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Wisconsin Indian Education Association
Conference Scheduled for April 6-9
MAILED: March 22, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs will sponsor the Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference April 6-9 in Lac du Flambeau.
GEAR UP is a program to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
A two-day youth conference at the Lac du Flambeau public school will start the WIEA conference. Workshops for students, parents and teachers, a feast and a Pow Wow will be held on Saturday, April 6. On Sunday, April 7, there will be performances by One Drum, a multicultural ensemble highlighting music, dance and stories common in several of the world's cultures; Wade Fernandez, a guitarist and flutist who recently appeared at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games; Tony Palmer, a recording artist from New Mexico; and Chance Rush, a motivational speaker and comedian. Jim Fortier, a filmmaker and director, also will present his documentary, "Alcatraz is Not an Island," and the Native Roots group will perform their skits about Lac du Flambeau. A community dance and jam session with many of the visiting artists will end the activities on Sunday.
The cost of the two-day youth conference, which is open to the public, is $5 per person. Vendors and exhibitors will provide a variety of food, crafts and entertainment.
The WIEA conference also will include a two-day educators conference Monday and Tuesday, April 8 and 9, at the Lake of the Torches Casino and Conference Center, Lac du Flambeau. Patty Lowe and Linda Sue Warner are the keynote speakers. Lowe is a Wisconsin Public Television producer and anchor and the author of "Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal." Warner was the winner of the National Indian Education Association's Educator of the Year Award in 2002. There will be an awards banquet Monday evening and a general business meeting Tuesday morning.
Throughout the conference, tours of the George W. Brown Cultural Center, Lac du Flambeau museum, maple sugar camp and Ojibwe Language Center will be available. Other activities include a run-walk, art contest, silent auction and raffle.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 22, 2001