Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings

Instructor of Native American & Environmental Studies

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Telephone:715-348-6594

Biography

Earned and Honorary Degrees

BA University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Background

Aaniin gakina awiiya! My name is Bizhikiins and I’m a member of the Marten clan. I’m a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and a former elected council member for the tribe. I’m a University of Wisconsin-Madison alum and a present doctoral fellow completing my PhD in the Nelson Institute Environment and Resources program.

Why Northland?

Our tribal nations have called this place home for many generations. I have also appreciated the ability of Northland to create progressive experiences for its students and staff. Northland has been able to create unique cultural and environmental opportunities and I wanted to be a part of this great work.

Courses

I teach Introduction to Ojibwemowin. I really appreciate anyone that desires to learn an original language and it's fulfilling to see individuals strive to learn and revitalize Ojibwemowin.

Research

I’m a staunch advocate for education, language preservation, and environmental protection through reciprocity. I believe that language and culture can be maintained through a strong connection to and understanding of the environment.

I have spent my entire life as a student of our Ojibwe language and culture. My attempts to re-learn Ojibwe life-ways are directly tied to the desire to better our communities as we struggle to address historical trauma, grief, and various forms of disease.

Awards & Recognition

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development “40 under 40” Award
UW-Madison Nelson Institute Rising Star Alumni Award

Student Involvement

Many of my classes incorporate indigenous perspectives and dive into colonization and decolonization. Most of my courses also involve meaningful cultural experiences and environmental activities that connect to a stronger understanding of environment and place.

Interests

I have three beautiful children that I love spending time with. My little family enjoys traveling, cooking, hunting, fishing, and harvesting. I’m a life-long Ojibwe language/culture learner and practitioner. I also enjoy making music and creating short videography projects.