First Cohort of Native Students to Graduate From UW Madison College Pipeline Program

Tacked to the wall of his bedroom on the Oneida Indian Reservation is evidence of how hard Michael Williams worked as a high school student — an acceptance letter to Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

But the real prize, the acceptance letter to UW–Madison, his dream school, travels with him in his backpack, always within reach.

Growing up, Williams, 18, says he watched too many young people flounder in their attempts to leave the reservation and find opportunities elsewhere. He was determined not to be one of them.

“I’ve always wanted to further my education,” he says. “The more I know, the better I feel personally. And I think college is the step to a successful job and a secure future.”

Williams participated in an extensive college pipeline program sponsored by UW–Madison for students from tribal communities. It is a new component of a long-running UW diversity initiative called the Information Technology Academy. The first cohort of 10 Native students, including Williams, is graduating from the program this spring and will be in Madison June 3 for a ceremony marking the occasion.

“The program changed my life,” says Williams, who plans to begin classes at UW–Madison this fall.

He had always hoped to attend college, he says, but UW had not been on his radar prior to the program. During a trip to Madison, he was captivated by the urban environment and found everything on the campus “new and exotic.” He could picture himself among the student body.

“I especially like the idea of walking to class every day and running into friends and new strangers,” says Williams, who has always traveled to school by bus or car. “It’ll be an experience I’ve never had before.”

The initiative is one of the most direct ways university administrators are trying to increase enrollment of American Indian students, currently estimated at just under 1 percent of 43,336 students.

A little background: The Academic Technology Department of the UW’s Division of Information Technology created the Information Technology Academy (ITA) 17 years ago. There are now three programs under its umbrella. All work to increase the number of students of color at UW–Madison and in the field of information technology — two areas where historically they’ve been underrepresented.

ITA Madison, the original program, began in 2000 and works with students from Madison public schools. Three years ago, the tribal component was added to more explicitly recruit American Indian students. It is called ITA’s Tribal Technology Institute and serves two communities: the Oneida Nation near Green Bay and the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in northern Wisconsin.

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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

Telling Spearfishing Stories

The Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission is hosting a Spearfishing Story event. March 13th at 5pm join them at the Lac du Flambeau Multi-Purpose Building.

The Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission is commonly known by its acronym, GLIFWC. Formed in 1984, GLIFWC represents eleven Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan who reserved hunting, fishing and gathering rights in the 1837, 1842, and 1854 Treaties with the United States government.

     GLIFWC provides natural resource management expertise, conservation enforcement, legal and policy analysis, and public information services in support of the exercise of treaty rights during well-regulated, off-reservation seasons throughout the treaty ceded territories.

     GLIFWC is guided by its Board of Commissioners along with two standing committees, the Voigt Intertribal Task Force and the Great Lakes Fisheries Committee, which advise the Board on policy.

Third Annual Mining Alternatives Summit


Presented by the Chippewa Federation.

Protecting our water, air, land and life for the next 7 Generations.

Join us March 9&10 at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino in Lac du Flambeau as we strengthen our connections to better understand threats to Mother Earth and Learn about alternatives to mining, confined animal feeding operations, pipeline transport and other activities.


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Also check out other Business Events in Lac du Flambeau.

Check Out Mr. Brian Jackson’s Equity Spotlight Podcast Online!


brian jacksonIn this episode, Mr. Brian Jackson, a member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, speaks openly about issues that affect American Indian communities and the education of American Indian students. He discusses ways school systems can center equity in educational practices with American Indian students, including some examples of experiential learning rooted in Native history and addressing mascot logos in public schools.

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Hiring GLITC Tribal Coordinator – Early Childhood

 Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.

P.O. Box 9, Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin 54538

Phone: 715-588-3324 Fax: 715-588-1774


Supporting member tribes in expanding sovereignty and self-determination.

 GLITC is recruiting for the following position. A complete job description is available on our web site. Drug Testing required before hire and random thereafter.


The Tribal Coordinator – Early Childhood will provide coordinated outreach and liaison services for early learning and development programs among the eleven federally recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities in the State of Wisconsin and State Government to assure the provision of quality services and programs for young tribal children.

Working out of the Central Offices in Lac du Flambeau, WI, this position is full-time with benefits including; Annual/Personal Leave and Holiday Pay; Health, Dental, Life & AD&D, STD and LTD Insurance, FSA and 403(b) Retirement Plan. Starting Salary Range $31,200-$35,000. Drug testing required before hire and random thereafter.


Bachelor’s degree in a health and human services or early education or related field required. Minimum three years of experience in health and human services or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Experience with early childhood programs and services preferred. Experience with a Native American Tribal organization and/or not-for-profit agency desirable. Grant writing and funding experience preferred. Individual must possess: excellent verbal and written communication skills; professional demeanor and appearance; problem solving skills; ability to manage time effectively; self-motivation skills; work effectively under pressure; ability to build positive work relationships with internal and external customers; ability to interact professionally with a wide variety of people. Individual must be able to apply advanced reasoning skills to problem solving and use basic mathematical skills. Must possess valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation with adequate insurance and ability to travel.

To Apply:

Mail, fax or email an application and resume to Great Lakes Inter Tribal Council, Inc., P.O. Box 9, Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538, Attn: Krista Raske. Fax: (715) 588-1774. Email: See the employment page of our website for an application or contact us at

Application closing date is at 4:30 PM on Friday, March 14, 2014.

GLITC is an Equal Opportunity Employer applying Native American Preference as defined in Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 44-46 and 47.