map that shows the extent of tribal lands today and circa 1800 in the Midwest

Posoh, Haho, Boozhoo, Bosho, Shekoli, Koolamalsi, Aquy*,

Welcome to Teejop, an extraordinary cultural and agricultural center with thousands of years of human story.  Teejop (or Four Lakes in Hoocąk language) is where the University of Wisconsin-Madison main campus is located, but with UW-Madison research and agricultural stations, UW Health clinics, and Division of Extension offices located in each county, UW-Madison is located throughout Wisconsin with many connections to the 12 American Indian Nations of Wisconsin.

Within the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Office of University Relations, and in partnership with the Division of Extension, the Office of Tribal Relations works to foster strong ties between the the 12 First Nations of Wisconsin and the University. Find out more about Tribal Relations.

  • In December 2021, The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a new policy to develop strong, collaborative relationships with the sovereign American Indian tribes in Wisconsin. The UW System Tribal Consultation Policy reflects UW System’s commitment to government-to-government relationships with the Tribal Nations, including regular communication related to research, agreements, initiatives, and policies that have an impact on the Tribes and individual members.
  • Although separate from state government offices, Tribal Relations at UW-Madison works to forward awareness of Executive Order #18 issued in April 2019, by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers affirming the sovereignty of the 11 federally recognized Tribal governments in Wisconsin and the government-to-government relationship that exists between the State and Tribal Nations. Executive Order #19 is a continuation of the work set in motion by Executive Order #39 of 2004, which established the State-Tribal Consultation Initiative.
  • Tribal Relations celebrates Executive Order #50 which established the second Monday in October to be Indigenous Peoples Day in Wisconsin.

Waewaenen, Pinagigi, Miigwech, Igwiyen!, Yaw^ko, Anushiik, Kôkicash* for visiting the Office of Tribal Relations website.

Note on Languages

The 12 Native Nations of Wisconsin speak seven languages from three language families. “Hello” and “Thank you” are above in

  1. Bodwéwadmimwen/Neshnabémwen (Potawatomi)
  2. Hoocąk (Ho-Chunk)
  3. Huluníixsuwaakun (Munsee)
  4. Mã’eekuneeweexthowãakun (Mohican)
  5. Mamāceqtaweqnaesen/Oma͞eqnomenēweqnaesen (Menominee)
  6. Ojibwemowin/Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe)
  7. Ukwehuwehnéha (Oneida)

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Contact Us

Please contact Aaron Bird Bear, UW–Madison's Director of Tribal Relations, if you have additional questions.

Aaron Bird Bear, then assistant dean for Student Diversity Programs and now Director of Tribal Relations, helps Demetria Abangan-Brown Eagle (right) to create a crayon rubbing on paper during a heritage marker dedication ceremony for the "Our Shared Future" plaque on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on June 18, 2019.