UW Indigenous Language Courses

This page provides information on courses offered throughout the UW-System and Tribal Nations in Wisconsin.

Indigenous Language Education at UW-Milwaukee:

For high school studentsAre you interested in learning Ojibwe instead of the languages offered at your high school? If you wish to attend high school and UWM concurrently, please apply as a non-degree student.
For college students not at UW-MilwaukeeDo you need to establish a record of academic success in order to qualify for admission to a degree program?
Or, are you enrolled at another institution but want to earn a few credits at UWM?
Then being a non-degree student could be your path.
For the communityAre you someone who is not enrolled in college, but wants to learn Ojibwe? Do you want to attend and participate fully in class but are not required to fulfill an academic requirement? Do you want to attend and participate in class but do not have the capacity to do required assignments and tests?
Do you want to engage in class but not receive any academic credits on your transcript?
Maybe auditing is the right step for you. Contact Angela Mesic to find out how.

Want to learn at your own pace with no formal instruction?
Visit Ojibwe.net for lessons, stories, songs and more!
For other institutions of higher educationHere at EQI, we strongly believe it is important for everyone in the Native community to have the opportunity to learn their heritage language. Ojibwe language instruction is part of our research agenda and we have staff here who can provide this support for your students. Contact Angela Mesic for more information.
If there is no capacity for an Ojibwe instructor at your institution, students can also enroll in distance learning here at UW-Milwaukee.

Indigenous Language Education In Wisconsin:


We recommend you contact the campus of interest to confirm availability.



To learn what courses are offered currently, please reach out to the director of American Indian Studies, Denise Wiyaka.  Language courses offered in the past included Ojibwe, Menominee, Ho-Chunk, and Lakota.

UW-Eau Claire

Ojibwe: For more information, email Wendy Makoons Geniusz.

UW-River Falls

Ojibwe: For more information, email their admissions office.

UW-Green Bay

Oneida: For more information, email Forrest Brooks.


Ojibwe: For more information, email Cassie Brown.


Tribal Nations and Partners

Indian Community School

Indian Community School is an elementary and middle school that offers language courses in Ojibwe, Menominee, and Oneida.

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College
Waadookodaading Language Immersion School
Forest County Potawatomi Indians
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College has an outreach site at Red Cliff.

Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Hoocąk Waaziija Haci Language Division


More Indigenous Language Learning Materials

Visit Ojibwe.net for self-paced lessons, stories, songs and more.

Enwejig is committed to bringing visibility and linguistic justice to Indigenous languages at UW-Madison.



Know of Indigenous language courses offered but they are not listed here? Please email Angela Mesic.