The Ojibwe name for the tribe was manoominii, meaning “wild rice people”, as they cultivated wild rice as one of their most important food staples. Historically, the Menominee were known to be a peaceful, friendly and welcoming nation, who had a reputation for getting along with other tribes.
The Menominee Indians are original residents of Wisconsin and the upper Michigan peninsula. Today most Menominees live on a reservation in Wisconsin. How is the Menominee Indian nation organized? The Menominee Indians live on a reservation, which is land that belongs to them and is under their control.
The seat of government for the Menominee Tribe is located approximately 45 miles northwest of Green Bay, Wisconsin, on the Menominee Indian Reservation, in the Village of Keshena.
In 1848, the Menominee ceded the last of their Wisconsin land to the U.S. in the Treaty of Lake Poygan, which promised the Menominee a new homeland of 600,000 acres in Minnesota. The 1848 Treaty allowed the Menominee to remain two more years in Wisconsin.
1. Posoh- Hello or Hi!
Language: The Algonquian language Menominee (or Menomini ) is today spoken by only a few tribal elders in Wisconsin, though some younger Menominees hope to revive the language.
The size of the reservation is 235,524 acres or approximately 357.96 square miles, and contains roughly 223,500 acres of heavily forested lands, representing the largest single tract of virgin timberland in Wisconsin.
The Miami (Miami- Illinois: Myaamiaki) are a Native American nation originally speaking one of the Algonquian languages. Among the peoples known as the Great Lakes tribes, it occupied territory that is now identified as North-central Indiana, southwest Michigan, and western Ohio.
Wisconsin American Indian Nations and Tribal Communities The following links are to the official websites for each of Wisconsin’s eleven federally recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities.