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Tribal Histories Project Shares the Stories of the Sovereign Nations in Wisconsin

August 14, 2014

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Erik Ernst, publicist,
Mik Derks, producer,

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Menominee History
Oneida History
Potawatomi History

New Tribal Histories Project Shares the Stories of the Sovereign Nations in Wisconsin
First Three Programs Premiere Aug. 26 on WPT and are streaming online now at Additional Programs in Production Now.

Storytellers from each of 11 sovereign nations located in Wisconsin share the unique histories of their people and communities in a new Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) series of Tribal Histories documentaries. The first three programs, featuring the Menominee, Oneida and Potawatomi tribes premiere on WPT 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 and are streaming online now at

Recorded in the beautiful natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, the programs feature rich retellings of the challenges, triumphs and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities across generations.

In the first three programs, tribal members share their nation’s oral traditions with David Grignon from the Menominee Nation at 7 p.m., Randy Cornelius from the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin at 7:30 and Jim Thunder and Mike Alloway Sr. from the Forest County Potawatomi at 8.

Programs featuring the eight other sovereign nations located within Wisconsin’s modern boundaries and the Brothertown Indian Nation, whose sovereign status is no longer recognized by the federal government, will air on WPT in coming years.

WPT’s Tribal Histories project is part of Wisconsin’s Act 31 Initiative to provide educational material about American Indians in Wisconsin to the state’s schools of education and K-12 teachers.

Support for Tribal Histories  is provided by the Francis A. and Georgia F. Ariens Fund of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Irene Daniell Kress, the Evjue Foundation, Ron and Patty Anderson, the estate of Dale Druckrey, the Wisconsin History Fund supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities; and the Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

Wisconsin's Act 31 Initiative partners include: Wisconsin Indian Education Association; Wisconsin Media Lab; Wisconsin Historical Society; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education; University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension’s Community Development Educators; UW-Green Bay, First Nation Studies Program; UW-Eau Claire, American Indian Studies Program; UW-Madison Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) Project; and Wisconsin Public Television.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA- TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.


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