Conference for K-12 Educators-Wisconsin Native Arts & Culture

Thursday, January 23, 2020

7:45 AM – 4:30 PM

About the Training

For educators and Native American artists to share knowledge, build relationships, and advance a common vision – integrate curriculum, creativity, and Native American cultural experiences in the classroom.

Participant Outcomes


  • Experience Native American arts culture
  • Explore Native American music and an original Native song for classroom use


  • Keynote speaker on American Indian Studies in WI, Act 31
  • Immerse yourself in WI Native history and culture
  • Respectfully incorporate Native history in your curriculum


  • Discover the SEEDS Grant Program for WI schools and community groups
  • Interact and engage with Native American artists

Target Audience

  • K-12 Teachers
  • District Administrators
  • Principals
  • Directors of Instruction/Curriculum Coordinators
  • Any others with an interest in American Indian Studies

Registration and Fees

The cost of this conference is $40/person, which covers continental breakfast, lunch, instructional costs, and supplies. Register online here.

Training and Lodging Site

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center

2040 Airport Dr, Green Bay, WI 54313 (map)

Lodging accommodations can be made by calling 920-494-7300. Ask to book a room in the Wisconsin Native Arts & Culture Conference for Educators prior to January 1, 2020. Participants are responsible for all costs and arrangements related to hotel reservations and lodging. Be sure to bring the appropriate documentation with you if your agency or district is tax-exempt.


Marin Webster Denning

Keynote Speaker


Marin (Mark) Denning is nationally recognized as a leading educator, lecturer, and curriculum specialist in American Indian history and culture. Mark is a men’s traditional dancer, pow wow emcee, gifted public speaker, and knowledge keeper of our traditional ways. He is a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in the School of Education, and serves as an education consultant and trainer with Boeing Corporation.

Keynote: Unwrap the invisibility of Native American artists, healing aspects of that can we found in what we do, what it’s like as an artist to be of service to communities, Act 31, and the integration of curriculum for the visibility of Native American culture.

Coleen Bins

Corn Husk Dolls Presentation

From Cornhusk dolls and silver brooches to beadwork and dream catchers, Coleen Bins, is a gifted artisan in traditional and contemporary Native and Iroquois adornments and crafts. For Iroquois people, the jewelry, clothing, and beadwork they wore represented stories and legends. Through Coleen, learn about the different kinds of adornment, history, and symbolism

Wade Fernandez


Indigenous Music


Wade Fernandez, Wiciwen Apis-Mahwaew, has been sharing his musical art and respectfully representing the Menominee culture on stages and classrooms worldwide for over 25 years. He is an international award-winning musician/recording artist/songwriter/producer who performs with voice, guitar, Native American flute, and hand drum.

Richie Plass

Bittersweet Winds Demonstration

Richie Plass is Menominee and Stockbridge/Munsee from the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. He has been writing poetry since the mid-1960s and has been in various publications around Wisconsin and the United States. Richie is a musician, songwriter, public speaker & educator, traditional dancer, former radio host, and curator of the traveling exhibit on Native American imagery Bittersweet Winds.

Paul Ninham

Native American Traditional Games

It is Paul’s ambition to teach and share Native traditional games (the Original Games) so that the games that are inherent to our people are perpetuated and sustained into the future. Paul implements culturally responsive physical activities as he teaches the games from a holistic perspective. Through presentations, demonstrations, and game play, students are immersed in Indigenous culture as they participate in the components of physical fitness: strength, balance, speed, power, coordination, and agility.

Schedule Overview

7:45 AMRegistration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 AMWelcome
9:00-9:45 AMKeynote
10:00-12:15 PMBreak-Out Sessions- Corn Husk Dolls Presentation, Native American Traditional Games, Indigenous Music, Ledger Art
12:30-1:10 PMLunch
1:10-1:20 PMFriendship Dance
1:20-2:00 PMPerformance
2:15-3:30 PMWorld Café
3:40 PMClosing



Kim Wurst, Program Manager

Community Education Center


Native American Education Resources for the Classroom

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.