Looking to the Future in New Native American Literatures

First Nations Studies 2021-2022 Webinar Lecture Series

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 5/14/2022 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 5/14/2022 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 12
Agency Assistant: Judy Ross 715-685-1837
Presenter(s) / Instructor(s): Samantha Majhor (Dakota and Assiniboine descendant), Marquette University
Location: CESA 12 Online Event
Ashland, WI 54806
Facility: ZOOM Video Conferencing
5/16/2022 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM Registration Opens at 2:30 PM

Looking to the Future in New Native American Literatures

First Nations Studies 2021-2022 Webinar Lecture Series


About the Lecture Series

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) - American Indian Studies Program in partnership with CESA 12  is offering a unique opportunity to participate in a series of webinars to continue your journey of personal and professional development around First Nations Studies.

The monthly 2-hour webinar lecture series workshops will begin in November 2021 and continue through June 2022. The lecture series will feature various Native American scholars in the fields of history, literature, education, among other academic content areas. At each session, you will have the opportunity to hear from and learn from Indigenous authors and speakers. 

*NOTE: You must be present during the advertised date and time(s) to participate and watch the webinar. The webinars will NOT BE RECORDED. Additionally, participants do NOT have permission or authorization to record either via video or audio the contents of the session attending.*


Date and Time: Monday, May 16, 2022 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm | Registration Opens at 2:30pm


Presenter: Samantha Majhor (Dakota and Assiniboine descendant), Marquette University 


Title: Looking to the Future in New Native American Literatures


Description: Dr. Samantha Majhor (Dakota and Assiniboine - Fort Peck descendant) offers a fresh look at Native literary curriculum by focusing on the turn toward writing Indigenous Futurism in Native writing. The talk will outline the ways that new Native writing can help us learn about our shared histories and diverse cultures, envision new futures, and open new dialogue between Humanities and STEM subjects. 


Bio: Samantha Majhor (Dakota and Assiniboine descendant) is an Assistant Professor of English with a focus on Native American Literature at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her current research builds on her dissertation, “We are All Related: Contemporary Native American Literature and the Nonhuman Turn,” to explore the portrayal of natural and cultural materials like beaded dresses, houses, books, cars, and rivers in prose and poetry by Native writers. The project seeks to underscore long-held indigenous philosophies about material life and make visible the ways those concepts are both congruent with and divergent from recent theoretical turns toward materialism and object-oriented ontologies. She is also an advocate for indigenous language revitalization efforts and a student of Dakota language. 


Participant Outcomes

As a result of attending this webinar series, participants will have an opportunity to:

  • have an opportunity to continue their journey of personal and professional development around First Nations Studies.

  • learn about and gain an understanding of the unique circumstances faced by Native people in the past and today and the effect it has on today's students, families, and communities.

  • receive information, resources to identify books, and strategies to support teaching and learning about Native peoples, communities, and nations.

  • deepen their understanding of the American Indian experience through stories and information shared by the speakers.

  • understand the historical experiences and contemporary issues of American Indian peoples and nations through storytelling, language, literacy, etc.


Target Audience

  • District Administrators and Principals

  • Classroom Teachers

  • Curriculum Specialists, Directors of Instruction, and Library Media Specialists

  • School Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists

  • Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) Administrators and Staff

  • Tribal, Community, and School Liaison's (Home-School/Title VI/Johnson O’Malley Coordinators and Staff)

  • Tribal Education Directors and Staff

  • Head Start, Early Childhood, and Preschool Staff

  • College and University (especially Schools of Education) Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • Any others with an interest in American Indian Studies and education.



Bwaakoningwiid David J. O'Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Phone: (608) 267-2283 or


Additional Information/Disclaimers

The training webinar will NOT be recorded or otherwise shared after the scheduled dates. The DPI American Indian Studies Program has found that this allows for more candid conversations, richer dialogue, and increased participation.

This training webinar does NOT meet statutory license stipulations for "Wisconsin American Indian Tribes and Bands", which is often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31. For those seeking to address statuary license stipulations, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Educator Preparation and Licensing - Statutory License Stipulations webpage for a list of approved courses and workshops. You can also visit the DPI American Indian Studies Program for further information.

* The DPI American Indian Studies Program reserves the right to prioritize enrollment to LEAs with federally-identified IDEA status, Wisconsin's First Nations, and districts with significant educational equity needs.


Training Format

Each session will be 2 hours in length and facilitated by Bwaakoningwiid David J. O'Connor in partnership with the respective presenters for each session. The sessions are intended to be interactive and will include discussion time at the end of each session.

These sessions will be facilitated online using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.


Registration and Fees

There are NO registration fees to participate in these webinars offered by the DPI American Indian Studies Program, which are funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

Funding for this training limits individual acceptance to WISCONSIN RESIDENTS only. Registration is limited to 300 individuals per session. Pre-registration is required. 

***Each session must be registered separately for the First Nations Studies 2021-2022 Webinar Lecture Series.



Judy Ross, Program Assistant III

CESA #12 - Center for Special Education and Pupil Services

American Indian Studies Program,

618 Beaser Avenue, Ashland, WI  54806

Direct Line: (715) 685-1837


For more great training opportunities offered by DPI American Indian Studies Program, please visit our website at


Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received two business days prior to the event date for a refund to be issued. Persons registering and not in attendance on the day of the session will be charged the full registration fee (substitutions are accepted). CESA 12 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email or phone if a cancellation occurs.

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