Native Nations Flag Ceremony

A person wearing feathered head attire while holding a flag with feathers attached.

The Indigenous Law Student Association (ILSA) and University of Wisconsin Law School honored Wisconsin’s Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous veterans Nov. 4, 2022, during the Native Nations Flag Ceremony at the Pyle Center. Native Nations with ancestral ties to Wisconsin presented their flags, thanked their veterans and celebrated with drum group performances. In making remarks, tribal leaders were joined by university representatives, including Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin, UW Law Dean Daniel Tokaji and ILSA Co-Presidents Morgan Spohn and Karen Suárez Jiménez.

Three people in the image. One person speaking at the podium with a microphone. One person is standing behind a third draped with a blanket.

Participants in the flag ceremony included:

  • Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Brothertown Indian Nation
  • Forest County Potawatomi Community
  • Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin
  • 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
  • St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
  • Sokaogon Chippewa Community / Mole Lake Band of
    Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican
  • Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

The University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial. The Law School is committed to having a visible, respectful place on campus for tribal recognition.

Photography by Nick Wilkes