Native Americans

Ada Deer’s new autobiography, “Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice,” documents the remarkable life of the Menominee leader. Read more


A new exhibit at Overture Center features art from members of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk tribe. Read more

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“Ojibwe, Activist, Priest: The Life of Philip Bergin Gordon, Tibishkogijik” is a scholarly book that presents a dry account of a remarkable life. Read more


The Wisconsin Historical Society Press releases “Rebel Poet: More Stories from a 21st Century Indian,” a second volume from the brilliant Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes), a poet from the Oneida Nation. Read more


“Intersections: Indigenous Textiles of the Americas” showcases intricate and culturally significant art. It’s at the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery in the School of Human Ecology, which houses a magnificent collection. Read more

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UW-Madison was built on land where the Ho-Chunk people lived for at least 12,000 years before white settlers forced them out. The university is trying to acknowledge this painful history with the Our Shared Future endeavor. Read more

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In “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” a white writer is kidnapped (sort of) by two Native American men who take him on a journey through Indian Country to impart lessons of spirituality and history. Read more



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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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“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.” Read more


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

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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. Read 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. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read more

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