Release Date: Fri, Dec 2, 2016

Three New Tribal Histories Programs Explore the Stories of the Sovereign Nations in Wisconsin

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Jonna Mayberry, publicist, [email protected]
Mik Derks, producer, [email protected]
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Red Cliff Ojibwe History
Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe History
Brothertown History
Three New Tribal Histories Programs Explore the Stories of the Sovereign Nations in Wisconsin The new programs premiere Dec. 15, 22 and 29 on WPT and are streaming online now at
Storytellers from each of 11 sovereign nations located in Wisconsin — and one nation whose sovereign status is no longer recognized by the federal government — share the unique histories of their people and communities in the Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) series of Tribal Histories documentaries. Each nation's history is explored in individual 30-minute programs. The three newest programs from the series — featuring the Red Cliff Ojibwe, Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe and Brothertown tribes — air on WPT 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 22 and 29, and are streaming online now at
Recorded 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.
·       7:30 p.m. Dec. 15: Red Cliff Ojibwe History. On the shore of Lake Superior, Marvin DeFoe and Andrew Gokee share the oral tradition of the Red Cliff Ojibwe.
·       7:30 p.m. Dec. 22: Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe History. On the bank of Crawling Stone Lake, Ernie St. Germaine shares the oral tradition of the Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe.
·       7:30 p.m. Dec. 29: Brothertown History. On the shore of Lake Winnebago, Joan Schadewald shares the oral tradition of the Brothertown Indian Nation.
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. Educational resources are available online at
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, Timothy William Trout Education Fund, 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.

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