What is the correct terminology: American Indian, Indian, Native American, Native, or First Nations? All of these terms are commonly used, except "Indian" which usually refers to those of Southeast Asian descent, so that is generally to be avoided. Whenever possible, Native people prefer to be called by their specific tribal name, as each Nation has a unique culture, language and history, so learning about the local Wisconsin tribes and their history is recommended. American Indian is the legal historical term used in treaties and most recently, "Alaska Native" has been included. "First Nation" is a term which originated in Canada and originally referred to the Canadian Indigenous population and is not politically incorrect, but will not be used here to avoid confusion regarding the Title VI Indian Education service population. Native, Native American and American Indian are interchangeable and depending on who you ask, each person has their own preference.
- MMSD Integrating American Indian Topics Throughout the Year
- Teaching and Learning Wisconsin American Indian Studies links to tribal, Wisconsin, national, and educational sources (includes links to all the tribes of Wisconsin)
- Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Classroom Lessons lesson plans
- Federal Native American Heritage Month includes online exhibits and teaching resources
- Indian Country Today Native news from across the U.S.
Wisconsin and Local Resources:
- Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council includes links to each of the Wisconsin tribes, educational information, tribal information, events, and programs
- Milwaukee Public Museum’s Indian Country Wisconsin includes information on culture, history, sovereignty, and modern communities in Wisconsin
- Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission including educational resources; many free, low-cost, downloadable materials
- UW-Madison’s American Indian Curriculum Services links to resources, tribal and intertribal sites, and museums
- Wisconsin Historical Society lesson plans including Native American topics
- WisconsinAct31.0rg Lesson plans for PK - 12 from UW-Madison
- The Ways video series from Wisconsin Media Lab about Native communities in the central Great Lakes
- Wisconsin Media Lab’s A Wisconsin Powwow video and teacher guide
- Act 31 Resources Curriculum Center includes videos and lesson materials
- Wisconsin Indian Education Association includes links and association information
Book Recommendations and Information on Selecting Resources:
- Oyate "Oyate is a Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed with honesty and integrity, and that all people know that our stories belong to us." Shop for culturally accurate and authentic books about First Nations. Also find reviews and resources.
- Debbie Reese's American Indians In Childrens Literature Blog Includes Top 10 lists and book recommendations for elementary and high school
- Cooperative Children’s Book Center book search; click the "American Indian" checkbox under "Multicultural Categories" then click on the "Advanced Search" button (leave the search box blank).
- Choosing Accurate and Authentic First Nations Books
- Elementary Resources on WI Nations