Hobart, Oneida tribe share complex relationship


In the ongoing rift between the Oneida tribe and the village of Hobart, it's easy to forget the pair's close kinship: Hobart's founding fathers had Oneida blood in their veins. Oneida leader Josiah Powless was Hobart's first chairman in 1908, after the tribe organized itself into two towns — Hobart in Brown County and Oneida in Otagamie County. Along with Powless, surnames of those early leaders included Skenandore, Hill, Webster and Doxtator — names clearly identifiable today with families of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.