Focus Areas

The Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education pursues its vision by focusing on the following areas.

Teacher Education

The Institute’s special relationship with UWM’s School of Education is reflected in its emphasis on projects related to education. Culturally based education is particularly relevant to American Indian students, which requires particular teaching strategies that can be conveyed to teachers through pre-service education and professional development. Wisconsin’s law Act 31 requires training for teachers about American Indian history and culture. By fostering projects related to American Indian education, the Institute hopes to improve the quality of education for American Indian students.

The Indian Community School

EQI and its affiliates serve the needs of ICS and ICS students by working with ICS staff to support creation of new curriculum, research of best practices, exploration of new paradigms and innovative collaboration that leads to the instruction of American Indian pedagogy and methodology both separate from common curriculum, and within existing STEM, humanities and social science classes.


In Milwaukee, EQI partners with educators and allies working to educate and responsibly represent American Indian people, history and culture. Click here to see a list of our research partners.


On the UWM campus, the Director of EQI Chairs the American Indian Advisory Group to the Provost. The group focuses on those things that the committee members perceive to be related to the success of American Indian initiatives, students, staff and faculty; seeking to guide the campus to be inclusive of American Indian people and culture. Several UWM faculty serve each year as EQI Affiliates and EQI has received grants related to numerous interdisciplinary projects on campus.

The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are currently home to nations whose creation stories place them in this location and nations who migrated to, or were removed to the area as well as new nations and states. The primary nations in this network are the various Ojibwe, Oneida, Potawatomi, Stockbridge, Ho-Chunk, Odawa, Miamiya nations along with the United States and Canada. All of these nations have education systems that need to be connected. Part of the work of EQI is to connect educators in these settings as they focus on American Indian education, culture, language and science.

Global Indigenous Networks

It is important for EQI to operate in a context of both learning and teaching. For this reason the Director, Affiliates and numerous partners are expected to be visibly engaged at a national level. EQI is regularly represented at a number of regional and national gatherings including:

We invite you to check back at the Electa Quinney Institute website for updates on our activities and focus areas.