Native Americans


Matthew Norman

Believed to be the most archaeologically rich campus in the nation, UW-Madison is built atop ancient Native American villages and burial sites that date back 12,000 years. A cultural landscape tour brings this history alive for new generations. more



Allison Geyer

The Native Americans lost the battle over Dakota Access Pipeline. But now they have a new mission: to protect the water and save us from ourselves. more

Democracy in Crisis

“How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century” is a bittersweet new poetry/memoir from Louis V. Clark III. He goes by the name “Two Shoes,” as in “goody.” more


Food Sovereignty Symposium and Festival to highlight native foods. Native chefs will be cooking at dinners around the campus and downtown. more



Allison Geyer

Activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline at Standing Rock seemingly won a major victory earlier this month when a federal agency denied a crucial permit to the pipeline developer. But the fight is far from won. more

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Allison Geyer

Thousands of "water protectors" opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline have vowed to stay camped near Standing Rock Indian Reservation despite orders from state and federal officials to disband. Many say the movement is stronger than ever. more

Isthmus Cover Stories


Linda Falkenstein

Crews from Melted, Slide and Leila’s Lunchbox are heading out to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp in North Dakota to feed 4,000 meals to activists. more


“Beading Culture,” an exhibit at the James Watrous Gallery, is a brilliant revival of an Iroquois tradition, updated by citizens of the Oneida Nation. It runs through Nov. 6. more

A & E


Patricia Hammel

Kemble, along with 27 others, is likely facing charges of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot. But Madison lawyer Patricia Hammel says the demonstration was a peaceful prayer ceremony. more



Alejandro A. Alonso Galva

Since April, thousands have been camped out at Standing Rock, North Dakota to protest a proposed oil pipeline. People from all over the world have come to support the effort, including a few from Madison. more


Members of Wisconsin’s Native American tribes come together to protest a bill that would ease protections on sacred burial sites. more

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“Skunk Hill: A Native Ceremonial Community in Wisconsin” tells the fascinating story of a band of Potawatomi people who established a settlement on a 300-foot bluff in central Wisconsin. more



Tim Mickleburgh

Ada Deer, the pioneering champion of human rights and Native Americans will celebrate her 80th birthday this weekend at the Goodman Center. more



Andy Kosseff

What if they were the Mukwonago Polacks? There was a time not so long ago when that derisive term for Poles was commonly used even in the Polish neighborhood I grew up in on the south side of Milwaukee. And, in truth, the term can still be used witho more