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After a Long Campaign, Menominee Site Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Giving thanks for prayers answered that will preserve the culture of these sacred and historical sites of the Menominee Tribe. This is in honor of those who have gone before and those yet to come. Within this ceremonial dance ring giving thanks are L-R are Dr. David Overstreet, David “Nahwahquaw” Grignon, Tony Brown, Kahkamahut Waupekenay, Glen Miller, Lupi Corn, Lois Turney, Aaliyah Webster, and Dawn Wilber.

Keshena, WI — The Menominee Tribe is extremely happy to learn that its nomination to have the Sixty Islands or Anaem Omot (Dogs Belly) area in Wisconsin and Michigan be added to the National Register of Historic Places was approved. This recognizes critical burial and historic sites at the place of our origin.

Chairwoman Gena Kakkak was overwhelmed with gratitude, saying: “We are so very thankful to the National Park Service for including this site on the National Register of Historic Places. Our ancestors can now rest better in their places of burial. Our original spiritual and ceremonial grounds are recognized and our children can continue to learn and find their heritage in our places of origin.”

Tribal Historic Preservation Director David Grignon said: “This is a historic day for the Menominee people that the Sixty Islands area of the Menominee River will be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was a long time in coming, but now our sacred sites, mounds, and historic sites on the Menominee River at Sixty Islands are recognized”.
The Anaem Omot or Sixty Islands area of the Menominee River is located about 16 miles east of Stephenson, Michigan. The settlement remains date back roughly 10,000 years to the last Ice Age. The site has now been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The tribe has worked for several years to advocate for this listing and to protect the culturally sensitive areas that include burial mounds, garden beds, and ceremonial sites. Our tribal members and advocacy groups remain connected to this area for cultural purposes.

The Menominee Tribe, having no migration story, are the original people of this land from time immemorial. For more information on the Menominee Tribe visit our website at