Ten members of the UW-Madison community have been honored by Madison365 in its annual list of the most influential Native American leaders for 2022.
A nonprofit online news publication, Madison365 has published annual power lists recognizing Wisconsin leaders from different racial and ethnic groups since 2015. The purpose of the lists is to “highlight the beauty of diversity in our state” and raise role models for young people in Wisconsin. people, according to Henry Sanders, Jr., co-founder, publisher and CEO of Madison365.
“You may be familiar with a few of these names, but chances are most of them will be new to you,” Sanders said. “I invite you to know them. Reach out to those who live and work in your communities. Learn from them, network, create partnerships. And spread the word – let others in your network know that we have people of all ethnicities living and working in Wisconsin to make this state a good and prosperous place for all.
Congratulations to current and former UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff who have received this well-deserved recognition. You can read the full article on the Madison365 website.
Carl Artman (EMBA ’99) is an attorney in Milwaukee who represents tribal clients on a variety of issues including gaming, natural resources and energy development, financing, industry regulation and compliance, corporate structure and government affairs. He is also a member of the advisory board of Earth & Water Law and the board of directors of JackRabbit Homes. He served as the 10th Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the United States Department of the Interior. He also served as Associate Department Attorney for Indian Affairs and Chief Advocate for his tribe, the Oneida Nation. Artman is also an associate professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He earned his Executive MBA from UW-Madison, his JD from Washington University – St. Louis, and his LL.M. in Natural Resources and Environmental Law from the University of Denver.
Dan Cornelius (JD ’09) is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and Outreach Specialist and Deputy Director of the Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center at UW-Madison Law School. He graduated in 2009 from Wisconsin Law School. For seven years he worked for the Intertribal Agriculture Council in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture. Cornelius’ work has focused on assisting Indigenous Nations and their members in the development of Indigenous agriculture and food systems, promoting greater access to USDA programs, including conservation , value-added production and infrastructure development, as well as the expansion of inter-tribal trade and commerce.
Dr. Angela Fernandez is an assistant professor at the UW-Madison School of Nursing and a member of the campus Native American Environment, Health, and Community faculty group. A member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin, its research program draws on more than two decades of combined experience in research, practice, teaching, and service in social work and public health nationally and internationally. with Indigenous, Latino, and other marginalized communities in inpatient and outpatient settings. health care settings, academia, non-profit organizations and the Peace Corps. As a clinician, she has worked with interprofessional teams in inpatient and outpatient care and holds clinical social work licenses in Wisconsin and Washington states. As an instructor, she has taught courses on historical trauma and critical and healing social theories. As a prevention scientist, she examines the role of cultural practices and contact with nature as protective factors in the prevention of chronic and co-occurring diseases (e.g. mental health, addiction, diabetes) among Indigenous peoples. .
Jennifer K. Gauthier (’98) is a Community Development Educator in Menominee County/Nation and Senior Outreach Specialist in the UW-Madison Division of Extension. A registered member of the Menominee Nation who also has Ho-Chunk, Oneida and Stockbridge origins, Gauthier is involved in the food sovereignty of Indigenous communities and supports local partners with elements of strategic planning. For nearly 25 years she has worked with the Menominee community, including tribal government and most recently as a community development educator. At the heart of Gauthier’s work is the integration of Menominee language and culture into all aspects of programming. She is particularly enthusiastic about her work with Indigenous food systems, both at home and abroad. Gauthier has been instrumental in building a food system that incorporates local knowledge, Menominee language and teachings, and community. UW-Madison presented her with the Outstanding Women of Color Award for 2021-22.
House of Dr. Jo Anne (JD ’93) is the Chief Advocate for the Oneida Nation. She received her JD from UW-Madison Law School in 1993 and her Ph.D. from Walden University, where she studied public policy and administration with a focus on deliberative democracy in tribal governments with the goal of developing a tool that tribal governments can use to improve information , discussion and decision-making at member meetings.
Dr. J. P. Leary (Ph.D. ’12), a member of the Delaware Indian Tribe in Oklahoma, is an Associate Professor of First Nations Studies, History, and Humanities at UW–Green Bay. He is also a graduate faculty member of the Professional Education Program and a faculty member of the Center for First Nations Studies. He regularly teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to FNS: The Tribal World, American Indians in Film, Mohican Ethnohistory, First Nations and Education Policy, and the FNS Seminar. Her main research interests are in curriculum policy, educational history, and Indigenous representation and self-representation in education and popular culture. Leary is also the academic advisor for the Intertribal Student Council. He received his PhD in Educational Policy Studies from UW-Madison in 2012.
Crystal Lepscier (’05, MS ’11) is the First Nations Student Success Coordinator at UW–Green Bay, where she also teaches First Nations Studies courses. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Madison, where she was a PEOPLE Scholar, a member of the Wunk Sheek and Alpha Pi Omega student groups, and was active in the Wisconsin Union leadership and of the Hoofers Ski and Snowboard Club. She is part of the first cohort of the UW-GB PhD program in First Nations Studies.
Dr. Jo Deen B. Lowe (JD ’85) is Chief Justice of the Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court. A 1985 graduate of UW-Madison Law School, she served as in-house counsel for a number of Wisconsin tribes and worked at the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She served as the district attorney for Jackson County, Wisconsin, and was the nation’s first Ho-Chunk Attorney General.
Dr Sasanehsaeh Pyawasay (’07, MS ’09), an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation of the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin, is the first Native Student Success Coordinator for the UW system, where she advocates for Native students at all colleges across the UW system and universities. Born into the Menominee Nation in northeastern Wisconsin, she came to UW-Madison as a Powers-Knapp Scholar and studied sociology and education. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership Development and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Adrienne Thunder (MS ’97, Ph.D. x22) is Director of the Hoocąk Waaziija Haci Language Division for the Ho-Chunk Nation, a role she has held since 2016. The Language Division is dedicated to ensuring that Hoocąk remains a language alive through a language academy, language learning programs and a Hoocąk language childcare center. Prior to heading into the language division, Thunder served four years as executive director of the nation’s Department of Education and 12 years as an academic advisor at UW-Madison. She has a master’s degree in educational administration from UW-Madison and hopes to earn her doctorate from UW this year.