Applications due October 27

Dr. Kasey Keeler (Tuolumne Band Me-Wuk & Citizen Potawatomi)
Dr. Sasha Suarez (White Earth Ojibwe)

Mar 28–Mar 30, 2024

Off-site – University of Wisconsin-Madison



The University of Wisconsin campus has been described as the most archeologically rich campus in the world. What is less recognized and publicly shared, is that the University of Wisconsin rests atop a significant Ho-Chunk landscape.

In this interdisciplinary workshop, Native American and Indigenous Studies methodologies are centered to reveal Indigenous presence amidst the many and complex ways contemporary places are rendered settler spaces on occupied Indigenous landscapes. Using the University of Wisconsin as a guiding case study, participants will utilize place-based learning to explore how Indigenous histories are embedded on the land, despite centuries of dispossession. 

In addition to the lake-side college campus, participants will be guided by Dr. Keeler and Dr. Suarez to think critically about other landscapes across North America, both urban and suburban, and the ways Indigenous placemaking takes shape all around us daily. Participants will engage with such themes and topics as memory, erasure, Indigenous infrastructure, suburban Indians, place-based land acknowledgements, identity and belonging, “firsting and lasting,” and resurgence and decolonization efforts.

One student from each NCAIS institution may participate in the three-day workshop as part of an introduction to critical methodologies in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Housing will be provided and participants will be reimbursed up to $600 for travel. Leftover funding will be used to lessen the travel costs of students whose travel costs exceed $600.

Interested students should apply directly to their NCAIS Faculty Liaison by October 27, 2023.