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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

10809 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227
(414) 604-2044

Long before European explorers and adventurers came to the Great Lakes region, American Indian tribes flourished in the area we now know as the City of Milwaukee. The name "Milwaukee" is derived from an Algonquian word Millioke, meaning "Good Land,” and from a Potawatomi word Minwaking meaning “gathering place by the waters.” Both explanations aptly describe our city.

Milwaukee Today

Today, members of various tribes still call Milwaukee home. Members from the Wisconsin Nations, such as the Ojibwe (Chippewa), Potawatomi, Menominee, Oneida, Stockbridge, Brothertown and Ho-Chunk, as well as descendants from out-of-state tribes, make up Milwaukee's inter-tribal community. This community has given rise to many social, cultural, health and educational organizations. Among the 20 organizations in the Metro area, the Indian Community School, whose building has earned national recognition, promotes ancestral traditions among American Indian youth, while Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services promotes education and awareness through language lessons and cultural workshops. Other organizations, such as the American Indian Student Services of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, hosts an annual powwow in the fall, and the Indian Council of the Elderly hold meals and events created for the American Indian elders in the community.

Festivals and Celebrations

North America's largest American Indian festival — Indian Summer Festival — has been celebrated for more than 30 years at Milwaukee's lakefront Henry Maier Festival Park. During this three-day event the weekend after Labor Day, contemporary American Indian entertainers combine with traditional arts, crafts and cuisine reflecting the diversity and richness of North American Indian cultures.

Other annual events include the colorful Hunting Moon Pow Wow held at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in October and the Indian Summer Winter Pow Wow that takes place at State Fair Park in March.

Attractions

More insight into the American Indian experience can be found at the Milwaukee Public Museum; there you'll find a "Tribute to Survival" — a powerful exhibit created in partnership with the Milwaukee American Indian community. Gaming also attracts many visitors to the city. Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, a Las Vegas-style gaming and entertainment complex built on land once settled by the Potawatomi in the Menomonee River Valley, offers you luxury hotel accommodations, a chance to try your luck, take in a show at the cabaret-style theater, or enjoy award-winning dining at one of seven restaurants.

City of Neighborhoods

Explore Milwaukee's neighborhoods

One-of-a-kind culture

Known as a “big city of little neighborhoods,” Milwaukee’s unique neighborhoods are what make up the city’s one-of-a-kind culture. We like it local here, and you’ll find locally-owned restaurants, shops, and businesses throughout the city. Ready to start planning? Check out this sampling of some of the neighborhoods you might explore when you visit Milwaukee!

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Riverwest

One-of-a-kind culture

Diverse, artsy and eclectic – explore Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood. This friendly and tight-knit community will make you feel like a local.

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East Side

One-of-a-kind culture

Old school and new school, creative, and trend-setting – discover Milwaukee's East Side neighborhood.

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Historic Third Ward

One-of-a-kind culture

A gem of Milwaukee's downtown, the Historic Third Ward is the city's thriving arts and fashion district. This neighborhood along the Milwaukee river is as unique as its boutique shops and restaurants.

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Westown

One-of-a-kind culture

The bustling neighborhood of Westown is home to Historic Old World Third Street, the Milwaukee RiverWalk, the Milwaukee Bucks Arena, and the Wisconsin Center District.

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East Town

One-of-a-kind culture

Discover the lively East Town neighborhood in the heart of Milwaukee's downtown: shopping, dining, and entertainment in a walk-able and beautiful urban neighborhood.

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Menomonee River Valley

One-of-a-kind culture

The Menomonee River Valley is home to some of the biggest names in Milwaukee: Potawatomi, Harley-Davidson, and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Walker's Point

One-of-a-kind culture

Inclusive, hyper-local, and artistic – explore Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood.

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Bronzeville

One-of-a-kind culture

History, growth, and celebration – discover Milwaukee's Bronzeville neighborhood.

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Brewers Hill

One-of-a-kind culture

History, beer, and riverfront views – discover the Brewers Hill neighborhood in Milwaukee.

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Clarke Square

One-of-a-kind culture

Culture, community, and a vibrant atmosphere – discover Milwaukee's Clarke Square neighborhood.

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Avenues West and Marquette

One-of-a-kind culture

The Avenues West neighborhood is home to the prestigious Marquette University and renowned attractions like the Pabst Mansion and Irish Cultural Center.

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Harbor District

One-of-a-kind culture

Industry, revitalization, and miles of waterfront – explore Milwaukee's Harbor District.

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Bay View

One-of-a-kind culture

Retro, independent, and energetic – discover the Bay View neighborhood in Milwaukee.

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