Act 31 in Wisconsin

26 February 2018

In February I was interviewed by Max Bayer of the UW-Madison “Daily Cardinal” concerning work that we have done in Black River regarding Act 31, legislation passed in the 1989-90 biennium that “mandates” teaching about American Indian history and culture in Wisconsin’s public schools.  The law was a response to the violence that occurred in the northern part of the state concerning Ojibewe Treaty Rights, and the general sense that non-native people had only minimal knowledge of the story of the Indigenous people of our state.  Read the article in full here.

New Postings

25 February 2018

As I have been revamping this page and developing this new web-site, I’m planning to offer new postings here.  Let me offer this as a starter.  The following quote is from Alvin Toffler, futurist and author of Future Shock (1970), among other books.

“The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they – at some distant point in the future – will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely… because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.” 

His words seem strikingly relevant in February of 2018, especially in light of the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida this past week.  The outpouring of political activism by young people around the country is heartening, to say the least