Culturally Relevant Resources for Classroom Teachers


Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)         


The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) has released a video series title Ogichidaa Storytellers. The following videos have been released in the series:

Crossing the Line: Tribble Brothers                                                             

Gathering the Pieces: The Jondreau Decision                                       

Lifting Nets: Gurnoe Decision                                                                          


Additional resources available from GLIFWC include media, calendar, booklets, youth publications, language resources, posters, cookbook, books, atlas, brochure, and include an opportunity to subscribe to the GLIFWC newspaper Mazina'igan. Each of these materials and resources are available through GLIFWC Education Materials and Treaty Rights sections.


Native Land Map, Discover whose native lands are found specific to your state, such as Wisconsin, the United States, and the North American continent using this interactive map. To use it, just enter a zip code or community name. You can choose to add territories, languages, or treaties to the map.

Poetry Lesson, In deceptively simple prose and verse, Louis V. "Two Shoes" Clark III shares his life story, from childhood on the Rez, through school and into the working world, and ultimately as an elder, grandfather, and published poet.  “How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century” explores Clark’s deeply personal and profound take on a wide range of subjects. Warm, plain spoken, and wryly funny, Clark’s is a unique voice talking frankly about a culture’ s struggle to maintain its heritage. His poetic storytelling style matches the rhythm of the life he recounts, what he calls "the heartbeat of my nation."

How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes)

Teaching Materials: Indian Nations of Wisconsin 2nd Edition, Designed exclusively for educators in the secondary classroom, each chapter is presented through the lens of the "Understanding by Design" lesson plan framework.


Chief Ninham: Forgotten Hero

Mama's Little One

Red Brethren:  The Brothertown and Stockbridge Indians and the Problem of Race in Early America

A Nation of Statesmen:  The Political Culture of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans, 1815-1972

Electra Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher

Classroom Activities on Chippewa Treaty Rights (1991) Bulletin #2150

Classroom Activities on Wisconsin Indian Treaties and Tribal Sovereignty (1996) Bulletin #6156

Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal (Revised 2nd Edition) with a lesson plan framework

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask

Native People of Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded Edition, which includes a Teacher's Guide and Student Materials

Wisconsin Indians: Revised and Expanded Edition

Mountain Wolf Woman: A Ho-Chunk Girlhood

People of the Big Voice Photographs of Ho-Chunk Famlies

A Nation within a Nation Voices of the Oneida Wisconsin

Native Nations of Wisconsin

Native American Tourism of Wisconsin: Official Guide of Native American Communities of Wisconsin

Good Seeds:  A Menominee Indian Food Memoir/Wisconsin Historical Society

Ojibwe-Waasa Inaabidaa “We look In All Directions”

Wisconsin First Nations American Indian Studies in Wisconsin

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) - “Established in 2006, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society”. Throughout the website you will see links to book reviews, Native media, and more.

Bowwow Powwow (2018)Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child is a book about “Windy Girl who is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself—about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything. 

When Uncle and Windy Girl and Itchy Boy attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Now Uncle’s stories inspire other visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers—all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow.

This playful story by Brenda J. Child is accompanied by a companion retelling in Ojibwe by Gordon Jourdain and brought to life by Jonathan Thunder’s vibrant dreamscapes. The result is a powwow tale for the ages”.