The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

Land Acknowledgement

The Ridges Sanctuary is located in Baileys Harbor and Jacksonport, Wisconsin. As part of the greater Door Peninsula and Green Bay basin, we recognize these lands as the land of the Potawatomi and Menominee, Odawa (Ottawa), Sauk, Ojibwe, Petun, and Huron peoples. We recognize that it is unknown which nations resided on the land of The Ridges Sanctuary. We acknowledge that this land was taken from these peoples by white European settlers and enforced by the 1830 Indian Removal Act. We remain humble to what we do not know. As stewards of The Ridges Sanctuary, we will continue to learn the history and present realities from First Nations with connections to this land and educate each other about those to whom these lands have belonged.


Information for this Land Acknowledgement and additional educational sources can be found at the following references:

Wisconsin Department of Health Services. “American Indians in Wisconsin: History,” April 21, 2014. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/minority-health/population/amind-pophistory.htm.

Loew, Patty. Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal. 2nd ed. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2013.

Loew, Patty. Native People of Wisconsin. Revised and Expanded edition. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2015.

“Menominee Treaties and Treaty Rights | Milwaukee Public Museum.” Accessed November 8, 2021. https://www.mpm.edu/content/wirp/ICW-108.

“The Fur Trade | Milwaukee Public Museum.” Accessed November 8, 2021. https://www.mpm.edu/content/wirp/ICW-146.

Tishler, William H. Door County’s Emerald Treasure: A History of Peninsula State Park. Wisconsin Land and Life. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006.

Wisconsin’s First Nations: American Indian Studies in Wisconsin. “Tribal Histories.” Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction-American Indian Studies, PBS Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-School of Education, April 19, 2022. https://wisconsinfirstnations.org/tribal-histories/.

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