Posts Tagged ‘Cultural identity’

Mille Lacs v. Minnesota

Please close this window to return to previous page. Nick Vander Puy: Mark Slonim, we’re on the Bad River Reserve in northwestern Wisconsin. We’re celebrating 25 years of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. Some of the fruits of the treaty movement are a feast we’re having tonight. We still have treaty rights, [...]

Treaty Rights Movement

Please close this window to return to previous page. Nick Vander Puy: Patty Loew. Patty Loew: Boozhoo. Vander Puy: Good to see you up north again. Loew: Mii-gwitch. Vander Puy: Your home territory. Loew: Yep. Vander Puy: It’s good being here.  It’s kind of a celebration, 25 years of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and [...]

Menominee Forestry

Please close this window to return to previous page. Marshall Pecore, Menominee Forest Manager: Menominee history of forest management is a unique blend of people’s conviction and legislation. This long term forest management [on] Menominee seems to demonstrate well here that you can have spiritual rejuvenation, you can have economic base, you can have recreation. [...]

Lac Courte Oreilles Resort

Please close this window to return to previous page. Paul Demain, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe: We’re talking with Gaiashkabos, the former tribal chairman from the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe, he still sits on the council now, and we’re up at The Landing, formerly known as Herman Landing. And Gaiash had quite a bit [...]

Dakota Artisans

Please close this window to return to previous page. Robbie Robertson: Trickling back from South Dakota and Nebraska, a handful of families formed the nucleus of the Birch-Cooley settlement at a place they called Cansayapi—“They paint the trees red.” By 1886 there were sixteen teepees and a few small farms near the banks of the [...]

Tribal Businesses

Tribally-owned businesses became fairly common after the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. The federal government encouraged, funded, and supervised cooperatives that sold wild rice or beadwork, for example, but these businesses were short-lived. During the War on Poverty in the 1960s and early 1970s, tribes could receive federal funds to establish “industrial parks” with water, [...]


Native peoples grew domesticated plants long before the arrival of Europeans. Corn was introduced as a field crop into the Midwest about 1,200 years ago. Farming also was part of the seasonal round of subsistence activity in the 18th and early 19th centuries. This was largely the work of women, who farmed together as family [...]

Wild Rice

Wild rice is a cereal native to North America. It has a greater nutritional value than wheat or oats and was harvested extensively in Wisconsin, Minnesota, parts of Michigan and northern Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. Today, the range is more restricted. The plant is a grass that grows in fresh or brachial water from [...]


Native people used their extensive knowledge of the forest to obtain food, such as berries, roots, nuts, and leaves for tea. And the sap they obtained from maple trees was made into granulated sugar, syrup, and gum sugar. It was used as a condiment on fish and other foods. How did they obtain maple sugar? [...]

How We Know

Scholars who have addressed the history of the repatriation movement focus on why Americans treated Native remains and objects the way they did. American collecting of these objects, they argue, should be understood as a form of “nation building,” in which Americans came to view the dead bodies of Indians as trophies. In Europe, displaying [...]