Published on May 23, 2014 by Amy
We are the Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Mole Lake, Wisconsin. We are proud of our Heritage, our People and our Community. We invite you to take a look inside our community to meet our people to see how we’re working and how we’re growing. We acknowledge with gratitude the dedication of our Tribal members and the guidance of our Tribal council, whose efforts and support have made our accomplishments of the past decade possible.
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In the early autumn when the leaves begin to change color, the Sokaogon Indians of Mole Lake make their way to Rice Lake and one of the last remaining ancient wild rice beds in the State of Wisconsin. The annual harvest of wild rice, an essential part of the Indian diet, has altered very little in the hundreds of years that the Sokaogon have lived here. Family clans migrated from Eastern Canada to Madeline Island a thousand years ago, led by a vision that their journey would end in a land where the “foods grows on water” …Manoomin or wild rice. The Sokaogon band’s journey ended here in this area of abundant wild rice. Competition from the Sioux resulted in the Battle of Mole Lake in 1806. Today there stands a marker on Highway 55 in the village of Mole Lake to mark the battle ground where more than 500 warriors were slain in fierce hand-to-hand battle.
Sokaogon means the “Post in the Lake people because of a spiritual significance to a post – possibly the remains of a petrified tree – that stood in Post Lake near here. The Sokaogon Ojibwa are also known as the Lost Tribe because the legal title to the 12-mile square reservation from the Treaty of 1854 was lost in a shipwreck on Lake Superior. The band, under the leadership of Chief Willard Ackley, finally, after a long struggle, received federal recognition and reservation status in 1937. The Sokaogon (Mole Lake) Band enjoys three beautiful lakes either on or adjacent to the small reservation: Mole Lake, Rice Lake, and Bishop Lake.
The Mole Lake Casino and Bingo is located seven miles south of Crandon on Highway 55, 30 miles east Rhinelander: complete with a Full Service Bar, a Cafe, an ATM machine, Black Jack tables and over 400 Slot machines. The Casino is open every day. The Sokaogon Chippewa BP offers cigarettes, gas, diesel, groceries, wild rice, and Indian crafts.
The Mole Lake area boasts hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails, as well as hiking and mountain biking trails, ATV trails and cross country ski trails. There are over 800 lakes, 82 trout streams, and 400,000 acres of public wilderness land teeming with wild life. If you are looking for bald eagles, they are easy to spot soaring above the village of Mole Lake and nearby lakes and streams.