Mohican Nation Cultural Tour

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians were pushed from the Eastern Seaboard across half a continent, forced to uproot and move many times to their present land in Wisconsin. "Many Trails" is an original design symbolizing endurance, strength and hope. From a long suffering proud and determined people. The "Many Trails" that the Mohican people traveled include stays in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; upstate New York; Muncie, Indiana; Stockbridge, Wisconsin; and the current Reservation in Wisconsin.

Approximate Drive Time: 1.5 Hours
For Maximum Enjoyment Allow: 3 Hours
Approximate Miles: 45 miles

Historic & Heritage Stops

Native American Traditional Sweat Lodges
Throughout Mohican spirituality many tribal members practice traditional ways. When driving through the Reservation and surrounding areas you may notice sweat lodges next to houses where Native Americans live. They are usually made out of a wooden structure covered with bark or tarps.
 

Stone Houses
Throughout the Reservation along Moh He Con Nuck and River Roads, there are stone houses that were built by the WPA -Works Progress Administration, a federal program developed during the depression as a result of President Roosevelt's New Deal. These houses are on the National Historic Registry and were built with local fieldstone in the 1930's by local Tribal members who took part in this federal work program.

1. Railroad Depot Museum 
Main Street
Gresham WI
(715) 787-3271 
    
At this former railroad depot you can view telegraphers equipment, railroad lanterns, timetables, freight wagons and other railroad memorabilia. Open Saturday 1:30 - 4 p.m. June through August or by special appointment.

2. Mission Lake Catholic Cemetery 
    
Located on County Road G in the Red Springs Township, there is a very small cemetery on the bank of Mission Lake with a few Mohican Tribal members buried there. This is located about mile before the Mission School.

3. Stockbridge Mission Church and School 
    
Located on County Road G in the Red Springs Township on Mission Lake, this church listed on the National Register of Historic Places was originally known as the Emmanuel Mohican Lutheran Church Mission School for Native American children in the area. Many of the Mohican elders attended this school and church services are on Saturday evenings at 6 p.m.

5. The Red Springs Cemetery 
    
Located on E. Town Hall Road in the Township of Red Springs. This cemetery was re-acquired by the Tribe in March of 2000. Oral Tradition suggests that the cemetery boundaries extend farther than the recognized boundary. Through the assistance of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the use of their ground penetrating radar equipment over 30 additional gravesites have been identified.

6. Morgan Siding 
    
Morgan Siding is a small mainly Stockbridge Community located on Town Hall Road and Morgan Road. It was once a booming lumber area. The community is named after Ole Morgan, who worked in the lumbering business. The word siding comes from the railroad that used to run through Morgan. There used to be a side rail that ran west off of the tracks used for loading and unloading. From this came the name Morgan Siding. Today, there are three churches and numerous houses in Morgan.

7. Old Stockbridge Presbyterian Church 
N8004 Morgan Road
Gresham WI 54128

16. Arvid E. Miller Memorial Library Museum 
N8510 Moh-He-Con-Nuck Road
Bowler WI 54416
(715) 793-4270 
    
Established in 1974, the historical Library/Museum is the official depository for the public records of the Mohican Nation, Stockbridge-Munsee Band. The primary goal is to preserve the history and culture for tribal members and the general public. A research library consists of written materials, such as books, manuscripts, correspondence, handwritten letters, notes, maps, microfilm, microfiche, scrapbooks, photographs, video tapes, language tapes, and much more. Among the many interesting items here are tribal documents, beadwork, items from the fur traders and many other unique things. One item in particular is a very large Bible given to the Mohicans by a Chaplain to the Prince of Wales. There is a gift shop located in the museum where Indian crafts are sold. All proceeds go back into historical materials and research. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Weekends by appointment.
 

17. Wea Tauk (Place of Wigwams) Village 
    
Located behind the Library Museum on Moh He Con Nuck Road, Wea Tauk Village is a small glimpse of what Traditional Native American life was like for the Mohican People through replicas of wigwams, food drying racks, storytelling area, fire pit in a rustic setting. 

19. The Stockbridge-Munsee Burial Grounds 
    
The burial grounds are located adjacent to Many Trails Park and Campground on Moh He Con Nuck Road in a rustic peaceful setting.

