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Position: Ojibwe Language and Culture Teacher

Posting Date: May 5, 2021

Closing Date: Open until filled

Supervision: Akii-gikinoo’amaading Director

Salary: Negotiable (D.O.Q.)

This position will lead the implementation of an Ojibwe language and culture program that reflects local Anishinaabe dialect, customs, and history that promotes student acquisition and retention of language and knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the culture. Akii-gikinoo’amaading is seeking an individual who is passionate about learning, students, and innovative teaching that will help students reach their full potential within our school and community through meaningful, equitable, and targeted educational experiences that affirms and values their unique cultural identities.

Akii-gikinoo’amaading is a 6-12th grade project-based learning (PBL) school that will engage youth in indigenous science learning experiences that motivate them to be engaged global citizens through critical thinking and analysis of environmental issues and to explore STEM careers that meet future workforce needs for managing tribal resources. The Ojibwe Language and Culture Teacher will work with the Instructional Team to structure, implement and manage direct instruction and facilitate learning for students that motivates them to develop skills and competencies related to understanding Ojibwe language, traditions, customs, values, history, and art in a place-based and project-based learning environment.

All educator license categories will be considered (or ability to obtain a teaching license). Akii-gikinoo’amaading is a teacher-powered school, where management of the learning, program, and school is the responsibility of the instructional team. Applicants must be willing to accept non traditional teacher duties as this is a non-traditional school. Applicants must be risk takers, comfortable with change, and show evidence of creative problem solving. This position is for an individual who is excited to teach outside the walls of a classroom and be comfortable outside year-round. We are seeking an active learner, not afraid to tackle new ideas and tasks. The candidate should have the ability to guide, facilitate, coach, and create, rather than lecture and use a prepared curriculum. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a strong desire to collaborate in project-based learning, student-centered education, and the ability to make school look a lot less like school. Experience in outdoor education or expeditionary learning is highly desired.

Essential Job Functions:

• Develop, organize, implement and evaluate curriculum scope, sequence, activities, and resources for 6-12 Ojibwe language and culture-based curriculum activities.
• Work with teachers to integrate a culturally-based curriculum and culture into classroom instruction, projects, and activities aligned with WI State Academic Standards in the areas of mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies.
• Assist with the development of indigenized science lessons to reflect local place and culture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in the Lac Courte Oreilles and surrounding Ojibwe communities with elders, tribal historic preservation officers, and tribal educators.
• Develop and strengthen capacity-building community partnerships with formal and informal educators and tribal members that generate enthusiasm among youth and adults for environmental science learning and stewardship imbued with culture and place
• Identify, recruit, and facilitate cultural activities, speakers, resources, and events within the school.
• Organize and help lead family and community events in the Lac Courte Oreilles communities involving youth, families, tribal scientists, youth leaders, etc., that coincide with cultural and seasonal events;
• Promote improved performance in knowing and understanding the Ojibwe language and culture program among students, parents, staff, and community members.
• Teacher will commit to explore new and innovative ways of teaching.
• Perform such other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the School Director/Lead Teacher.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in Ojibwe Language, Science, Environmental Education, Natural Resources, Native American studies, or related field with a valid WI teaching license or ability to obtain a teaching license.

• Experience working with 6 -12th grade students.
• Highly proficient Ojibwe speaker, with a deep and broad understanding of the Ojibwe culture, Indigenous pedagogy, and student growth and development.
• Knowledge of Ojibwe treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, Ojibwe cultural practices, and academic barriers impacting education and career opportunities for native youth.
• Proficiency with computers and other classroom technology.
• Advanced oral and written communication skills
• Experience working with native youth and young adults with demonstrated deep understanding of native culture and language.


Submit completed LCO Employment Application including Release and Authorization Form (available upon request or on the Tribe’s website) along with a cover letter, resume and at least three (3) letters of reference. Certificate of Good Standing in each jurisdiction where licensed and any other supportive documents. Tribal Member applicants must provide a signed official document from a federally recognized Tribe acknowledging enrollment.


Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Government

ATTN: Human Resource Department

13394 W. Trepania Road

Hayward, WI 54843

Fax (715) 634-4797

HR Fax (715) 699-1209

Tribal preference will apply to qualified applicants in accordance with the Lac Courte Oreilles Policies & Procedures Manual.

Preference will extend to Tribal Members, second to Non-Tribal Members with dependents who are Tribal Members, third to other American Indians and fourth to Non-Native Americans who meet the minimum qualifications of the position. This is in accordance with P.L. 93-638 and Federal Regulations on “INDIAN PREFERENCE”.

Tagged as: 6-12 grades, culture, high school, middle school, ojibwe language, project based learning

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