of U.S. youth run away from home, are asked to leave their homes or become homeless. Through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (RHY), FYSB supports street outreach, emergency shelters and longer-term transitional living and maternity group home programs to serve and protect these young people.

Nicole got the wonderful opportunity to help this group by adding indigenous resources to international curriculum.

For more information go to their website:

Grant Writing Training



My Tax Account Training Webinar

Join the Wisconsin Department of Revenue as we host a training webinar for My Tax Account users on Tuesday, January 6 and January 13, 2015 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

In this webinar, we will review a variety of topics, including:

  • Logging into My Tax Account
  • Updating profile information
  • Updating business information
  • Ceasing accounts
  • Filing a Withholding Deposit Report Form WT-6
  • Filing an Annual Reconciliation Form WT-7
  • Filing W-2s
  • Filing a Sales and Use Tax Return Form ST-12
  • Requesting an extension and much more

Stay tuned for information on how to register for this upcoming webinar.

New REL Study Examines the Rates of School Mobility, Dropout, and Graduation for Students with Different Types of Disabilities

To understand which students with disabilities are at greatest risk of leaving school without a diploma, REL West examined the rates at which Utah students with different types of disabilities moved to other schools, dropped out, or graduated compared with all students with disabilities and with general education students.As a group, Utah students with disabilities had poorer outcomes than their general education classmates, but outcomes varied by disability category. For example,

• Students with emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, or autism were at greatest risk of failing to graduate within four years.

• Students with autism, multiple disabilities, or intellectual disability had lower dropout rates than general education students but also had low graduation rates and the highest retention rates after four years.

• Students with hearing impairment/deafness or speech or language impairment had four-year graduation rates roughly on par with the graduation rate for general education students.

By examining this variation within the population of students with disabilities, this study can inform decisions about which students with disabilities most need interventions; suggest refinements to state and district data systems; and suggest areas in need of further research.

Read this report at:

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Bowman Performance Consulting will be Working with IMPAQ


Date:  8/5/14

Contact:  Nicole Bowman, 715-526-9240,

Local scientific Native American firm contracted to complete a Congressional Study for the US Department of Agriculture for regarding Policy/Programming Changes for the US Food & Nutrition Service Department

Bowman Performance Consulting and IMPAQ to establish requirements and regulatory changes necessary for Tribal Administration of Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs. Final Report will be provided and report to US Congress in fall 2015 by BPC and IMPAQ.

Green Bay, WI – Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting will be working with IMPAQ as a co-PI (Primary Investigator). They will be using a formal tribal consultation process (FORMAL Tribal Consultation Policy for USDA FNS is here: or here: ) to determine the interest and feasibility of tribal governments to administer  Federal nutrition assistance programs (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in lieu of State agencies or other administrative entities. There are 15 FNS nutrition programs administered by FNS. Currently states administer several of these programs with varying levels of shared responsibility with tribal organizations or other community based organizations.  Results of the study will be reviewed by USDA Undersecretary Concannon  and the Office of Tribal Regulations as part of process with the final study being submitted as a formal report to the US Congress.  Information from the study will inform future policy, operations, and administrative decisions regarding FNS nutrition programs.

Bowman says, “I believe in using a Community Based Research Approach (CBPR) to collaboratively work with tribal leaders and the USDA. In addition to CBPR the study’s methods will be responsive and inclusive of the unique tribal cultures, governmental infrastructures, and geographic contexts (Reservation, urban areas) that FNS programs are implemented in.  This multijurisdictional and Indigenous centered approach is central to bringing Tribal and non-Tribal governments, agencies, and staff together so that the information collected is meaningful and useful to a wide group of stakeholders. We’ll discover if current legislation is adequate or needs to change to accommodate shifts in administrative focus. Examination of existing nutrition program guidance, regulations, manuals, reports, and other relevant documents will show us where infrastructure needs to be improved. During this project we’ll collaboratively develop data collection instruments that will ensure the long-term success of tribal administration of Federal nutrition assistance. Getting involved at the ‘ground floor’ of a project like this gives me a lot of satisfaction. I get to see it go from an idea to reality. This will be fun!”

About the Project:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will be working with Bowman Performance Consulting and IMPAQ to determine the feasibility of tribal administration of Federal nutrition assistance programs, in response to Section 4004(b)(2) in the Agriculture Act of 2014. This study will examine the requirements of administering the federal nutrition assistance programs, by examining the services, functions, and activities associated with program administration and assessing the capabilities of tribes to administer all or portions of the programs.


IMPAQ is a premier woman-owned public policy organization that has an exemplary track record of managing large Federal contracts, conducting FNS feasibility studies, and executing and managing complex projects with very tight timelines. Dr. Steven Garasky, Vice President of Human Services Research and proposed Project Director (PD), has over 25 years of project management experience. While at IMPAQ, he has led as either prime contract or subcontract PD several similar studies for FNS. These FNS projects include SNAP feasibility, research, quality control, and point of sale

About Bowman

Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) is a professional consulting and scientific research & evaluation company.  BPC provides services to a national clientele from the public, private, non-profit and tribal sectors.  BPC gathers measurable and meaningful data from clients and their stakeholders/customers so that individuals, programs, and organizations can use the data, improve performance, and build capacity in order to function more efficiently and effectively for the short and long-term.

