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2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
March 22, 2019 - Introduced by Joint Legislative Council. Referred to Committee
on Education.
AB109,1,3 1An Act to amend 121.02 (1) (L) 4.; and to create 121.02 (1) (L) 4m. of the
2statutes; relating to: required instruction in American Indian studies in the
3elementary and high school grades.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill is explained in the Notes provided by the Joint Legislative Council in
the bill.
For further information see the local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
Joint Legislative Council prefatory note: This bill was prepared for the Joint
Legislative Council's Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations.
Current law provides a list of standards by which school boards must abide,
including standards relating to curriculum and instruction. The list of standards includes
a requirement that each school board provide, as part of its social studies curriculum,
instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized
American Indian tribes and bands located in Wisconsin at least twice in the elementary
grades and at least once in the high school grades.
Under the bill, beginning on September 1, 2020, each school board must, as part
of its social studies curriculum, provide instruction in the culture, tribal sovereignty, and
contemporary and historical significant events of the federally recognized American

Indian tribes and bands located in Wisconsin at least four times in the elementary grades.
The bill specifically requires that the instruction be provided at least once in grades
kindergarten to 2, at least once in grades 3 to 5, and at least twice in grades 6 to 8. The
bill also requires that such instruction be provided as part of the high school curriculum
at least once in each of the high school grades, including at least once as part of the high
school social studies curriculum.
AB109,1 1Section 1. 121.02 (1) (L) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB109,2,72 121.02 (1) (L) 4. Beginning September 1, 1991 2020, as part of the social studies
3curriculum, include instruction in the history, culture and, tribal sovereignty , and
4contemporary and historical significant events
of the federally recognized American
5Indian tribes and bands located in this state at least twice once in the elementary
6grades kindergarten to 2, once in grades 3 to 5, and at least once twice in the high
7school
grades 6 to 8.
AB109,2 8Section 2. 121.02 (1) (L) 4m. of the statutes is created to read:
AB109,2,149 121.02 (1) (L) 4m. Beginning September 1, 2020, as part of the high school
10curriculum, include instruction in the culture, tribal sovereignty, and contemporary
11and historical significant events of the federally recognized American Indian tribes
12and bands located in this state at least once in each of the high school grades. In at
13least one high school grade, the school board shall include the instruction required
14under this subdivision in the social studies curriculum.
AB109,3 15Section 3. Effective date.
AB109,2,1616 (1) This act takes effect on July 1, 2020.
AB109,2,1717 (End)
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