Our Mission Statement

The Indian Community School cultivates an enduring cultural identity and critical thinking by weaving indigenous teachings with a distinguished learning environment.


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our ways teaching and learning framework™

Native Language

Since language carries the culture, we have built strong language programs for Menominee, Ojibwe and Oneida and have begun a new program to introduce our students to the Ho-Chunk language and culture. Students attend regular classes and are encouraged to use Native language everywhere throughout the School.  Our Native Language Program combined with Our Ways Teaching and Learning Framework™ blends the best of both worlds in academic excellence.

Listening to Tribal Voices

Beginning in the Fall of 2015 and throughout the Spring of 2016, we set out to build a culturally responsive approach to education by seeking knowledge from more than 800 Native people in the state of Wisconsin. In our travels, we listened to students, elders, tribal leaders and parents. We visited every tribal nation of Wisconsin and what we learned from “listening to these tribal voices,” formed the basis for the Our Ways Teaching and Learning Framework™.

Our Ways Support

Our Ways Teaching and Learning Framework™ is supported by a very special area of our School known as “the Our Ways Room.” Our Ways is led by Dr. Mark Powless, Our Ways Director and Mrs. Audra Williams, Our Ways Coordinator.  Together, they provide ongoing support to help build cultural competency. Parents, students and teachers are encouraged to ask questions and share ideas in this family-friendly setting. For more information, please contact: mpowless@ics-edu.org or auwilliams@ics-edu.org or, you can call the Our Ways Room at 414-525-6144.