NATOW’s mission is to promote tribal tourism and economic development, while highlighting the beauty, diversity and cultural dynamism of the 11 federally recognized tribes of Wisconsin. Tourism is the leading industry in tribal economies and plays a critical role in generating employment and revenues for essential governmental services for tribes and their members, including healthcare, housing, education, elder services, pre-K and more. By expanding their tourism initiatives throughout the state, region and nation, Wisconsin's tribes are scaffolding their efforts to be self-sufficient and boost their economies. NATOW is comprised of representatives from each tribe who meet bi-monthly to discuss and implement its strategic initiatives. As one of the largest tribal tourism organizations in the country, NATOW has grown to be a recognized force in Wisconsin at gatherings, festivals, and events.
The tribes of Wisconsin have an ancient history in the region, stretching back hundreds of thousands of years. In fact, tribes in the state are among the oldest Copper Cultures in the world, with some copper objects dating back to the end of the last Ice Age, representing the tribes' deep relationship and cultural connection to their lands. A series of 19th century treaties between the tribes and the U.S. Government established the 11 Tribal Reservations as they are known and recognized today. It is the largest concentration of tribes in one state east of the Mississippi River.
Today, Native Wisconsin is made up of 11 sovereign tribal nations, including: Bad River Ojibwe, Forest County Potawatomi, Ho Chunk, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Menominee Nation, Mole Lake Sokaogan Chippewa, Oneida Nation, Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe, St. Croix Band of Ojibwe, and the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans. Each tribe is a sovereign nation with a governing body and its own Constitution.
Their reservation lands occupy over one half million acres of prime forest and marsh lands, lakes and rivers. Each tribe has its own language, art forms, traditional practices and oral histories. Diverse yet alike in many ways, each of the reservations feature pristine lakes, rivers and streams, towering forests and ancient wild rice beds-ecosystems teeming with an abundance of wildlife. Their natural resources have been protected by the same treaties that established the reservations and are still in force today.
Tribal art, traditions and culture are significant parts of Native communities in the state, making Wisconsin a unique destination to explore the history of Native American people in the Great Lakes Region.
NATOW Board of Directors
Nathan Gordon NATOW President
Red Cliff Representative
37405 Pike Rd.
Bayfield, WI 54814
Kirby Metoxen NATOW Vice President
N7210 Seminary Rd.
Oneida, WI 54155
Kimberlee A. Soldier NATOW Secretary
Operation Manager, Mole Lake Casino
3084 Hwy 55
Crandon, WI 54520
Cherie Pero NATOW Treasurer
Casino Guest Services Manager
73370 U.S. Hwy 2
Odanah, WI 54861
Brooks Boyd Executive Councilman
Forest County Potawatomi
5416 Everybody's Rd.
Crandon, WI 54520
Randy Cadotte Gaming General Manager
Lac Courte Oreilles
13767 W. County Rd. B
Hayward, WI 54843
Diane Bridgeforth Planning Department
Lac du Flambeau
602 Peace Pipe Rd.
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538
Casey Brown Public Relations Officer
Ho Chunk Nation
W9814 Airport Rd.
Black River Falls, WI 54615
Monique Tyndall, M.A. Director of Cultural Affairs
N8510 MohHeConNuck Rd Bowler, WI 54416
Randal Chevalier Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
W2908 Tribal Office Loop Rd.
Keshena, WI 54155
Peter LaBlanc Tribal Liaison Director
St. Croix Chippewa
24663 Angeline Ave.
Webster, WI 54893
Woodland Indian Art, Inc. (WIA) is a non-profit organization created to expand the awareness and appreciation of Woodland Indian Arts and Culture through education, events and markets. We bring Woodland Indian artists together to raise awareness of their distinct artistic styles and cultures. We contribute to the economy of Native communities by cultivating the public’s appreciation of Woodland Indian artists and the unique diversity of their art. WIA and its volunteers have produced the Woodland Indian Art Show and Market on the Oneida Reservation in Wisconsin since 2006.
For nearly two decades, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has served as the national voice for American Indian nations engaged in cultural tourism. In addition to serving as the voice for Indian Country tourism, AIANTA provides technical assistance and training to Tribal nations and Native-owned enterprises engaged in tourism, hospitality and recreation.
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) provides grants to eligible organizations for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to support Native farmers and ranchers.