Marathon County Board Indigenous Peoples’ history presentation

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) — As part of a resolution to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Marathon County, the county board brought in Professor Brett Barker for a presentation on the history of native peoples Wisconsin.

The presentation discussed the different tribes throughout Wisconsin’s history and before it became a state. He also touched on difficult subjects like relocation, boarding schools and treaties that were not respected.

But he also spoke of achievements in the last few decades like preserving native languages.

“Many Wisconsin tribes have found a way to start to preserve their languages. They’ve begun to teach their children the native tongue again so that it does not die out with old native speakers,” Barker said.

He also pointed out that indigenous history is not just something of the past, but the story continues today.

Sarah McGrew

Sarah McGrew

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