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Native American Tribes of Wisconsin

Welcome to Native Languages of the Americas! You have reached the Native American Indians by State section of our website, a new educational project designed to provide information about indigenous people in different U.S. states. Follow the links to the right of our tribal map for more information about the language, culture and history of each Wisconsin tribe, or scroll below the map for Wisconsin Indian activities including a wordsearch, fact sheets for kids about each tribe, and worksheets teaching words from the different Native American languages of Wisconsin. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!

American Indians in Wisconsin

Did you know the name "Wisconsin" is an Algonquian Indian word? It comes from the Ojibwe name for the Wisconsin River, Wishkonsing. The Ojibwe are not the only native people of this region, however.

The original inhabitants of the area that is now Wisconsin included:


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*The Dakota Sioux tribe
*The Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) tribe
*The Menominee tribe
*The Ojibwe tribe (also known as Chippewa, Ojibway, or Ojibwa)
*The Potawatomi tribe
*The Fox and Sauk tribes

Other Indian tribes driven into Wisconsin after Europeans arrived included:

*The Cheyenne tribe
*The Huron tribe
*The Illini tribe
*The Munsee tribe
*The Stockbridge tribe
*The Oneida tribe

There are eleven federally recognized Indian tribes in Wisconsin today.

Here are the addresses of Wisconsin's Indian reservations:



1 Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa:
PO Box 39
Odanah, WI 54861

2 Forest County Potawatomi:
PO Box 340
Crandon, WI 54520
http://www.fcpotawatomi.com/

3 Ho-Chunk Nation:
PO Box 667
Black River Falls, WI 54615

4 Lac Court Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa:
Rt 2 Box 2700
Hayward, WI 54843

5 Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa:
PO Box 67
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538

6 Menominee Indian Tribe:
PO Box 910
Keshena, WI 54135
http://www.menominee.nsn.us/

7 Oneida Tribe of Indians:
PO Box 365
Oneida, WI 54155

8 Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa:
PO Box 529
Bayfield, WI 54814

9 St. Croix Chippewa Indians:
PO Box 287
Hertel, WI 54845

10 Sokaogan Mole Lake Community:
Rt 1 Box 625
Crandon, WI 54520

11 Stockbridge Munsee Community:
N8476 Moh He Con Nuck Road
Bowler, WI 54416
http://www.mohican-nsn.gov/

Teaching and learning activities about Wisconsin Native Americans:

Feel free to print these out for classroom use!

*Wisconsin Tribes Word Search: Printable puzzle hiding the names of Wisconsin's Indian tribes.
*Wisconsin Language Greetings: Learn to say "hello" in several Native Wisconsin languages.
*Wisconsin Native Animals: Learn the Native American names of Wisconsin animals.
*Wisconsin Indian Facts for Kids: Answers to frequently asked questions about the tribes of Wisconsin.
    We currently have pages for the Hochunk, Menominee, Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Sac-Fox, Dakota, Huron, Illini,
    Stockbridge-Munsee, Oneida, and Cheyenne tribes.

Recommended books about Wisconsin Native Americans:

*Wisconsin Indians: Introducing Wisconsin's Native American history and culture to kids.
*Native People of Wisconsin: Another good overview of Wisconsin Native Americans for kids.
*Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Outstanding collection of legends, interviews, oral history and other Native Wisconsin materials.
*Wisconsin Indians: History of Wisconsin's native people from prehistoric times through the present day.
*The Walleye War: An interesting book on the conflict between the Lac de Flambeau Ojibwe and the state of Wisconsin.
*Indian Names on Wisconsin's Map: The native etymology of present-day place-names in Wisconsin.

Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in Wisconsin state:

*Wisconsin Reservations:
     Extensive profiles of the Wisconsin Indian tribes including culture, history, and contacts.



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