Position title: American Indian Curriculum Consultant
Phone: (608) 263-4174
Omar Poler, an enrolled member of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community, serves as the American Indian Curriculum Services Coordinator at the Teacher Education Center. Omar supports the integration of American Indian topics into PK-16 education, including the instruction of the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the 12 First Nations of Wisconsin required by Wisconsin Act 31. He also provides place-based teaching and learning through UW–Madison First Nations Cultural Landscape Tours offered to pre-service teachers, PK-12 classes, UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students, and non-profit groups. Previously, Omar co-created the Tribal Libraries Archives and Museums (TLAM) project and served as an Outreach Specialist at the UW–Madison Information School, where he worked closely with tribal librarians, archivists, and museum curators in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota for nearly 10 years on grant-funded continuing education projects. He has a 2 1/2-year-old son, Ro-Ro, and his interests include Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) American Indian language revitalization, tribal histories, and the music of the Great Lakes region.