Wisconsin Native Americans

Wisconsin Native Americans

Oneida Nation Museum, W892 County Road EE, De Pere. 920-869-2768, oneidanation.org/museum. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Admission: $2 adults, $1 children and 55 and over. Three-hour Oneida Nation tours are conducted Monday through Friday, including a sweat lodge, buffalo herds, the tribe's organic farm and more. Call two weeks ahead, 920-496-5025 or 920-496-5020. Tours are $15 for adults.

The Arvid E. Miller Memorial Library Museum of the Mohican Nation, N8510 Moh-He-Con-Nuck Road, Bowler, 715-793-4270, mohican-nsn.gov. Open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday year-round. Donations accepted.

The Menominee Logging Camp Museum, Highway 47 and County Trunk VV, 11/4 miles north of Keshena, 715-799-3757. Open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday May 16 to mid-October, weather dependent. Admission: $7 seniors 61 and older, $10 16 and older, $5 ages 10 to 15, free for children 9 or younger. The Menominee Cultural Center shares the property.

Historic Dinesen House, near Mole Lake Lodge, 3084 Highway 55, Crandon. For tours, contact Richard Ackley, 715-478-7587, Sokaogon Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, molelake.com.

Forest County Potawatomi Cultural Center, Library and Museum, 5460 Everybody's Road, Crandon, 800-960-5479, ext. 7474, potawatomimuseum.com. Library open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The museum is installing a new exhibit and will reopen this fall.

Waswagoning Indian Village, 2750 County Road H, Lac du Flambeau, 715-588-2615 or 715-588-3560, waswagoning.us. Tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday June 14 to Aug. 31. Tour fee: $8 adults, $6 children 5-12 and "respected elders" 65-78, free for children under 5 and "VIPs" (79 or older). Group tours mid-May into September.

George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwe Museum & Cultural Center, 603 Peace Pipe Road, Lac du Flambeau, 715-588-3333, lacduflambeauchamber.com/attractions.htm.

Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday mid-March-October; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday November–mid-March. Admission: $4 adults, $3 seniors 55 or older, children 5 to 15, free for children younger than 5.

Lac du Flambeau Indian Bowl Pow Wows, 603 Peace Pipe Road, (just off Highway 47), Lac du Flambeau. Tribal Council 715-588-3303, lacduflambeauchamber.com/attractions.htm. Grand Entry about 7 p.m. Thursdays June 25 to Aug. 25. Admission: $7 adults, $3 children.

Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, 8500 County Road U (three miles west of Highway 35 between Danbury and Webster, 715-866-8890, theforts.org. Narrated one- or two-hour tours start 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday May 28 through Labor Day; weekends in September. Tour fee: $7 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 6 to 12, free for children under 5, $20 for families of four (two adults, two children).

Where to stay

Konkapot Lodge, W12635 County Road A, Bowler, 715-787-4747, konkapot.com. This was the most unusual place we stayed. The logs used to build the Konkapot were salvaged from the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation after a 1997 "blow down" from high winds. The handcrafted log work was done by Arrowhead Log Homes, owned and operated by the tribal members.

Rates range from $79 to $135, and seniors get 10 percent off on Thursdays.

Mole Lake Casino, Lodge and Conference Center, 3084 Highway 55, Crandon, 877-478-5772, molelake.com. Nice accommodations operated by the Sokaogon Mole Lake Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa. Standard, nonpromotional rates range from $75 to $162.

Lake of the Torches Resort and Casino, 512 Old Abe Road, Lac du Flambeau, 888-599-9200, lakeofthetorches.com. A handsome hotel, with a kid-friendly pool and the Dancing Waters Lounge for grown-ups, this is operated by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Rates range from $105 to $190.

General information

Most helpful was travelwisconsin.com, the official site of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism in Madison. Click on Arts & Culture, then Native Culture. Phone 800-432-8747.

Native American Tourism of Wisconsin, natow.org. Or call Kirby Metoxen of the Oneida Nation, 920-496-5025.