Native American Outreach & Recruitment Admissions Counselor
Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
James is an Oneida Nation tribal member and a first-generation college graduate from Milwaukee, WI. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies with a Certificate in Cultures & Communities. Through his formal education at UW-Milwaukee he has studied Native American history, anthropology, archeology, ethnobotany as well as a wide array of other courses. James’ professional background includes working previously at the Milwaukee Public Museum which provided him with hands-on experience working with Native American exhibits, engaging the community as a public educator, and working with tribal liaisons on repatriating cultural and ceremonial items that fall under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). James has also worked as a tribal government employee actively participating in tribal government and is currently working in higher education helping bridge educational gaps in tribal communities.
Speaker fee may apply.
- We are just now putting into context what a Land Grant University is and how universities were complicit in colonization that resulted in detrimental outcomes for Indigenous people that still resonate to this day.
- Our presentation addresses the flaws of collecting data on Indigenous students within higher education. This presentation will examined these flaws and provide ethical approaches on how to collect meaningful and thought data. Furthermore we will be examining the significance of this data and its implications.
- In the early 1900’s Huron Smith traveled to different First Nations located in WI and documented their vast botanical knowledge and even providing linguistic examples of how these plants were identified in the various Indigenous languages spoken by tribal communities in WI.