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Native American Tribes of Wisconsin

Welcome to our Wisconsin State Facts section, part of an 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, and words from the Native American languages of Wisconsin. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!

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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 tribe
*The Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) tribe
*The Menominee tribe
*The Chippewa 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

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

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

Teaching and learning activities about Wisconsin Native Americans:

Feel free to print these out to use at school!

*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, Ojibwa, Potawatomi, Sauk and Fox, Dakota, Huron, Illiniwek,
    Stockbridge-Munsee, Mohicans, Oneida, and Cheyenne tribes.

Recommended books about Wisconsin Native Americans
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*Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Outstanding collection of legends, interviews, oral history and other Native Wisconsin materials.
*Native People of Wisconsin: Introducing Wisconsin's Native American history and culture to kids.
*Wisconsin Native Americans: Another book about Wisconsin Indians for kids.
*Wisconsin Indian Literature: Anthology of writing from Wisconsin Native American authors.
*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.
*Indian Mounds of Wisconsin: Book of Wisconsin Indian archaeology.

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.
*American Indian Languages in Wisconsin:
     Article on American Indian language usage in Wisconsin today.
*Languages of Native Americans in Wisconsin:
     Blog post about Native American language revival in Wisconsin.

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