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Native American Tourism of Wisconsin

Native American Tourism of Wisconsin

Celebrating the Past and Future–Native American Culture

The eleven Native American tribes of Wisconsin all have their own way of welcoming you into their community, where you can learn about their history, culture, and their way of life. Visitors can explore the natural beauty of over a half million acres of land and feel the excitement each tribe has to offer.

In this special episode of Discover Wisconsin, Celebrating the Past and Future – Native American Culture, we join special guest host Secretary of Tourism, Stephanie Klett as we celebrate the past and future of Native American Culture.

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Native American Tourism of Wisconsin

In This Episode  


  • Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Learn

    A visit to the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians Reservation in Northwestern Wisconsin is an exciting and enlightening experience for young and old.

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  • Hayward Area Chamber Learn

    The Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to take a walk at a slower pace and enjoy our wonderful Hayward Lakes region of Northern Wisconsin. Come to the Hayward, Wisconsin Area where you’ll find a community rich in history, culture, recreation, and commerce. After all, thousands of vacationers and second-home owners return every year because they can’t get enough of the area’s Northwood charm.

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  • Indian Summer Festival Play

    Indian Summer Festival is the brainchild of Butch Roberts, a Milwaukee Police Officer. In 1985, his dream was to have an American Indian Festival to add to the other ethnic festivals that were being held on the Summerfest grounds, Henry Maier Festival Park. Roberts recruited the Warren and DeNomie families to organize the event. These three families were instrumental in getting Indian Summer off the ground.

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  • Frog Bay Tribal National Park Play

    Stretching over ¼ mile along Lake Superior’s shoreline on the Red Cliff Reservation, this incredible property includes pristine sandy beaches bordered by primordial boreal forest identified to be of Global Significance by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and provides views of the Apostle Islands Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Area including Oak, Basswood, Hermit, Raspberry and Stockton Islands. Adjacent to the Frog Bay estuary and wild rice beds, the land is vital to the drainage emptying into Lake Superior’s Frog Bay. Because this area has been historically important for the Red Cliff Tribe, but was inaccessible in recent history due to its private ownership, the Bayfield Regional Conservancy and the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa joined forces to acquire and permanently protect the property for nature based recreation, for traditional/spiritual ceremony and to further the understanding that all land is sacred.

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  • Woodland Indian Art Center See

    The Woodland Indian Art Center is home to a Native art gallery featuring the artwork of Native American artists from across Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Canada and other Woodland areas. Traditional and contemporary artwork including beaded moccasins, fish decoy carvings, birch bark baskets, jewelry, paintings, prints, photography, Native music, and more are for sale. We invite everyone to visit the gallery and discover a unique work of art to purchase as a gift or for yourself!

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  • Oneida Nation Learn

    Come and enjoy a tour of the Oneida Nation Reservation and all it has to offer!

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  • The Sokaogon Chippewa Community Learn

    Sokaogon means the “Post in the Lake people” because of a spiritual significance to a post – possibly the remains of a petrified tree – that stood in Post Lake near here.

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  • The Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians Learn

    Reaching the eastern edge of the country the Lenni Lenape chose to settle on the river later renamed the Delaware. They named this river the Mahicannituck and called themselves the Muh-he-con-neok, the People of the Waters That are Never Still. Today, how

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  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Learn

    The Red Cliff Reservation is nestled along the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Northwest Wisconsin. Red Cliff offers visitors a variety of unique sites and experiences, including the Legendary Waters Resort & Casino, a Campground and Marina, miles of hiking trails, and fishing. Experience the traditional Chippewa culture during Red Cliff’s annual Pow-wow or during cultural days. A number of murals located in buildings throughout the reservation also highlight the traditional Chippewa way of life. Red Cliff also manages a fish hatchery, which is open for public tours. Explore the links on the left for more information on what Red Cliff has to offer!

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  • The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Learn

    The Menominee Tribe’s history is unique because their origin or creation begins at the mouth of the Menominee River, a mere 60 miles east of our present Menominee Indian Reservation.

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  • Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Learn

    The Band has inhabited the Lac du Flambeau area since 1745 when Chief Keeshkemun led the Band to the area. The Band acquired the name Lac du Flambeau from its gathering practice of harvesting fish at night by torchlight. The name Lac du Flambeau, or Lake of the Torches, refers to this practice and was given to the Band by the French traders and trappers who visited the area.

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  • Lac Courte Oreilles See

    The Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe is one of six bands of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians who entered into treaties with the United States in 1837, 1842, and 1854. The Chippewa of this area have a long and rich heritage. It is thought that they migrated to the Lake Superior region from Canada along the St. Lawrence waterway.

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  • Ho-Chunk Nation Learn

    The Ho -Chunk People, or “People of the Big Voice,” have remained and continue to remain one of the strongest indigenous Nations in the United States.

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  • Forest County Potawatomi See

    The Forest County Potawatomi (FCP) have lived in Forest County, Wisconsin, since the late 1800s. Around 1880, groups settled in areas near Blackwell and Wabeno and have lived in that area since, as well as in the Carter and Crandon (or Stone Lake) areas.

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  • Indian Summer Festival Learn

    Every September on Milwaukee’s beautiful Lake Michigan lakefront!

    Indian Summer Festival kicks off its 28th year on Milwaukee’s beautiful Lake Michigan lakefront with a special tribute to horses! Come learn about horses as part of Native American culture, song and dance. See live horses and enjoy four stages of entertainment, Olympic boxing, lacrosse, over 100 tribal vendors, authentic foods and festival food, a contest pow wow, three tribal villages and so much more!

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