University of Wisconsin–Madison

Convening Culture Keepers

Convening Culture Keepers is a series of six professional development and networking mini-conferences for tribal librarians, archivists, and museum curators serving American Indian communities in Wisconsin. Sponsored by Continuing Education Services at the UW-Madison iSchool and endorsed by Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc., the day-long biannual gatherings seek to provide culturally-relevant trainings and create enduring professional networks between tribal and non-tribal cultural institutions. To date, iSchool Continuing Education Services and its tribal partners have hosted gatherings at several locations, including Oneida Nation, Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Ojibwe Community College, College of Menominee Nation, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways. The mini-conferences are funded by grants from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment and Morgridge Center for Public Service.

For more information, contact Omar Poler at or (608) 890-3817, and please pay a visit to the Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) Project website.