Native American Summit

Wisconsin tribal leaders and UW-Madison officials gathered in 2019 for the Native Nations Summit.

UW-Native Nations Partnerships

In May 2016, the provosts of UW-Madison, Colleges, and Extension collectively authorized a new initiative: the Native Nations_UW (NN_UW) Working Group, committed to working toward creating broad educational networks, respectful research relationships, and culturally responsive engagement programs.

To work toward more respectful and reciprocal partnerships with Native Nations and communities in Wisconsin, the NN_UW implemented a three-year strategic plan from 2017 through 2019. This strategic plan was a step toward building relationships with and honoring commitments to Native Nations. This work continues through the UW-Madison Office of Tribal Relations.

A tribal member demonstrates a traditional method of canoe building as students assist.

Projects and Professional Development

People across the University of Wisconsin System are engaged with Native Nations through a wide range of programs and projects. Learn more about these mutually beneficial collaborations.

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Puffy clouds and blue sky are reflected on a lake's calm surface, as a small island stands in the background.


From the original inhabitants of Dejope along the shores of Lake Mendota to the traditional agricultural practices of the Oneida Nation to a portrait of the Chippewa Flowage, these stories explore Native history, culture and traditions.

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Research Resources

Find information about tribal research governance, UW-Madison research partnership hubs and student researcher opportunities.

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