Indigenous Arts and Sciences (IAS) is a collaboration with Native Nations throughout Wisconsin, rooted in the widely-held Native values of respect, relationship, reciprocity, and responsibility. Through work with youth, families, communities, and teachers, IAS addresses the need for culturally relevant learning experiences and career exploration in the context of environmental education.
IAS emphasizes community, place, and culture in approaches to ecological restoration, with the goal of “indigenizing” science (a phrase used by project advisor Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer). Indigenized restoration education involves connections to traditional seasonal practices and emphasizes learning from tribal elders. In addition to professional development for teachers, IAS involves year-round youth programs that support family-school-community connections.
Indigenous Arts and Sciences is a joint initiative between the
Bad River, Ho-Chunk, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, and Red Cliff Nations
and Earth Partnership
Looking for summer and school year opportunities in STEM, environmental education, and more? Check out this list of pre-college opportunities for Native youth hosted by Tribal Colleges and UW System schools.
Digital storytelling is a powerful way for youth to learn more about the environment, identify issues of concern, and advocate for awareness and solutions. Youth have explored a variety of subjects through this medium, under the instruction of Professor Patty Loew and Reynaldo Morales of UW–Madison. Click the image to see a library of videos created by youth in the Bad River and Red Cliff Indigenous Arts and Sciences programs.