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Wisconsin’s 39 Most Influential Native American Leaders, Part 4


This is the fourth of a five-part series. Part one is here, part two is here and part three is here

Jo Deen B. Lowe is Chief Judge of the Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court. A 1985 graduate of the UW-Madison Law School, she has served as in-house counsel for a number of Wisconisn’s tribes and worked at the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She served as the district attorney for Jackson County, Wisconsin, and was the first attorney general for the Ho-Chunk Nation.


Eleanore Falck is a senior at UW-Stout where she is studying 3D environment art for games. During an internship with the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, she developed Growing Up Ojibwe: The Game, an educational game designed to introduce Ojibwe history and culture to youth. Through her art, Eleanore aspires to bring magic, adventure, and happiness into people’s lives while also provoking conversation about deeper issues.


Carl Artman is an attorney in Milwaukee representing tribal clients on various issues including gaming, natural resources and energy development, financing, industry regulatory and compliance, corporate structure, and governmental affairs/federal relations. He is also on the board of advisors of Earth & Water Law and the board of directors of JackRabbit Homes. He served as the tenth Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. He also served as the Department’s Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs and chief counsel for his tribe, the Oneida Nation. Carl also serves as a faculty associate at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.Carl received a B.A. from Columbia College, an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a J.D. from the Washington University – St. Louis, MO, and an LLM in Natural Resources and Environmental Law from the University of Denver.


Crystal Lepscier is First Nations Student Success Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a role she’s held for nearly four years. She also teaches courses in First Nation Studies. She holds a BFA in art and master’s degree in educational leadership from UW-Madison, and is a student in the first cohort of the UW-GB Doctoral program in First Nations Studies.


Runninghorse Livingston is founder and CEO of Mathematize, Inc, an education consulting business. focused on teacher professional development, curriculum design and responsive pedagogy, with an emphasis on Common Core State Standards. The company’s goal is to provide classroom teachers with the tools and knowledge to challenge all children regardless of ability and/or background in math and science. RunningHorse Livingston is the founder and CEO of Mathematize Inc., whose mission is to promote education and educationally related opportunities for Native people. RunningHorse, a nationally recognized educator and consultant, has spent 13 years helping teachers across the country make sense of their roles in the age of Common Core standards and making schools more constructive places for Native children. He is an expert in mathematics instruction and school reform. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, he has for the past 10 years, provided professional development to teachers, school administration, school boards, and tribes around the nation in the areas of mathematics, and school and tribal professional relations. 

Karenann Hoffman is a raised beadwork artist of the Oneida Nation, working in the traditional Haudenosaunee forms. Now retired from a career in sales, she was a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow and is a 2022 US Arts Grant recipient. She is involved in the design of the new Native Hall at the Field Museum in Chicago. Both the Smithsonian Institution and The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis have pieces of hers in their collections.

Sasānēhsaeh Pyawasay is the University of Wisconsin’s first Native American student success coordinator, where she advocates on behalf of Native students at all of the UW System colleges and universities. Born within the Menominee Nation in northeastern Wisconsin, she came to UW–Madison as a Powers-Knapp Scholar and studied sociology and education. She went on to earn a doctoral degree in organizational leadership policy and development at the University of Minnesota.

Ron Corn Jr. is one of fewer than 20 fluent speakers of the Menominee language, and has taught the language for many years, beginning as a tutor assisting a language instructor when he was younger than 12. During the pandemic, he and a childhood friend launched an online language learning platform for those who could no longer attend the classes offered by the Menominee Nation. More than 200 people signed up for the 16-week course that launched last fall.

Part Five coming tomorrow!