2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
April 30, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Cowles, Carpenter, Olsen, Petrowski,
Ringhand and Wirch, cosponsored by Representatives Felzkowski,
Considine, Meyers, Milroy, Murphy, Mursau, Ohnstad, Rodriguez, Sinicki,
Spiros, Spreitzer, Stubbs, Subeck, Tauchen, C. Taylor, Tusler and Vruwink.
Referred to Committee on Senate Organization.
SJR27,1,1 1Relating to: proclaiming November 1 as Electa Quinney Day in Wisconsin.
SJR27,1,52 Whereas, Electa “Wuhwehweeheemeew" Quinney was born in 1802 in
3Stockbridge, Massachusetts to an influential family which included several Tribal
4Chiefs in the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans and was educated in some of
5the best boarding schools in New York and Connecticut; and
SJR27,1,96 Whereas, after Quinney had taught for six years in New York, the
7Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans were forcibly removed from New York, and
8after negotiating an agreement with the Menominee Indians, Electa Quinney moved
9with the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe to Wisconsin; and
SJR27,1,1310 Whereas, after arriving in Wisconsin on June 20, 1828, Electa Quinney quickly
11began teaching in a new one-room schoolhouse open to both Native American and
12white students in Statesburg, which is now Kaukauna, and frequently taught
13multiple subjects to class sizes as large as 50 students; and
1Whereas, this school was the first in Wisconsin that did not charge an
2enrollment fee and that allowed students of all backgrounds to receive an education,
3and at this school Electa Quinney also became Wisconsin's first female teacher; and
SJR27,2,74 Whereas, while Electa Quinney died in 1885 and was buried in Stockbridge,
5Wisconsin, her role in Native American history, the legacy of our public education
6system, and the advancement of women's rights have long outlasted her time on
7earth; now, therefore, be it
SJR27,2,13 8Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the Wisconsin
9Legislature proclaims November 1, the first day of National Native American
10Heritage Month, as Electa Quinney Day in Wisconsin and calls upon all citizens,
11educators, and students to take this opportunity to recognize the impact Electa
12Quinney had on Wisconsin's early history and how her legacy still shapes Wisconsin
SJR27,2,1414 (End)