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

RSVP by December 14th for the FREE Small Business Enterprise Certification Informational December 16th!

Small Business Enterprise Certification Informational

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015


Villard Square Library, Milwaukee

RSVP by December 14th: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sbe-informational-session-tickets-19641432052

December 2015 SBE Informational Session (2)

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 kelly.jackson@dot.wi.gov(608) 266-3761



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Join us to Celebrate the 26th Anniversary of Wisconsin Act 31

Bad River Lodge and Casino (73370 US-2, Ashland, WI 54806) on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. For further information and updates on the event, please contact Brian Jackson, Board President for the Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA) at either 715-588-1018 orbjackson@glitc.org.


26th Anniversary of Wisconsin Act 31 Flyer

Working with Ho-Chunk Nation

Nicole was proud to receive this email from Ho-Chunk Nation stating: “It has taken a while to complete the Ho-Chunk Nation process in determining a company/firm to conduct a grants writing 101 training session. The original request for training was submitted by the Ho-Chunk Nation Youth Services Division by Lanette Walker. This request was taken over by the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Labor as there were other departments of the Ho-Chunk Nation seeking the same training. We have twenty people registered for this training from the various departments of the Ho-Chunk Nation. We are pleased to announce that your firm received the bid to proceed with the Grants writing 101 training portion for the bid submitted to the Youth Services Division.”

She is looking forward to teaching these private classes for the Nation:

2/2/15– Planning and Grants 101

2/9/15– Researching/prioritizing funding and developing your grant project

2/16/15– Technical grant writing including developing goals, objectives, and outcomes for your project

2/23/15– Grant submission, monitoring, and grant evaluation

We will let you know how it goes!

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: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/programs/runaway-homeless-youth

Nicky and MarketPlace 2014

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Register Now For The 7th Annual WI Sustainable Business Council Conference at Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee

It’s that time of year again! The end of the year is approaching, and it’s time for our 7th annual conference, brought to you this year by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, Cool Choices, WMEP and hosted by Harley Davidson at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee on December 3, 2014.

What should I expect?

We bring outstanding speakers together in a design that maximizes interaction with the audience. Matt Levatich, President of Harley Davidson, will keynote the conference and talk about Harley Davidson’s sustainability journey.  Following Matt’s keynote, you’ll have the chance to choose from 5 different interactive sessions during two separate breakouts on the hottest topics in sustainable business.  We will also provide time for networking, both during the day, and during a reception that will follow the conference.

Act fast, because registration closes when we reach 400 attendees this year! Given the appeal of the museum and the ease of access to downtown Milwaukee, we expect this to be our biggest conference yet.

Who is this conference for?

This conference is tailored for:

  • C Suite Officers
  • Board Members
  • Small Business Owners
  • Green Teams
  • Sustainability Coordinators
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Professionals
  • Students interested in sustainability

In short, we welcome any and all sustainability leaders in the state looking to collaborate with, and learn from, other like-minded professionals!

Interested in Attending?

Register HERE to be a part of this incredible event.

As has been true every year, this conference is entirely planned by students in Tom Eggert’s Sustainability class. We would welcome recommendations on speakers! For more information, visit our conference page, and be sure to check back for updates on our speakers and other conference details.

If you have any questions about the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference, please feel free to email us at conference@wisconsinsustainability.com.

Sincerely, The WI Sustainable Business Council Planning Team conference@wisconsinsustainability.com wisconsinsustainability.com

We have reserved 15 rooms in the Double Tree Hotel, just five blocks away from the Harley Davidson museum. These rooms will be reserved until mid-November, so call before then if you are interested in booking, and mention the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Conference to ensure your spot. If you would like to unsubscribe from future messages from the WI Sustaiable Business Council, reply with Remove in the subject line.

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Wisconsin State Sources of Funding for Entrepreneurs

i.      Delivered by the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC’s) of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the Entrepreneurial Training Program provides expert guidance on business plan development to Wisconsin entrepreneurs and small businesses through an 8 to 12-week course.

i.      The Center for Technology Commercialization manages a series of micro-grants of up to $8000 (per small business) on behalf of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). You can apply for a micro-grant to obtain the services of a qualified Service Provider within the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network (WEN). The micro-grants are staged in smaller tranches so that you can accomplish the necessary milestones for your project plan.

i.      The Early Planning Grant (EPG) program is designed to help individual entrepreneurs and small businesses obtain the professional services necessary to evaluate the feasibility of a proposed start up or expansion. Under the EPG program, the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network (WEN) can provide a grant to cover a portion of the cost of hiring a for-profit, in-state, independent third party to develop a comprehensive business plan.


i.      Operated by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, this program funds projects that train workers in support of business expansion/development. Offer quarterly grant opportunities, though some may require a dollar to dollar match.

i.      The WWBIC is a statewide economic development corporation that provides quality business education and financing to Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. WWBIC makes loans up to $100,000 to small and micro businesses that meet a specific set of criteria and qualifications.