The Bad River name comes from a region of northern Wisconsin that played a significant role in my family history. They were the first to give the river its name – Mashkiziibi, or Swampy River – which French explorers translated as “ Bad ” River.
It is located along Wisconsin’s northern most coast of Lake Superior – the largest freshwater lake in the world. Bad River Chippewa have been living in this area for thousands of years, although the present Bad River Reservation was established by a treaty in 1854 with the United States Government.
Located in the Bad River Lodge and Casino. Open daily 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Ojibwa, also spelled Ojibwe or Ojibway, also called Chippewa, self-name Anishinaabe, Algonquian-speaking North American Indian tribe who lived in what are now Ontario and Manitoba, Can., and Minnesota and North Dakota, U.S., from Lake Huron westward onto the Plains.
DODEM is Anishinabem (Ojibwe) meaning ‘clan’ and KANONHSA is Kenienkaha (Mohawk) meaning ‘lodge’, and is transcribed in cree syllabics.
“Aaniin” (or “Aanii” in Odawa and some nearby communities) is often used as a greeting.
There are seven original clans: Crane, Loon, Bear, Fish, Marten, Deer and Bird.
The Ojibwe, Ojibwa, Chippewa, or Saulteaux are an Anishinaabe people in what is currently southern Canada and the northern Midwestern United States. There are 77,940 mainline Ojibwe; 76,760 Saulteaux; and 8,770 Mississauga, organized in 125 bands. They live from western Quebec to eastern British Columbia.