Indigenous peoples around the world have understood the stars, tides and local ecosystems for hundreds of years but experts say their insights have often been overlooked. Now some female scientists are striving to highlight their achievements and collect the scientific heritage of their communities before it disappears.
Friday Madison Community Foundation announced a $65,000 grant, awarded to the Office of American Indian Curriculum Services at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education, to establish new Native American heritage sites across the city. The first-of-its-kind, place-based educational initiative will feature interpretive signage and displays highlighting history, culture and tribal sovereignty within a 15-minute walk of five Madison elementary schools. This is the sixth major grant from Madison Community Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Year of Giving.
Two faculty members at the UW–Madison School of Nursing have received a $1.3 million federal grant to develop a comprehensive system of support services that will help admit, retain and graduate 30 Native American nursing students over the next four years.
“Having nurses who are actually members of a community is really vital to addressing the great health disparity that actually exists in these communities,” said Dr. Audrey Tluczek, director of the recruitment program. Native American students are among the most under-represented on the UW-Madison campus. The enrollment of Native American students in the UW-Madison School of Nursing is no different.
I’m so sick of the myth that it’s somehow “easier” for Native students get into college, or that the government pays for our whole education. These myths and stereotypes are harmful to Native students and are patently untrue. So I thought we should talk about it.