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This legislation is rooted in the heated and sometimes violent treaty rights controversies related to the 1983 Voight Decision -- the federal court ruling which affirmed the reserved rights of the Lake Superior Bands of Chippewa. Through the 1980s and early 1990s, emotionally charged battles over tribal spear fishing and hunting rights took place between American Indians and non-Indians in Northern Wisconsin. At that time, the curriculum in Wisconsin's public schools included little about the history, culture or tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized tribes and bands in the state.
The Act 31 requirements were designed to provide Wisconsin's students with instruction in American Indian Studies because of its academic appropriateness and its potential to serve as a positive force with which to combat misunderstanding and social unrest.
Title VII contains three parts, only one of which applies to education in Wisconsin. Part A of the federal regulation is specific to Indian Education.
Shannon Mason Young, Eau Claire school district American Indian Educaiton coordinatorIn my position as the American Indian Education Coordinator, I have reached out to the American Indian Studies program to help provide resources, expertise, guidance and mentoring to the work that I do in the ECASD school district. Dr. Barker has been a speaker at events for the Title VII program where she has spoken to students and parents. She is a wonderful resource for curriculum questions regarding ACT 31 and what is currently being used in the school district. Dr. Moody has also been a wonderful resource to the Indian Education program.
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