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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Monday, 10 October 2022 10:10

menominee-indian-reservationWisconsin is home to twelve Native Nations. Indigenous Peoples Day was first recognized in 2019 by Executive Order to annually celebrate it on the second Monday in October.

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today recognized and celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day with a video message honoring Wisconsin’s Native Nations and reaffirming the state’s commitment to respecting Tribal Sovereignty and utilizing government-to-government relationships to build a stronger future for the state.  

First recognized in 2019 when Gov. Evers signed Executive Order #50 to annually designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day, today marks the fourth year in row Wisconsin has celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day. A copy of this year’s Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation is available here

Last year, in addition to recognizing the annual observance of Indigenous Peoples Day in Wisconsin, Gov. Evers signed Executive Order #136 issuing a formal acknowledgement and apology for Wisconsin’s historical role in Indian boarding schools. The governor’s order also included a formal declaration of support for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative

Wisconsin is home to twelve Native Nations, including the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Forest County Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk Nation, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Oneida Nation, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians, and Brothertown Indian Nation. 

The governor’s Indigenous Peoples Day video message is available for use here, and a transcript of the message is available below: 

tony-eversHey, Wisconsin. Governor Tony Evers here.

It was a pleasure and an honor in 2019 to designate the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day in our state to recognize the importance of Native Nations to the history of this region, to reaffirm our commitments to upholding Tribal Sovereignty, and to celebrate Indigenous cultures.

Today, as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, we are celebrating generations of resilient Tribal communities—communities that have rich cultures, language, and traditions, and a deeply rooted history long before Wisconsin ever became a state.

And that history and these traditions, languages, and cultures still prevail today.

As governor, the government-to-government relationship between state government and Tribal Nations is incredibly important to me.

It’s through those partnerships that we can work together to build a stronger state and stronger communities and better support the people we serve.

As a state, we share responsibility with the federal government for upholding agreements and honoring treaty rights, acknowledging the pain inflicted on Tribal communities historically and even still today, and making things right for future generations.

We are a better state when we do, when we support one another, respect Tribal Sovereignty and our Tribal neighbors, and when we work together to build the sort of state we want to live in.

So, today, as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, I hope you’ll join me today in celebrating the 12 Native Nations across our state and the immense contributions of Native people, without whom Wisconsin would not be what it is today.

With that, on behalf of our state, happy Indigenous Peoples Day.

Thank you.

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