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Sunday, April 28 • 10:00am - 11:00am
The Story of Act 31: How Native History Came to Wisconsin Classrooms

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Join author J.P. Leary as he discusses the history and impact of Act 31, the 1989 state law known as Act 31 requires that all students in Wisconsin learn about the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s federally recognized tribes.

The Story of Act 31 tells the story of the law’s inception—tracing its origins to a court decision in 1983 that affirmed American Indian hunting and fishing treaty rights in Wisconsin, and to the violent public outcry that followed the court’s decision. Author J. P. Leary paints a picture of controversy stemming from past policy decisions that denied generations of Wisconsin students the opportunity to learn about tribal history.

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J. P. Leary

Dr. J P Leary currently serves as an Associate Professor of First Nations Studies, History, and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he has taught since 2011. He is a graduate faculty member in Education and the doctoral program in First Nations Education. He... Read More →

Sunday April 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Brown County Library Central Branch—Auditorium