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UW-Eau Claire Project Receives State Award
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MAILED: March 18, 1997

EAU CLAIRE - The "Classroom Activities on Wisconsin Indian Treaties and Tribal Sovereignty" manual was awarded the 1996 Wisconsin Distinguished Document Award by a state association.

The annual award is given by the Document Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association to the best Wisconsin public document.

Dr. Ron Satz, dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was director of the UW-Eau Claire Wisconsin Indian History, Culture and Tribal Sovereignty Project, which produced the manual. Satz was assisted in the project by five UW-Eau Claire graduate students.

"Classroom Activities on Wisconsin Indian Treaties and Tribal Sovereignty" provides a wealth of new material for teachers, elementary through college students, parents and librarians.

"On behalf of the libraries, students, teachers and Wisconsin citizens who have access to the manual through depository libraries, thank you for such a valuable resource," Karen Pope, a government publications librarian at UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library, said in a memo to Satz notifying him of the award.

The WLA award gives formal recognition to those Wisconsin governmental agencies and authors whose work has contributed significantly to the access and quality of local, regional and state government public information. Among the 10 criteria for the award are: a contribution to the expansion of knowledge, innovation in presentation, creativity of approach, ease of reference use and quality of appearance, and presentation in a lucid style.

Satz worked with UW-Eau Claire alumnus Jason Tetzloff, who was assistant director of the project. Student assistants Laura Evert, Mary Burke Fazendin, Angela Firkus, Timothy Panasuk and Ani Satz also contributed to the manual.

The 494-page manual is published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and is available for sale as Bulletin No. 96156. In a Forward to the manual, State Superintendent of School John T. Benson notes that the publication expands the focus and perspective of the study of treaty rights, and is an important response to the Wisconsin statute that calls for schools to include instruction in the history, culture and tribal sovereignty issues of Wisconsin American Indian tribes.

Presenting the award on behalf of the association were Karen Pope, recent past chair of the Document Services Section, and Leslie Foster, of McIntyre Library. As a state of Wisconsin regional document depository, McIntyre Library provides free public access to Wisconsin documents.

The WLA award was the second state award given to a UW-Eau Claire Indian History, Culture and Tribal Sovereignty Project publication. The "Chippewa Treaty Rights" book won the 1992 Award of Merit from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

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Janice B. Wisner
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Updated: April 1, 1997