First Nations Stories
The map above shows American Indian treaty lands in 1825. It was created for “The Ways,” a series of stories on culture and language from Native communities around the central Great Lakes. Learn more here.
Land Acknowledgment Statement
PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio acknowledge that we occupy or broadcast to the lands of 12 Native Nations. We acknowledge the resilience, ingenuity, and contributions of these nations and their people:
- Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
- Brothertown Indian Nation
- Forest County Potawatomi
- Ho-Chunk Nation
- Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
- Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
- Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
- Oneida Nation
- Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
- Sokaogon Chippewa Community
- St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
- Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians
They are sovereign nations who have helped build Wisconsin and helped defend the United States. We acknowledge the history of genocide and the forced cessation of their lands throughout Wisconsin and the active effort to exterminate the people and erase their culture. For generations, Native Americans have been — and continue to be — omitted, marginalized and stereotyped in education and media.
We are committed to reflecting diverse perspectives, experiences and identities in all that we do. On air, online and in schools and communities across the state, our education service strives to overcome ignorance with accurate, authentic and inclusive content.
We remain committed to collaborating with First Nations to ensure that their stories and perspectives are authentically included and reflected in Wisconsin’s public media landscape – now and in the future.
PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio are services of the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and Wisconsin Public Media, a division of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Please let us know your thoughts, suggestions and ideas for this evolving statement and the continuation of our work with the tribal communities at [email protected].
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More Indigenous Voices From PBS
Wisconsin First Nations communities have shared struggle with Indigenous cultures across the world. The term Indigenous generally refers to those peoples with pre-existing sovereignty who lived as communities prior to contact with settler populations. Indigenous is a broadly inclusive term owing to Indigenous peoples’ presence on every continent in the world, fighting to remain culturally, economically, and politically intact amid ongoing dispossession and erasure. What follows is a selection of PBS National content that represents the diverse voices of Indigenous communities across North America and worldwide.