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The Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Ojibwe School, located on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in northwestern Wisconsin, has been part of the School Violence Prevention Demonstration Program since September 2000. In the summer of 2009, five teachers—Pam Houdek, Jessica Hutchinson, Maxine Mashek, Benita Rudi and Brenda Wisner—all from the LCO School, met to formalize the connections made between the SVPDP curriculum and Native American culture. Their goal was to create teacher-friendly materials that would be made available online.

These adaptations are most specific to the Woodland Tribes located in the Great Lakes Region. Cultural connections were made to each lesson wherever possible to include Native American cultural perspectives through the use of legends. Legends originated as an oral tradition that attempted to explain human existence and teach lessons for living. There are also shorter legends that address why certain natural events took place. In their original forms, legends were considered sacred and educational, not as entertainment.

An extensive selection of resources is included with these lessons, as well as a list of elders and scholars whom teachers and institutions may contact for further information.