Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Wisconsin Indian Treaties (Marquette Law Library)

Treaty Councils, from Prairie du Chien to Madeline Island

Classroom Activities on Wisconsin Indian Treaties and Tribal Sovereignty

Potawatomi Culture and History

Read More About It

"Treaties Between the Potawatomi Tribe of Indians and the United States of American, 1789-1867" edited by George Fay

"Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal" by Patty Loew

"Chippewa Treaty Rights: The Reserved Rights of Wisconsin's Chippewa Indians in Historical Perspective" by Ronald N. Satz



Interesting Fact:

In 1825, all tribes in present-day Wisconsin were pressured by U.S. officials to define the boundaries of their land. This was the first step towards Indian tribes ceding land to U.S. negotiators.

Study Questions:

  • Where was the land located that was part of the first treaty?
  • What did the Indians receive in exchange for their land?
  • How many treaties have there been between the U.S. government and tribes from Wisconsin?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on July 29:

    1914: The first transcontinental telephone service began with a call between New York and San Francisco.
    1958: NASA is created.

  • July 29

    July 29, 1829: The first treaty ceding a portion of land in Wisconsin was signed at Prairie du Chien by the Potawatomi, Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

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