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Meet the 11 federally recognized tribes of Wisconsin

Each tribe is distinct in its own way

The state’s 11 federally recognized tribes are distinct in a variety of ways.

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Pop: 6,945
Reservation: 124,655 acres
Location: Ashland County
Quick Fact: Kakagon Sloughs on tribal lands contains the largest naturally grown wild rice bed in the world and is a registered National Natural Landmark.

Forest County Potawatomi
Pop: About 1,400
Reservation: 12,000 acres
Location: Primarily in Forest County
Quick Fact: A cultural center, library and museum contains a collection of photos, books, treaties and other materials on the tribe’s culture and traditions.

Ho-Chunk Nation
Pop: 7,686 (5,426 residing in Wisconsin)
Tribal lands (no reservation): 8,863 acres in trust and fee lands.
Location: No continuous land base, but has acreage and communities in the counties of Adams, Clark, Crawford, Dane, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Marathon, Monroe, Sauk, Shawano, Vernon and Wood.
Quick Fact: Ho-Chunk recently opened new community buildings for tribal members in Black River Falls, Green Bay, Madison and the Mauston area.

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Pop: 7,275
Reservation: 76,465
Location: Primarily in Sawyer County
Quick Fact: This tribe hosts Honor the Earth Powwow every July and celebrates Ojibwe traditions with music, dancing, crafts and food.

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Pop: 3,415
Reservation: 86,600 acres
Location: Primarily in Vilas County
Quick Fact: The historic Indian Bowl, the site of cultural events, was rebuilt on the same site and reopened last year. Phase 2 will include a museum and arts center.

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
Pop: 8,720
Reservation: 235,524 acres
Location: Almost identical to boundaries of Menominee County
Quick Fact: The Menominee Indian reservation contains about 223,500 acres of forested land, representing the largest single tract of virgin timberland in Wisconsin.

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
Pop: 16,567
Reservation: 65,400 acres
Location: Brown and Outagamie counties
Quick Fact: Among its businesses is Thornberry Creek at Oneida, a 27-hole premier golf facility that is the “official golf course of the Green Bay Packers.”

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Pop: 5,312
Reservation: 14,541 acres
Location: Bayfield County
Quick Fact: Frog Bay Tribal National Park, along the Lake Superior shoreline, is the first tribal national park in the U.S.

St. Croix Band of Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
Pop: 2,909
Reservation: 4,689 acres
Location: Mostly in Burnett County, with trust land in Barron, Burnett, Polk and Douglas counties
Quick Fact: Since 1987, the tribe has stocked more than 9.8 million walleye fingerlings and fry into 37 northern Wisconsin lakes for tribal members and the general public.

Sokaogon Chippewa Community
Pop: 1,377
Reservation: 4,904 acres
Location: Forest County
Quick Fact: The tribe’s housing authority turned an abandoned motel into needed affordable apartments near Crandon, Wisconsin, in 2016.

Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians
Pop: 1,565
Reservation: 22,139 acres
Location: Shawano County
Quick Fact: The Mohican Historical Library and Museum includes a research library on the tribe’s culture and history and the museum contains artifacts from before European contact.


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