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Understanding Our Shared Heritage: WPT Resources for Wisconsin Act 31

As the United States celebrates National Native American Heritage Month throughout November, Wisconsin residents and others interested in learning more about Native American culture of the past and present can find a variety of easy-to-access resources thanks to Act 31.

In the words of Aaron Bird Bear, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s American Indian Curriculum Services Coordinator, “Act 31 is an invitation to get to know the deep human story of the Western Great Lakes. It helps us understand our neighbors. It helps us understand our own shared history … Act 31 gives us a great sense of perspective of thinking about this place, of the many different ways we understand this place, and that’s a skill set that will be valuable for anyone wherever they go, in this global, connected world …”

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Watch New Tribal Histories Programs On-Air and Online

Friday night at 9, Wisconsin Public Television will premiere three new parts of the Tribal Histories project, which over the next two years will share the history and traditions of all of our state’s Native American tribes and sovereign nations. You can also watch all three programs online now below.

Recorded in the beautiful natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, the programs feature rich retellings of the challenges, triumphs and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities across generations.

In the first three programs, tribal members share their nation’s oral traditions. Hear from Andy Thundercloud of the Ho-Chunk Nation at 9 p.m., Kimberly Vele (pictured above) from the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation at 9:30 and Mary Bigboy, Thomas O’Connor Sr. and Robert Poweless Sr. from the Bad River Band of Ojibwe at 10.

The programs will have an encore broadcast on WPT Sunday, Aug. 30 starting at 11 a.m.

Last year, WPT premiered the first three programs in the series, highlighting the history of the Menominee, Oneida and Potawatomi people in Wisconsin. Watch all of the programs online here. Programs featuring the five other sovereign nations located within Wisconsin’s modern boundaries and the Brothertown Indian Nation, whose sovereign status is no longer recognized by the federal government, will air on WPT in the next couple years.

WPT’s Tribal Histories project is part of Wisconsin’s Act 31 Initiative to provide educational material about American Indians in Wisconsin to the state’s schools of education and K-12 teachers.

Support for Tribal Histories is provided by Irene Daniell Kress, the Francis A. and Georgia F. Ariens Fund of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Evjue Foundation, Ron and Patty Anderson, the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, the Wisconsin History Fund supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities; and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

Wisconsin’s Act 31 Initiative partners include: Wisconsin Indian Education Association; Wisconsin Media Lab; Wisconsin Historical Society; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education; University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension’s Community Development Educators; UW-Green Bay, First Nation Studies Program; UW-Eau Claire, American Indian Studies Program; UW-Madison Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) Project; and Wisconsin Public Television.

Watch Tribal Histories On Air and Online

In August, Wisconsin Public Television premiered the first three parts of the Tribal Histories project, which over the next two years will share the history and traditions of all of our state’s Native American tribes and sovereign nations.

Recorded in the beautiful natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, the programs feature rich retellings of the challenges, triumphs and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities across generations.

In the first three programs, tribal members share their nation’s oral traditions with David Grignon from the Menominee Nation, Randy Cornelius from the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin (pictured above) and Jim Thunder and Mike Alloway Sr. from the Forest County Potawatomi. And, you can watch all three programs online now, below.

Programs featuring the eight other sovereign nations located within Wisconsin’s modern boundaries and the Brothertown Indian Nation, whose sovereign status is no longer recognized by the federal government, will air on WPT in the next couple years.

WPT’s Tribal Histories project is part of Wisconsin’s Act 31 Initiative to provide educational material about American Indians in Wisconsin to the state’s schools of education and K-12 teachers.