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Researcher Resources


Research Protection Act

This draft Research Protection Act template, developed by UW law professor Richard Monette, provides a model for native nation legislative bodies or other appropriate institutions to conform and adapt as needed. The document is a variation of others adopted by several native nations and by the Tribal Nations Research Group. The Great Lakes Indian Law Center in the UW Law School is willing to help develop specific research agreements between UW-Madison and native nations. (Please note the Research Protection Act is of no legal effect until officially adopted by a native nation.)

Tribal Nations Research Group

The Tribal Nations Research Group promotes high-quality research relevant to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota and may provide a model for research relationships in Wisconsin and elsewhere. It provides custom-fit data and data ownership and promotes public and private economic development and opportunity. The group also provides quality research education materials designed to educate the community about research and the research process, according to standards established by the TNRG.

NCAI Policy Research Center

The National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center is a national, non-profit think tank dedicated to generating research and policy analyses that advance tribal sovereignty and emphasize the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native cultures. It supports tribes and American Indian and Alaska Native communities working to develop research oversight processes and policies and has developed a curriculum, Research that Benefits Native People: A Guide for Tribal Leaders.


American Indian Studies Program

The American Indian Studies Program works to foster an environment in which the university community can discover, examine and appreciate the cultures, traditions and values that reflect the many contributions American Indians have made and continue to make to the quality of life in contemporary society. The program provides information, referral and consultation to students, faculty, staff and citizens throughout the state.

Great Lakes Indian Law Center

The Great Lakes Indian Law Center works to provide an academic and educational atmosphere and opportunity for law students to study federal, state and tribal laws affecting Indian tribes and their members. The center also provides legal assistance on uniquely tribal legal matters.

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

GLIFWC provides natural resource management expertise, conservation enforcement, legal and policy analysis, and public information services in support of the exercise of treaty rights during well-regulated, off-reservation seasons throughout the treaty-ceded territories.

School of Education: Act 31 Resource Center

The Act 31 Resource Center informs students about various diversity programs offered at UW-Madison.

Native American Center for Health Professionals

NACHP works with prospective students, current students and health professionals to serve as a central location within the UW School of Medicine and Public Health for opportunities of growth, professional development, mentorship, research and support. It offers innovative ways to continue to enhance our pipeline of Native health professional students, as well as keep students connected to Native health and wellness issues.

UW-Extension Native American Task Force

Native American Task Force (NATF): The role of the NATF is to build relationships and partnerships between UW-Extension, Native American communities and organizations. The work of the NATF is to help UW-Extension staff work more effectively with Native American communities, to build bridges between tribal and non-tribal communities, to facilitate communications related to working with Native American audiences, and to build working relationships between UW-Extension and the 1994 Land Grant Institutions.

Contact: Brian Gauthier


American Indian Science & Engineering Society

AISES is dedicated to removing barriers for the academic success of Native students, especially in fields of science.

Association of Native American Medical Students

The Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS) is a student organization representing Native American graduate health professions students throughout the US and Canada. The goals of ANAMS include providing support and a resource network for all Native Americans currently enrolled in various allied health professions schools. ANAMS strives to increase the number of Native American students in medicine and other health professions. The UW chapter is one of the most active.

Novel Ecosystems Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship

This Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) award trains the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists to design biodiversity conservation strategies in the face of novel environments, and develops an integrative program of experiential learning, engaged scholarship, and problem-focused research on biodiversity conservation.