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Richard St. Germaine receives national education award

November 20, 2012
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Dr. Richard St. Germaine

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Richard St. Germaine, professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, received the 2012 Educator of the Year Award at the recent National Indian Education Association Convention in Oklahoma City.

St. Germaine was one of five NIEA members honored for their accomplishments in improving the lives of American Indians through education.

"Rick is one of the most skilled, knowledgeable, dedicated and generous faculty members I have ever met," said Dr. Kate Lang, associate professor and chair of the UW-Eau Claire history department. "He taught in the history department at UW-Eau Claire from 1991 until he retired last year, reaching out to students at all levels and receiving numerous accolades for his work, including an invitation to be a visiting scholar at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University."

Dr. James Oberly, professor of history, said that the award was "well earned, well deserved."

"Dr. St. Germaine is a most worthy winner of the 2012 National Indian Education Association award for excellence," Oberly said. "Teaching and learning have been his life's work for more than four decades — at the local, state, national and international levels. He has touched thousands of lives, including a generation and more of students at UW-Eau Claire."

St. Germaine has a long history of Indian activism, dating back to the Winter Dam takeover in the 1970s. He received his bachelor's degree in secondary education from UW-Eau Claire, his master's degree in education and doctorate in educational administration from Arizona State University. He spent two years at Harvard University, where he was a senior visiting scholar at the Kennedy School of Government and a lecturer in the Graduate School of Education.

St. Germaine currently is employed by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota in the planning, development and administration of educational institutions. He also contributes his time as a coordinator and consultant to the Lac Courte Oreilles LEARN Commission.

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