Sovereign Tribal Nations

Nicolet is committed to honoring the sovereignty, history, and culture of the three tribal nations in the Nicolet District.

The Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa settled in 1745 with Chief Kiishkemon and his band. Their name translates to mean “Lake of the Torches.”

The Forest County Potawatomi (Bodwe’wadmi) were once allied with the Odawa and Ojibwe tribes in a confederation known as the Council of Three Fires. They earned the name “Keepers of the Fire” as their task was to keep the sacred fire among the three councils.

The Sokaogon (Mole Lake) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa migrated from Canada and Madeline Island a thousand years ago. The name Sokaogon translates to “Post in the Water” because of the spiritual significance of a tree that stands in nearby Post Lake.

For centuries, these great nations have made major contributions to the history and development of the State of Wisconsin. Historical and contemporary influences continue to inspire Nicolet’s vision of developing partnerships with each nation and its respective members.


The Tribal Outreach Coordinator collaborates with: tribal education departments and committees, tribal governments and community agencies, state and national community and education development organizations.

  • Wisconsin Indian Education Association
  • National Indian Education Association
  • Wisconsin Colleges Personnel Association
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