After completing a unit on Native Americans, Sheboygan South High
School 6th hour ELL Center Social Studies students will get a unique
opportunity to learn directly from Native American speaker Richie
Visiting the students on December 3, Plass will give a formal presentation followed by a question and answer period.
Since there are only eight students in the class, the teacher has
opened the opportunity for an additional 30 students at South.
Plass, of Menominee/Stockbridge Munsee, started his career in education
in the fall of 1968, when he was asked to be his high school's Indian
mascot. The trauma of that experience began a lifetime of educating
people on the harms of stereotyping Native peoples. Since then, his
work has expanded to teaching and activism in the fields of Native
American culture, history and heritage.
Plass lectures on education, culture, traditions, professional
environment and social impact. His sessions deal with issues such as
Menominee and general Native American history, past and present Native
American issues such as logos and mascots, Native American lore and
performing arts, as well as dealing with and living in a world of
also is a published poet, and a drummer with the renowned country group
Wolf River Band for 30 years who was nominated two years ago for a
NAMMY (Native American Music Awards). He is also a traditional
Menominee dancer, and actor.