Menominee Language Teacher HonoredAug 15th, 1998 | By tcj | Category: 10-1: Teaching Math and Science, Tribal College News
College of Menominee Nation faculty member “Wausejeun” Lillian Nelson was honored at the 1998 Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA) Conference in Stevens Point, Wis. Nelson was presented with a plaque naming her as the “1998 Wisconsin Indian Educator of the Year” at the annual WIEA Awards Banquet on April 6, 1998. She teaches Menominee language classes at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wis., and is the Menominee language program resource person and instructor for the Menominee Indian School District.
Nelson was honored for her many years of service to the Menominee community in the promotion and preservation of the Menominee language. She was recognized for her teaching methods, her encouragement and support of her students, her dedication to promote and preserve the Menominee language, and her community service.
Nelson is the fourth Menominee educator to receive this prestigious award in the 12-year history of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. College of Menominee Nation President Dr. Verna Fowler was the 1993 recipient, and CMN Menominee Culture Institute Director Alan Caldwell received the award in 1998. Menominee Tribal School teacher Josephine Tourtillott received the award in 1996. Also in 1996, CMN Menominee language teacher Marvin “Steve” Askenette received the WIEA Elder of the Year Award.