Dissertations on Tribal Life in Wisconsin

Under the guidance of UW-Madison faculty members, students at all levels have engaged in research on issues of importance to Native Nations in Wisconsin. Below is a list of research dissertations and theses by students pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees. (Departments in parentheses, when known.)

PH.D. Dissertations

The Morphophonemics of the Winnebago Verbal, by Anita Elma Marten, 1964. (Linguistics)

Winnebago Indians, 1634-1829: An Archeological and Ethnohistoric Investigation, by Janet D. Spector, 1974. (Anthropology)

A Comparison of Two Vocabulary Development Approaches on Intermediate Grade Menominee Indian Children, by Edwina Larry Battle, 1975. (Curriculum and Instruction)

Menominee Termination and Restoration, by Nicholas Carl Peroff, 1977. (Political Science)

The Relationship of Test Anxiety and Selected Background Factors to Reading Achievement and Attitude of Intermediate Grade Menominee Indian Children, by Edward W. Pierce, 1980. (Curriculum and Instruction)

A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Field-Independence/Field-Dependence as a Psychological Variable in Menominee Native-American and Euro-American Grade School Students, by Cheryl Anita Rose Utley, 1983. (Behavioral Disabilities)

Affect, Experiences, and the Computer-Related Coursework of Eighth- and Twelfth-Grade Students in the Menominee Indian School District, by Jerilyn Rose Mary Grignon, 1991. (Curriculum and Instruction)

Nature, Territory and Identity in the Wisconsin Ojibwe Treaty Rights Conflict, by Steven Eric Silvern, 1995. (Geography)

Newspapers and the Lake Superior Chippewa in the “unProgressive” Era, by Patty Loew, 1998. (Mass Communications)

Unlikely Alliances: Treaty Conflicts and Environmental Cooperation between Native American and Rural White Communities, by Zoltan Grossman, 2002. (Geography)

An Ojibwe Perspective on the Welfare of Children: Rescuing Children or Homogenizing America? by Carol A. Hand, 2003. (Social Welfare)

Menominee Prosodic Structure, by Marianne I. Milligan, 2005. (Linguistics)

Recovering Language, Reclaiming Voice: Menominee Language Revitalization, by Christine Keller Lemley, 2006. (Curriculum and Instruction)

Birth is a Ceremony: Story and Formulas of Thought in Indigenous Medicine and Indigenous Communications, by Patrisia Gonzales, 2007. (Mass Communications)

Centeotzintli: Sacred Maize. A 7,000 Year Ceremonial Discourse, by Roberto Garcia Rodriguez, 2008. (Mass Communications)

The Social Dynamics of Ojibwe Prophecy, by Camille Yvonne Bernier, 2010. (Anthropology)

The Tangled Roots of Act 31: American Indians and Curriculum Policy in Wisconsin, by James Paul Leary, 2012. (Educational Policy Studies)

Indigenous Forestry in the Americas: Environmental Histories in Bolivia and Wisconsin, by Michael J. Dockry, 2012. (Forestry)

Routes of Resurgence: the Wisconsin Oneidas and the Long Red Power Movement, by Doug Kiel, 2012. (History)

Ganawendan Ginibiiminaan: Water Stewardship with the Bad River Ojibwe, by Jessie Conaway (in progress). (Environmental Studies)

Justice Paradigms and the Worthiness Principle: Public Discourse, Policy, and Three Mine Debates in Wisconsin (working title), by Meg Turville-Heitz (in progress). (Life Sciences Communication)

Native Teens, Facebook Use and Identity in the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Community (working title), by Christina Rencontre (in progress). (Life Sciences Communication)

Science Documentary Production as Positive Youth Development for Ojibwe Adolescents, by Tim Tynan (in progress). (Life Sciences Communication)

Wunj iin Daaptoonaakanum Niiloona Eelaachiimwuyeengwu (Our Story Told from My Own Voice): Indigenous Educational Policy and Identity Development, Nicole Bowman (in progress). (Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis)

Eco-Cultural Restoration of Manoomin (Wild Rice) in the Ho Nee Um Pond: Spring and Nutrient Sediment Analysis of Lake Wingra, by Diana Peterson (in progress) (Environmental Studies)

Community-Based Health Communication in the Brothertown Indian Nation (working title), by Haley Madden (in progress). (Life Sciences Communication)

Master’s Theses

Sioux and Chippewa Half-Breed Scrip and Its Application to the Minnesota Pine Lands, by Gustav O. Brohough, 1906.

Indian Agencies at Peoria and Rock Island: A Study in the Potawatomi and Sauk and Fox Indians, by Dorothy Massey, 1923.

Political Socialization and Political Behavior: The Oneida Indians of Wisconsin, by Shirley Evelyn Cherkasky, 1986.

Oneida Resurgence: Land, Sovereignty, and Identity on a Wisconsin Indian Reservation, 1921-1974, by Doug Kiel, 2007.

The Influence of Culture on Attitudes to Wolves and Wolf Policy among Ojibwe Tribal Members and Non-Tribal Residents of Wisconsin's Wolf Range, by Victoria Shelley, 2010. (Environmental Studies)

Decolonizing Capacity and Agency: An Inquiry about Indigenous Education and the Development of Local Capacity to Design Culturally Relevant STEM Curriculum Materials for Tribal and Public Schools in Northeast Wisconsin, by Reynaldo Morales, 2014. (Curriculum and Instruction)