Ridges Hosts First Peoples Presentation

The Ridges Sanctuary will host the free, virtual presentation “The Indigenous Peoples of the Door County Peninsula” on Jan. 15, 10:30 am – 12 pm.

Presenter Kathleen Ratteree will provide insight into the contemporary Native nations that are the descendants of the county’s original inhabitants, discuss land acknowledgements and explain why they’re an important first step in recognizing tribal sovereignty. Ratteree will also provide resources to learn more about Wisconsin’s 12 First Nations communities.

Eight Indigenous groups made their homes in what is now called Door County. Before Swedes, Norwegians, Moravians and Belgians, there were Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Ojibwe and Sauk – Native nations that settled this region more than 10,000 years ago, leaving behind cultural and technological influences that we still see today.

Visit to register for this virtual program.