Recreation

4. Pine Hills Golf Course 
N9498 Big Lake Road
Gresham WI 54128
(715) 787-3778 
    
This scenic 18-hole golf course is surrounded by the north woods. The facilities also include the Pine Hills Clubhouse and restaurant and The Many Trails Banquet Hall.
 

8. Mohican North Star Casino and Bingo 
W12180 County Road A
Bowler WI 54416
   
  The casino offers over 1,000 slots including video poker and several progressive slot machines and is handicapped-assessable. The casino is open Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and is open continually Friday starting at 8 a.m. to Monday at 2 a.m. The casino offers a smoke-free area, Star Light Bar, North Star Cafe, Sub Shop, bingo 5 days a week and the Indus room features national entertainment acts.

9. Mohican RV Park 
HW12180 County Road A
Bowler, WI 54416 
    
A full service park open year-round featuring 57 sited located among the towering hardwoods of the casino's backyard.

18. Many Trails Park and Campground 
Located on Moh He Con Nuck Road along the west branch of the Red River. There are short hiking paths, a swimming hole, picnic areas, and playground. This is the site for the annual Powwow held during the second weekend of August. The campground has 16 rustic wooded campsites including firepits, tables and grills.

Attractions
 
10. Konkapot Lodge 
W12635 County Road A
Bowler WI 54416 
    
Built by Arrowhead Log Homes, this lodge has 28 guestrooms all with a scenic view of the north woods. Continental breakfast, Indian artwork trading post, spacious suites with Jacuzzi, seminar & conference facilities.
 

11. Mohican Veteran's Memorial 
Located on County Road A
Bowler WI 54416 
    
This memorial honors all of the Mohican Veterans past and present.

13. Arrowhead Log Homes 
The world's first log builder to be classified as a "sustainable harvest" builder considering the ever-increasing demand for building materials pitted against environmental concerns.

14. Headquarter's General Store 
N8459 Moh He Con Nuck Road
Bowler WI 54416
   
  This general store serves to provide grocery items and Native American arts and crafts creations. The product line includes Pendleton blankets, Native American hand-made baskets, jewelry, beading and leather supplies, Native American music and books, sweet grass, cedar, porcupine quill baskets, moccasins and numerous other Native American crafts.
 

Tribal Public Facilities

12. Stockbridge-Munsee Health and Wellness Center 
W12802 County Road A
Bowler WI 54416
(715) 793-4144 
    
Health services on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation began as Volunteer Inter-Tribal Medicine (VIM), a group of physicians primarily from the southern part of Wisconsin. These physicians volunteered their services one day every other week. The Tribe provided a mobile home to conduct these bi-weekly screening clinics. The two offices in the mobile home were makeshift exam rooms with the addition of a sheet of plywood placed across the desks. The Stockbridge-Munsee Comprehensive Health Center opened its doors to its first newly constructed facility in July 1974. Later, the demand for health care services grew and an administrative wing was added in 1983 and a pharmacy addition followed in October 1990.
 

15. Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Office 
N8476 Moh He Con Nuck Road
Bowler WI 54416
 
The Tribal Office is the central headquarters for the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe and the Tribal Council Governing body as well as the Tribal Council community meetings. Also housed in this office is the Tribal Court System which was established in 1995. The Court consists of three judges, with one Chief Judge and two Associate Judges. The Court has general civil jurisdiction over all Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal members, non-member Indians and non-Indians except when precluded by Tribal, federal or other law.

20. Public Safety 
W13445 Camp 14 Road
Bowler WI 54416 
    
The Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Tribe has a Cooperative Law Enforcement Agreement with Shawano County. The Stockbridge-Munsee contracts with the neighboring villages of Gresham and Bowler to provide Law Enforcement services. This has allowed the Stockbridge-Munsee the ability to develop and maintain a Police Department. The Deputies are deputized by Shawano County and are Wisconsin State Certified Law Enforcement Officers.
 

21. The Family Center 
N8605 Oak Street
Bowler WI 54416 
    
The Mohican Family Center opened its doors in 1995 to the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe and surrounding communities. Today, the Family Center houses the College of Menominee Nation-Stockbridge-Munsee site, complete with a computer lab. Recreational activities are offered for community youth and a qualified fitness staff assists all members with a proper exercise regimen. The Family Services program is partially housed in the center as well, with staff emphasis placed on prevention programs for the youth. 
  
22. The Novitiate  
W211 Butternut Rd
Gresham, WI 54128
 

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