Release Date: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

New Tribal Histories Project Shares the Stories of the Sovereign Nations in Wisconsin

For More Information:Erik Ernst, publicist, [email protected] Derks, producer, [email protected] Video:Ho-Chunk History Mohican History River Ojibwe History New Tribal Histories Project Shares the Stories of the Sovereign Nations in WisconsinThree new programs premiere Aug. 28 on WPT and are streaming online now at More programs in production now.Storytellers from each of 11 sovereign nations located in Wisconsin share the unique histories of their people and communities in a new Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) series of Tribal Histories documentaries. The three newest programs, featuring the Ho-Chunk, Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican and Bad River Band of Ojibwe tribes premiere on WPT 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 and are streaming online now at in the beautiful natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, the programs feature rich retellings of the challenges, triumphs and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities across generations.In the three latest programs, tribal members share their nation's oral traditions. Hear from Andy Thundercloud of the Ho-Chunk Nation at 9 p.m., Kimberly Vele from the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation at 9:30 and Mary Bigboy, Thomas O'Connor Sr. and Robert Poweless Sr. from the Bad River Band of Ojibwe at 10. The programs will have an encore broadcast Sunday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m.Last year, WPT premiered the first three programs in the series, highlighting the history of the Menominee, Oneida and Potawatomi people in Wisconsin. (Watch them online now: Programs featuring the five other sovereign nations located within Wisconsin's modern boundaries and the Brothertown Indian Nation, whose sovereign status is no longer recognized by the federal government, will air on WPT in coming years.WPT's Tribal Histories project is part of Wisconsin's Act 31 Initiative to provide educational material about American Indians in Wisconsin to the state's schools of education and K-12 teachers.Support for Tribal Histories is provided by Irene Daniell Kress, the Francis A. and Georgia F. Ariens Fund of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Evjue Foundation, Ron and Patty Anderson, the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, the Wisconsin History Fund supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities; and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.Wisconsin's Act 31 Initiative partners include: Wisconsin Indian Education Association; Wisconsin Media Lab; Wisconsin Historical Society; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education; University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension's Community Development Educators; UW-Green Bay, First Nation Studies Program; UW-Eau Claire, American Indian Studies Program; UW-Madison Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) Project; and Wisconsin Public Television.WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA- TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.-END-

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