Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin


Evidence of ancient Native American habitation uncovered on the reservation may not halt future road improvements. The dig found "some worthwhile information but nothing earth-shattering," said the senior archaeologist for the State Historical Society. Still, representatives of the Oneida and Menominee said they want to see his dig report before giving their blessing to future road projects. "That's aboriginal Menominee territory in the Green Bay area,'' said David Grignon, tribal historic preservation officer for the Menominee. "The sites along Duck Creek were historically significant to the Menominee because of the fish Duck Creek provided, and wild rice that grew in the bay that was harvested by the tribe." Most of the found objects - mainly pieces of pottery and tools - were reportedly of Menominee origin, possibly a series of short-term campsites dating back 1,000 years and more. The team reported indications of habitation of mid-19th century, including a gun flint of a type exported by the ton from England between 1780 and 1900. The late habitants could also have been Oneidas who began migrating from ancestral land in the state of New York to Wisconsin in the 1820s, or they might have been whites who would have used similar objects.