WUWM Highlights work of EQI on UWM Today

On two occasions, Tom Luljack, host of UWM Today on WUWM 89.7, spent time with folks from our institute to learn a little more about the work of EQI, its impact on students, and the community as well as more about the history of Milwaukee.

Learn About UWM’s ‘Commitment To Serving The Native American Population’

Part 1 includes stories of our shared history in Milwaukee and on the work of the institute with Director Noodin and graduate student Breu.
(From left) Tom Luljack with Margaret Noodin and Nathon Breu.

Native American Big Drums: A Performance & Chat

As promised at the end of the part 1 conversation, part 2 extends on the conversation and includes a performance from our teaching big drum student group.
Tom Luljak with guests: (front row) Marcus, Nathon, and Mike; (back row) Elizabeth, Angela, Monea, Morgan, Cyndi (Tom), and Margaret songs performed:
* American Indian Movement (AIM) song
* Nakweshkodaadidaa ekobiiyag (Meet me by the water)
* Traveling Song
You can listen and learn these songs as well! They can be found by clicking on each name.


“Indigenous Voices” in the Planetarian issue of December

In the Spring months of last year (2018), the UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium, the Electa Quinney Institute, and the native community came together to share stories and connections of star and earth. The development and lessons learned from the “Indigenous Voices” program was published in Vol 47 No 4 – December 2018 issue of the Plaentariun.

UWM Anthropologist Bernard Perley at the State Department

Dr. Perley

On November 29, 2018, Bernard Perley, UW-Milwaukee’s linguistic anthropologist, and faculty affiliate of the Electa Quinney Institute, was invited to present at the Department of State in Washington DC to mark Native American Heritage Month. The invitation came from the Native American Foreign Affairs Council (NAFAC), and the title of Dr. Perley’s talk was “Experiencing Native North America:
Native American Cultural and Language Revitalization”. When asked about the event, Dr. Perley responded by saying: “I talked about our work at UWM (including [the star stories with] Jean from the planetarium), ICS, and EQI. The audience was interested and responsive. UWM’s reach goes far and wide!”


UW-Milwaukee Institute Receives STEM Focused Grant for American Indian Education

**UPDATE: Wisconsin Public Radio “The Morning Show” UW-Milwaukee Program Addresses American Indian Teacher Shortage interview with Director Margaret Noodin. 

For a second year in a row, the Electa Quinney Institute has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This $1.1 million, five year, grant is a partnership with EQI, Milwaukee Public Schools, and the Indian Community School to promote and support Native American educators in STEM fields. The grant will support a total of 10 students to obtain their initial license in either teaching or administrative leadership.

The Electa Quinney Teacher Training and Administrative Leadership Program (TTAL) is a five-year partnership between the Indian Community School (ICS) and Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to recruit and prepare undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate level students to build capacity in public, private and charter schools in Milwaukee and tribal schools in the Great Lakes region. This project will address teacher and administrator shortages in the American Indian community and will work with school districts throughout the state.

More information and a link to the application can be found here.


Broadside Press publishes Noodin poem

Margaret Noodin, director of the EQI, holding her Broadside vectorized poem

“Niizhosagoons gemaa Nisosagoons Daso-biboonagad” / “Two or Three Thousand Years”

This publication by Broadside Press, was a collaboration with the words by Margaret Noodin and the art by Meghan Keane.

Broadside Press, founded in 2005, has the mission of putting literature and art on the streets. They publish monthly visual-literary collaborations as free posters for anyone to download and print. Special features punctuate the monthly publications.

You can view the poem and download it for sharing.  Because we can all use a little more art in our lives.