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Indigenous Wisconsin

Celebrate BIG History Indigenous Wisconsin

Celebrate Indigenous History and the 12 First Nations of Wisconsin

In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, explore and learn about the history, culture, and contemporary status of the 12 First Nations and Indigenous people who call Wisconsin home.

Browse featured resources from the Wisconsin Historical Society and our partners, including high quality educational material for teachers, as well as books written by and about Native people from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Wisconsin Historical Society Resources

Rebel Poet

Book by

Louis V. Clark 'Two Shoes'


Teaching Materials

Rebel Poet

Book by

Louis V. Clark 'Two Shoes'


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

Book by

  • Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk)
  • Michael Schmudlach
  • Matthew Daniel Mason
  • Amy Lonetree (Ho-Chunk)
  • George A. Greendeer (Ho-Chunk)
Picture of all the coloring books by Cassie

Ojibwe Coloring Book Series by

Cassie Brown

(Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe)

Picture of Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf: A Memoir

Book by

Raymond Kaquatosh


Picture of Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir

Book by

Thomas Pecore Weso


Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin

Book by

Patty Loew

(Bad River Ojibwe)

Native People of Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded Edition

Book by

Patty Loew

(Bad River Ojibwe)

Teaching Materials

Book by

Patty Loew

(Bad River Ojibwe)

Teaching Materials

Picture of The Story of Act 31: How Native History Came to Wisconsin Classrooms

Book by

JP Leary

(Cherokee & Delaware)

Electa Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher

Book by

Karyn Saemann

Mountain Wolf Woman: A Ho-Chunk Girlhood

Book by

Diane Holliday

Wisconsin Indians (Revised and Expanded)

Book by

Nancy Oestreich Lurie

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

Book by

Mike Hoeft

Water Panthers, Bears, Thunderbirds: Exploring Wisconsin’s Effigy Mounds


Amy Rosebrough & Bobbie Malone

Skunk Hill: A Native Ceremonial Community in Wisconsin

Book by

Robert A. Birmingham

Hidden Thunder: Rock Art of the Upper Midwest

Book by

Geri Schrab & Robert Boszhardt

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Resources for Teachers & Administrators

Fact Sheet for American Indian Studies in Wisconsin (via WI DPI)

State Statutes for American Indian Studies in Wisconsin (via WI DPI)

Act 31 & Indigenous Education (via UW School of Education)

Markers, Monuments, and Meaning - Wisconsin's Built Environment

Learn about the role of monumental art in Wisconsin and investigate the current controversy over historical monuments and markers with panelists Aaron Bird Bear (Mandan, Hidatsa, Dine) and Kacie Lucchini Butcher.

Moderated by Christian Øverland, the Ruth and Hartley Barker Director and CEO of the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Dr. Robert Smith, professor of history and director of Marquette University’s Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach.

September 30, 2020

Assisting the Elderly Poster by Greg Biskakone Johnson, A poster reminiscent of WWII army styling it evokes a relateable feel revealing a can of food, that talks about taking care of our neighbors and our community in times of hardship.

Covid-19 Poster Project

Assisting the Elderly

By Greg 'Biskakone' Johnson (Lac du Flambeau)

"My father was a WWII veteran, so I grew up flipping through his WWII books. When I was approached to design this poster, I had tons of ideas thanks to my fathers collections! I really enjoyed creating this poster for the Covid-19 pandemic awareness movement. Like in the past we are once again reminded to stick together to defeat and overcome an enemy. We are all in this together! Take care of one another."

Greg 'Biskakone' Johnson

Belonging to the Lynx Clan, Greg is an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. His home on the Lac du Flambeau reservation established by the Treaty of 1854 is also known as Waaswaaganing, "the place of the torch."

Greg lives his life according to the four seasons, as did his ancestors. He harvests deer, fish, maple sugar, berries, wild rice, and wild plants. He enjoys trapping and snaring as well as hunting with a gun. Greg is passionate about keeping the traditional ways alive, and he takes every opportunity to teach these ways to others. Whether he is taking a group of students spearing for the first time or showing community members how to make buckskin moccasins, he shares his knowledge in the hope of keeping a vibrant traditional way of life relevant today. Greg’s favorite students are his children, Wasanodae, Koen, Blaise and newborn son, Asiginaak Imants. Greg taught his daughter how to skin a deer when she was four and his son to make moccasins at age five. Together, the kids tracked their first deer before they turned six.

Greg harvesting winter bark

Highlighted Resources from our Partners

Walter Bresette

Red Cliff Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe)

Walter led rallies in the 1980s and 1990s to educate others on how the rights the Ojibwe retained in 1800s treaties with the United States still hold true today.

From the Wisconsin Biographies series

Chief Oshkosh


Chief Oshkosh faced difficult choices as he led his people through trying times. He spoke out for the health of his people and the conservation of their forest.

From the Wisconsin Biographies series

Native Nations of Wisconsin

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Seal of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians




Newsletter Drum Beats

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Seal of the Lac Courte Orielles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa




News LCO News | WOJB 88.9 FM

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Seal of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa




News Inwewin Newspaper | Other News

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Seal of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa




Newsletter Miisaninawiind

Sokaogon Chippewa Community

Seal of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community




Newsletter Min-Wadjimowin

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Seal of the St. Croix Chippewa Community




News The Vision

Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians

Seal of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians




News Mohican News | Archives

Tribal Centers & Cultural Museums

Cultural Center, Library, & Museum

Forest County Potawatomi

Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center

Ho-Chunk Nation

George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwe Museum & Cultural Center

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Menominee Cultural Museum

Menominee Nation

Oneida Nation Museum

Oneida Nation

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