Indigenous EcoWell

Circular graphic that looks like it's made of colorful beads. A string and needle show beads in the process of being added to the finished design.



SoHE is home to several Native/Indigenous faculty whose work focuses on the intersections of Indigenous cultures, health, language and community. SoHE faculty members are collaborating with campus partners and First Nations to develop the SoHE Indigenous EcoWell Initiative. The intention is to build and engage a community of scholars, practitioners, undergraduate, and graduate students within this endeavor. 



Apply for Awards

Indigenous EcoWell will award up to $1000 to UWMadison students, faculty, staff, departments/organizations for event co-sponsorship, honoraria for Indigenous community members, and/or conference fees.
Deadlines:  April 1, July 1, October 1, 2021.
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The SoHE Indigenous EcoWell Initiative strives to: 

  • Strengthen relationships with Wisconsin First Nations, First Nations across the United States, and global Indigenous communities through collaborations that focus on the well-being of children, youth, families, and communities; 
  • Support learning opportunities for Indigenous students both on and off campus;  
  • Develop a new Ethnic studies SoHE course to be offered Fall 2021; 
  • Foster relationships with the Division of Extension and other UW—Madison schools/divisions, as well as other UW campuses to promote and enhance Indigenous scholars, students, and First Nations communities in regard to research and scholarship activities across campus; and  
  • Engage in research that is centered around Indigenous research paradigms and approaches that reflect the needs and aspirations of First Nations communities. 

For more information, contact Dr. Carolee Dodge Francis, SoHE Indigenous EcoWell Team Leader.

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Dr. Carolee Dodge Francis

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Dr. Brian McInnes

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Dr. Kasey Keeler

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Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano



Artist’s Note

Circular graphic that looks like it's made of colorful beads. A string and needle show beads in the process of being added to the finished design.

Sadie Red Wing, Master of Graphic Design; Spirit Lake Dakota/Cheyenne River Lakota; She/Her

About the artwork
Beadwork is an influential practice shared among numerous tribal sovereign nations in the United States. This beaded medallion symbolizes the stringing together of ideas, stacking elements for strength, and uniting forces of nature in an ongoing process of weaving the community. The floral depiction represents the student’s journey as they flourish in Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge and as the morning stars illuminate their path to fulfillment.

About the artist
Sadie Red Wing is a Lakota graphic designer and advocate from the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota. Red Wing earned her BFA in New Media Arts and Interactive Design at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received her Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Her research on cultural revitalization through design tools and strategies created a new demand for tribal competence in graphic design research. Red Wing urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, and she encourages those in the academic community to include Indigenous perspectives in design curricula. Currently, Red Wing serves as a Student Success Coach for American Indian College Fund (Denver, CO) where she specializes in student retention and resource-building for the Native American demographic in higher education spaces.