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Meet Our Workshop Team


Sasanehsaeh Jennings


Sasanehsaeh Jennings is from the Menominee Nation and currently serves as the Tribal Liaison for the University of Wisconsin System. She earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, and both her M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and B.A. in Sociology/American Indian Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sasanehsaeh has worked in education for 10 years both with college and high school students. As an educator and scholar activist, her passion is to transform spaces to create a more just institution. Her work centers around the past and present impacts of colonization, specifically with a focus on educational spaces in and outside of the classroom. Sasanehsaeh’s work has been called on by many institutions around the United States, where she has done numerous lectures on topics ranging from Modern Day Boarding Schools to Decolonization and Community. Sasanehsaeh has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota and Auburn University.

ManidooNoodin - Jason Schlender

(Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe)

 Jason has served in many roles in his community including; Vice Chairman and council member for the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board, Chairman of Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Institute and as Chairman of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Voigt InterTribal Taskforce. He holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in History from the University of WisconsinSuperior and a Masters of Arts in Tribal Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He was previously an instructor at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College (LCOOCC) and was a Culture and Language Specialist at the Red Cliff Early Childhood Center. Jason is a second language learner of the Ojibwe language, has studied the Ojibwe language at LCOOCC, and has acquired language by immersing himself in Ojibwe ceremonies and life ways. Jason is an active treaty rights practitioner and assists his community with seasonal harvest activities and ceremonial events

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