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Death of the Chief

Discover the history of Ho-Chunk chief Red Bird from 1788-1828.

How the Natives Lost Their Land

Learn about the many treaties between the United States government and native tribes.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Last Known Female Ho-Chunk Chief

Read an account of the success and legacy of the last known Ho-Chunk female chief and her children.

Historical Essay

Ho-Chunk Hide Scraper

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Wooden handled hide scraper with steel blade made and used by Ho-Chunk Indians in Wisconsin in the early 20th century. (Museum object #1951.949)

Brief history of the various reformed churches brought to Wisconsin by German and Dutch immigrants.

Historical Essay

The Trial of Chief Oshkosh

The Clash of U.S Law and Indian Legal Tradition

Learn how the trial of Menominee Chief Oshkosh, one of the most famous in Wisconsin history, pitted Indian traditional justice against white man's law.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Neenah, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Winnebago War (1827)

Brief description of the Winnebago War.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to La Crosse, Wisconsin.

A brief description of the history of mining operations in Southwestern Wisconsin.

Indian Agent

Biography of Indian agent Joseph Montfort Street.

Historical Essay

Dodge, Henry (1782-1867)

U.S. Senator, Frontiersman, Soldier

Brief biography of Henry Dodge (1782 - 1867).

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

The Black Hawk War

A Misunderstanding Leads to Massacre

Discover how a Treaty Misunderstanding led to the Massacre of Thousands of Sauk Indians

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Cherokee twilled basket, probably traded to Wisconsin, mid 19th century. (Museum object #1955.1021)

Brief biography of the Ho-Chunk Indian Family, Glory of the Morning Decorah and her children and grandchildren Spoon, Old, One-Eyed, and Waukon.

Some Interesting Stories of the Winnebago Chief

Read about Ho-Chunk Chief Dandy's interesting and friendly interactions with white settlers in Wisconsin, even while he was a fugitive.
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