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More information and free resource materials available at

Phone: 715-526-9240    Email:  Twitter:  @NBPC1

What is NCAI?

Nicky did congressional testimony for the NCAI here is a little more information about this influential group! This information is taken from their website:

NCAI was established in 1944 in response to the termination and assimilation policies the US government forced upon tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereign nations. To this day, protecting these inherent and legal rights remains the primary focus of NCAI.

NCAI Mission

  • Protect and enhance treaty and sovereign rights.
  • Secure our traditional laws, cultures, and ways of life for our descendants.
  • Promote a common understanding of the rightful place of tribes in the family of American governments.founders_photo
  • Improve the quality of life for Native communities and peoples.

NCAI History

The Founding Meeting of NCAI:
The 1944 Constitutional Convention – Denver, 1944

In Denver, Colorado, in 1944, close to 80 delegates from 50 tribes and associations in 27 states came together to establish the National Congress of American Indians at the Constitutional Convention. Founded in response to the emerging threat of termination, the founding members stressed the need for unity and cooperation among tribal governments and people for the security and protection of treaty and sovereign rights. The Founders also committed to the betterment of the quality of life of Native people.

Read about the First Constitutional Convention of NCAI.

“[NCAI] is one of the most important intertribal political organizations of the modern era. It has played a crucial role in stimulating Native political awareness and activism, provided a forum for debates on vital issues affecting reservations and tribes, overseeing litigation efforts, and organizing lobbying activities in Washington,”

– from The National Congress of American Indians: The Founding Years by Thomas W. Cowger

Seventy Years of NCAI: From Imminent Threat to Self-Determination

From 1944 to the modern era of government relations between tribal governments and US governments, NCAI has been a leading force and voice in protecting tribal sovereignty.

Read a brief history of NCAI’s historic and modern role in protecting tribal sovereignty.

NCAI Founding Principles:

  • To secure and preserve American Indian and Alaska Native sovereign rights under treaties and agreements with the United States, as well as under federal statutes, case law, and administration decisions and rulings.
  • To protect American Indian and Alaska Native traditional,  cultural, and religious rights.
  • To seek appropriate, equitable, and beneficial services and programs for American Indian and Alaska Native governments and people.
  • To promote the common welfare and enhance the quality of life of American Indian and Alaska Native people.
  • To educate the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people, and rights.

BPC Named Outstanding Small Business

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Bowman Performance Consulting Wins 2014 Governor’s Marketplace Award

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) collected nominations for the 2014 Marketplace Governor’s Awards. Bowman Performance Consulting of Shawano, Wisconsin was recognized as an Outstanding Small Size Business at the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development. Nicole Bowman accepted the award on October 23, 2014 at the Potawatomi Expo Center in Milwaukee during Marketplace 2014. The Marketplace conference was a sold out event with over 600 registered attendees.

The WEDC says, “The Outstanding Business Award recognizes a State Certified Business Enterprise that has demonstrated the capacity to grow over the past five years with plans to continue expansion in the future. Judges will consider revenue growth, employment growth, the company’s strategy for pursuing new opportunities, ability to overcome challenges, and past investments in employee development, business systems, marketing, equipment and other company assets.”

Nicole Bowman is quoted, “I am happy to accept this Outstanding Small Business Award on behalf of Bowman Performance Consulting. I’m just the face of BPC, however. We all work hard to make BPC what it is today. I’d like to thank my vendors who provide legal, consulting, and marketing services as well as my professional services staff who enable me to focus on doing what I do best. I need to thank my staff and subcontractors as well as my clients. A special thank you goes to clients of BPC who have allowed us to work with them, not on them, and with whom we’ve built a strong history that has allowed us to look forward to the future. BPC will continue to expand, overcome challenges, and assist clients in improving performance and building capacity.”

About Bowman nb award on stage

Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) is a professional consulting and scientific research & evaluation company.  BPC provides services to a national clientele from the public, private, non-profit and tribal sectors.  BPC gathers measurable and meaningful data from clients and their stakeholders/customers so that individuals, programs, and organizations can use the data, improve performance, and build capacity in order to function more efficiently and effectively for the short and long-term.

About the Award and Marketplace

The Marketplace 2014 awards are open to Wisconsin-based companies that have been certified as MBE, WBE or DVB businesses by the State of Wisconsin. More about the award at Milwaukee Business Journal article here:

In Wisconsin says, “Marketplace 2014 is the premier business capacity building conference of the year for minority, women and veteran business entrepreneurs looking to do business with state, federal and local agencies as well as corporations. For more than 30 years, the conference has provided opportunities for businesses to meet with potential buyers, identify funding sources, connect with business assistance resources and network with other businesses.”

Video! CREA!

Make sure you are keeping up with all the videos, especially this one of Nicky’s interview for CREA!