Native People of Wisconsin

Our diverse list of Native titles, a cornerstone of our publishing program, includes stories from the twelve Indian nations of Wisconsin from their origins to the current day.

Many of our books support Act 31, an education initiative that requires Wisconsin teachers to be knowledgeable about native history and Wisconsin K-12 students to receive instruction on the history, culture, and sovereignty of the state's federally recognized Indian Nations. Books for the elementary classroom include "Native People of Wisconsin" by Patty Loew, "Mountain Wolf Woman" by Diane Young Holliday, and our textbook on Wisconsin history, "Our State, Our Story". Patty Loew's award-winning "Indian Nations of Wisconsin", now in a revised edition, and Nancy Oestrich Lurie's classic "Wisconsin Indians" are appropriate for high school classrooms and teacher training.

Our trade titles speak to the rich and evolving history of Wisconsin's Native people from the past to the present. Former state archaeologist Bob Birmingham unearths the mysteries of the early Indian mounds in Aztalan, and the little-known history of the Drum Dance ceremonials in Skunk Hill.

Ray Kaquatosh's memoir, "Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf", recalls a Menominee Indian's coming of age from a rare first-person perspective, and "People of the Big Voice" chronicles seventy years of Ho-Chunk studio photography in Black River Falls.

At the modern end of the spectrum, Patty Loew explores environmental activism in "Seventh Generation Earth Ethics", and the story of Oneida gaming is told through the eyes of two women who helped shape it in "The Bingo Queens of Oneida".

Books about Wisconsin Natives

Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Indian Town

by Robert Birmingham and Lynne G. Goldstein


Filled with maps, drawings, and photographs of artifacts, this volume examines a time before modern Native American people settled in this area.

The Bingo Queens of Oneida: How Two Moms Started Tribal Gaming in Wisconsin

by Mike Hoeft


Before Indian casinos, a few enterprising tribes got their start in gambling by opening bingo parlors. A group of women on the Oneida Indian Reservation just outside Green Bay, Wisconsin, introduced bingo in 1976 simply to pay a few bills. Bingo not only paid the light bill at the struggling civic center but was soon financing vital health and housing services for tribal elderly and poor.

Indian Nations of Wisconsin : Histories of Endurance and Renewal (Revised 2 Edition)

by Patty Loew


From origin stories to contemporary struggles over treaty rights and sovereignty issues, the best-selling "Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal" explores Wisconsin's rich Native tradition.

Native People of Wisconsin

by Patty Loew


Patty Loew has followed the same structure she used in "Indian Nations of Wisconsin", her book for general audience, in which she provided chapters on Early History and European Arrivals, and then devoted the remaining chapters to each of the Indian Nations in Wisconsin today.

Wisconsin Indians: Revised and Expanded Edition

by Nancy O. Lurie & Francis Paul Prucha


This is a thoroughly updated and expanded edition of Nancy Oestreich Lurie's seminal work on Native Americans living in the state. "Wisconsin Indians" introduces the history of Indian affairs from the founding of the United States to the beginning of the 21st century.

Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf: A Memoir

by Raymond C. Kaquatosh


Little Hawk was born Raymond Kaquatosh in 1924 on Wisconsinís Menominee Reservation. The son of a medicine woman, Ray spent his Depression-era boyhood immersed in the beauty of the natural world and the traditions of his tribe and his family.

Seventh Generation Earth Ethics

by Patty Loew


Wisconsin's rich tradition of sustainability rightfully includes its First Americans, who along with Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Gaylord Nelson shaped its landscape and informed its "earth ethics." This collection of Native biographies, one from each of the twelve Indian nations of Wisconsin, introduces the reader to some of the most important figures in Native sustainability.

Skunk Hill: A Native Ceremonial Community in Wisconsin

by Robert A. Birmingham


In "Skunk Hill", archeologist Robert A. Birmingham traces the largely unknown story of this community, detailing the role it played in preserving Native culture through a harsh period of US Indian policy from the 1880s to 1930s.

People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsinís Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

by Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Ron Bruch & Fred Binkowski Photographs by Bob Rashid


"People of the Sturgeon" is a history of the cultures surrounding lake sturgeon in Wisconsinís Lake Winnebago region, told by a fascinating collection of photos, artifacts, and a few good fish tales.

People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish - AUDIOBOOK

by Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Ronald M. Bruch, Frederick P. Binkowski; Audio Production by Chris Bocast, for the University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center


"People of the Sturgeon" is a history of the lake sturgeon in Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago region, told by a fascinating collection of stories on the culture, art, and science surrounding this mysterious fish. This audio book version includes updates on Menominee-DNR relations; new information on sturgeon aging; wonderful music by Graminy; and definitive recordings of the mysterious sounds of sturgeon thunder.

People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942

by Tom Jones, Michael Schmudlach, Matthew Daniel Mason, Amy Lonetree, and George A. Greendeer, Foreword by Truman Lowe


"People of the Big Voice" tells the visual history of Ho-Chunk families at the turn of the twentieth century and beyond as depicted through the lens of Black River Falls studio photographer Charles Van Schaick.

A Nation within a Nation: Voices of the Oneidas in Wisconsin

by L. Gordon McLester III and Laurence M. Hauptman (Editors)


In this just-released hardcover volume from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, the Oneidas of Wisconsin tell their own story in a richly diverse contemporary history. "A Nation within a Nation" gathers first-person accounts, biographical essays, and scholarsí investigations focusing on the period of 1900-1969.

Mountain Wolf Woman: A Ho-Chunk Girlhood

by Diane Holliday


With the seasons of the year as a backdrop, author Diane Holliday describes what life was like for a Ho-Chunk girl in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Electa Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher

by Karyn Saemann


Electa Quinney loved to learn. Growing up in the early 1800s in New York, she went to some of the best boarding schools. There she learned how to read, write, and solve tough math problemsóshe even learned how to do needlework. Electa decided early on that she wanted to become a teacher so she could pass her knowledge on to others.

Water Panthers, Bears, and Thunderbirds: Exploring Wisconsin's Effigy Mounds

by Amy Rosebrough and Bobbie Malone


Based on recent archaeological interpretation, this standards-based resource enriches material covered in Native People of Wisconsin.