Indigenous Voices

“Everything in my life helped to make me who I am.”

In 2002 I had a stroke. It was odd because I didn’t even realize it was happening. A co-worker basically saved my life by noticing and taking action. We were both teachers in the Ojibwe Language program at the Lac du Flambeau Public School and I had to go on disability after the stroke. Photo …

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Mildred Tinker Schuman | Lac du Flambeau, WI

“I really love games because of the ability for people to interact with them.”

I really love games because of the ability for people to interact with them. They’re not like other media where you sit down and just consume it. Games are great for learning because you have to actively engage and think about what you’re doing, which is awesome. Photo courtesy of Eleanore Falck I designed ‘Growing …

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Eleanore Falck | Menominee, WI

“I am descended from people who embraced the breath of life.”

People assume just because I live here on the reservation that I’ve been here all my life. But I have to tell them no, I was born in Chicago, and I’m a product of the Indian Relocation Act. Photos by Megan Monday “The Indian Relocation Act was an initiative that displaced Native Americans from the …

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Edith Leoso | Odanah, WI

Hummingbirds Connect Marena to Her Culture

Marena won us over with her soft voice and sweet, earnest attitude. When we spoke with her, she shared her love of her culture and her experience with Title VII education. There are sovereign tribes all over this state-now-known-as-Wisconsin. We loved hearing Marena talk about her wish. Share This Post Share on facebook Share on …

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Marena's Wish for WI | Madison, WI

“Being a role model to young ladies is a huge thing for me.”

I have the only Native American owned, woman-run cheer gym in the nation. It’s neat because it brings a little bit of a different edge to it. Photos by Megan Monday “The business I own is actually on the reservation, and the tribe was great in helping us start. Being a Native American woman, being …

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Cherokee | De Pere, WI

For Ma’iingan, Dancing Feels Like Home

https://vimeo.com/151813351 Ma’iingan really floored us. She’s only 13, but she has such grace and self-awareness. Ma’iingan gets to be part of two different tribes in Wisconsin. She came into the Love WI headquarters with her mom, and we talked about dancing. Ma’iingan learned Fancy Dance, which is a type of dance done at powwows, inspired by her mother. Sitting side …

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Ma'iingan's Wish for WI | Madison, WI