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Madison College is currently under construction


Please note that Madison College is currently under construction. I have attached a visual for you. Otherwise from the main parking lot (corner of Anderson and Wright Sts.), walk toward the building and head around to the right of the building. You will see some signage to lead you in the right direction.

Madison Area Technical College

Madison Area Technical College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


We look forward to celebrating your graduation!

We look forward to celebrating your graduation! We celebrate all educational milestones from kindergarten to Ph.D. in a community atmosphere, surrounded by close friends and family. We share in a meal, honor our graduates and then celebrate their success with a reception.

Please join us on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Madison College – Truax Campus, located at 3550 Anderson Street, Madison, WI 53704 for this joyous event.

Widening the Circle Summit

Widening the Circle Summit
Conference & Strategic planning on the future of Indigenous Education
March 30th-March 31st
Hmong Cultural & Community Center
1815Ward Ave.
La Crosse, WI
For more information or to register please contact:
Pa Houa Vang

You are invited!
Please join us to learn more about the central themes and topics of Hmong and Native Indigenous Education and help us in developing a strategic plan for the future of Indigenous Education in Wisconsin including First
Nations and Hmong communities
The Summit will be a time to reconnect with others working in Indigenous Education and network with new allies. It will help to build partnerships and projects, and to exhibit and display the things that you have been working on for helpful suggestions from peers and colleagues. This will be a time of positive pause and reflection to ensure a cooperative path forward.

Summit Components:
Conference Friday – Saturday:
-Indigenous Education -Curriculum Infusion
-Tribal culture -Authenticating Resources
-Current Policy Context -US Assimilation Policy
-Role of Art and Theatre -Role of Advocacy
-Social Justice -Bias
-Native & Hmong history, culture
-Critical Theory and Deficit Model
-Intergenerational Healing/ Historical Trauma

Strategic Planning Saturday-Sunday:
Visions for Widening the Circle Symposium
What work are we doing in WI/MN?
What specific policy goals should we be focusing on?
-Act 31, Hmong Education and Migration Bill,
NCLB, American Indian Studies in higher
education, Indigenous language, others
How do we help and bring together current programs?
-WTC, HONOR, Full Circle, HMAA, Summer
Institute, outreach, FNTRC, others
How can we better work together with WIEA, Tribes, AIS Consortium, others?

Where do we go from here?:
Envisioning and developing something greater:
An Indigenous Education Institute
This summit is free and open to the public
Fully accessible
Meals are provided
Please see the schedule at

Patty Loew –

Patty Loew — journalist, professor, and enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe — will be speaking at this event this weekend.

Madison College: Continuing Education

Madison College: Continuing Education  recently hired an instructor who would like to teach 600-level Ojibwe, starting this summer.

WI tribal leaders

Exciting words from WI tribal leaders: “We tribes consult with each other and we won’t go in unless we have consensus. That’s the way we do things. We recognize some of the things in here as being unbelievable threats to us. What you heard from our attorney is that we’re willing to go to the mat on this stuff.”–Pres. M. Wiggins Jr., Bad River Ojibwe

New Online Course Introduced for Native American Small Business Owners

New Online Course Introduced for Native American Small Business Owners

Native American entrepreneurs have a new tool to help determine if they’re ready for business ownership and to help them get started. Native American Small Business Primer: Strategies for Success is a free, self-paced online business course developed for Native American business owners. The course provides an overview of basic business principles and makes them aware of the programs and services available from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The new online course: emphasizes business planning and market research as essential steps to take before going into business; informs Native American entrepreneurs about the legal aspects of starting a business, including the type of ownership (legal structure) and licensing; and provides key information on seed money for starting up, raising capital, and borrowing money. In addition, there is a section on how to estimate business start-up costs that can help assess the financial needs of going into business.

The course is available from the SBA’s Online Small Business Training web page under Online Courses for Starting Your Business at

Course participants completing the online training programs can earn a certificate of completion from the SBA, with their name, date and course title. The Native American Small Business Primer course is one of nearly 30 online tutorials offered by the SBA’s Online Business Training ( Free courses are offered on Starting a Business, Managing a Business, Financing a Business, and Contracting.


Marybeth Noonan
Public Affairs Office
U.S. Small Business Administration
303-844-2607 x 227

NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship

The National Congress of American Indians is currently accepting applications for the NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship. Request Application forms from Katie Jones below.

The Fellowship aims to address the stark disparities in Native health by building a pipeline of Native health professionals who are prepared to lead in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that meet the unique needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. It will include a financial award of $5,000 and professional development in tribal health policy.

Applicants should be members of an American Indian or Alaska Native tribal nation and can be new or continuing students pursuing graduate or professional degrees in any health-related area, including Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Pharmacy (MPharm), etc.

Applications are due via email to Katie Jones at by Friday, January 20, 2012. A completed application submission must include a personal/education information form, an essay, a resume or curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants will be notified of their status by February 15, 2012.

Thank you,

Katie Jones
Cherokee Nation
Legislative Fellow

National Congress of American Indians
Embassy of Tribal Nations
1516 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 466-7767 ext. 237
Fax: (202) 466-7797

Wisconsin Indian Education Association



Date: 2012 WIEA Conference, April 19-22

Location: Ho-Chunk Casino Wisconsin Dells

Executive Order

For Immediate Release December 02, 2011

Executive Order — Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities …to help ensure that AI/AN students have an opportunity to learn their Native languages and histories and receive complete and competitive educations that prepare them for college, careers, and productive and satisfying lives.