We acknowledge in Milwaukee that we are on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland along the southwest shores of Michigami, North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida and Mohican nations remain present.
At present, there are 573 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages with government-to-government relationships with the United States. The citizens of these nations are also citizens of the United States and their languages, cultures and histories are a part of our shared story. Land acknowledgements help us remember these nations and the ancestors who were stewards of the places where we live.
For more information about treaties and tribal nations visit one of these websites:
For the history of the name Milwaukee and some of our surrounding cities check out this TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddyFh1Rdho4