The 11 Wisconsin Nations

As educators and administrators, we know you care about learners’ unique identities, cultures, and world views. Knowing your local communities plays an integral step in the journey to gain cultural knowledge. As you navigate diverse cultures and the Model to Inform Culturally Responsive Practices, what responsive needs can you acquire to gain a better understanding of local communities?

In the state of Wisconsin, there are eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities according to the DPI American Indian Studies website. Which nations are present and represented in your community? Click here to see the current tribal lands map and current tribal lands map and poster


Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Forest County Potawatomi

Ho-Chunk Nation

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Mole Lake (Sokaogon Chippewa Community) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Saint Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians

Brothertown Indian Nation (Included, not a federal or state recognized American Indian nation)   


 To gain an understanding of American Indian/Alaska Native cultures, the center recommends educators take part in seven experiences and visit the Wisconsin DPI Fact Sheet for Wisconsin American Indian Studies.


As you begin (or continue) your journey, the Wisconsin RtI Center and DPI have a range of resources available:

Model to Inform Culturally Responsive Practices

Culturally Responsive Practices Glossary

Risk Ratio Module

Seven Experiences

Community Asset Mapping Workbook

Promoting Excellence For All

Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network


Seven ExperiencesSeven Experiences

Providing a culturally-responsive environment in the classroom is critical to bridging home culture and school culture. Building relationships with students and drawing on their lived experiences will help develop positive self-identity and prepare all students for a multicultural world.

An organic professional and personal development process focused on exploring cultures other than your own and increasing your knowledge of the students in your school is seven interconnected experiences. The goal of the journey is to expose yourself to and connect with these experiences in a personal and professional manner to gain a deeper understanding of culturally responsive practices and the impact these practices have on your work, classroom, and student outcomes.

By engaging both your head and your heart, you will understand, affirm, and validate some of the behaviors that you learn are cultural; and gain the skills you’ll need to bridge the differences between home, community, and school behaviors.

Where will you start (or continue) your journey with the seven experiences?

1. Articles: An easily accessible way for practitioners to become familiar with culturally responsive practices.

2. Book studies: An in-depth way for practitioners to explore students’ cultures.

3. Coaching and modeling: Important tools for integrating culturally responsive practices into the classroom.

4. Conferences and workshops: Frequently held opportunities to assist practitioners who wish to create a culturally responsive atmosphere in the classroom.

5. Guest speakers: A thought-provoking way to learn directly about another culture.

6. Community site visits: Gain an understanding of another culture with cultural centers open to hosting visitors to share their culture.

7. School site visits: Gain a better understanding of students whose culture may not match your own by visiting another school; which can help bring understanding of how to best reach students in your own class who are of that culture. 

Click here for an overview of the seven experiences or view our video


Click to see vision in action! 

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Wisconsin American Indian Nations and Tribal Communities. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Accessed at