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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Creating an Indigenous Pedagogy Collection


Indigenous scholarship has often been overlooked by higher education institutions in the United States and correspondingly there has been a lack of attention paid to collections focused on Indigenous scholarship and Indigenous authors. While the UW–Madison Libraries hold a collection of books focused on American Indian studies, there is not a cohesive indigenous pedagogy collection and the collection is missing preeminent works in the area.

This project will enhance the UW–Madison American Indian Studies collection with an emphasis on Indigenous pedagogy. The School of Education, American Indian Studies, and MERIT Library are creating an Indigenous pedagogy collection to support research, teaching, and learning. This collection will be valuable and timely in light of our campus’ recent acknowledgement that it occupies Ho-Chunk land and institutionally-supported, campus-wide efforts to increase the teaching of Ho-Chunk history, culture, and sovereignty. Additionally, School of Education recently created a committee focused on Indigenous Education.

The campus library system also has extended borrowing privileges to members of First Nations and members of the Ho-Chunk Nation have expressed interest in using the collection. This collection will be one of a few collections in the United States focused on Indigenous pedagogy.


Larry Nesper, Professor of Anthropology; Director of American Indian Studies


Jim Jonas, Senior Academic Librarian


Omar Polar, American Indian Curriculum Services Coordinator, School of Education

Trisha Prosise, Senior Academic Librarian

Kaitlin Younger, Information Assistant, MERIT Library