Frank Vaisvilas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Frank Vaisvilas

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Past articles by Frank:

Testing for 'forever chemicals' lacking for tribal water systems

A study by researchers at the PFAS Project Lab found the EPA has sampled tribal water systems at a lower rate than non-tribal systems. → Read More

Tribal leaders in Wisconsin feel ignored over wolf hunt decision

Ojibwe tribal leaders in Wisconsin feel like they’re being ignored in their concerns about wolf hunting in the state. → Read More

Shailene Woodley is known as a film star and Aaron Rodgers' fiancee. To Indigenous groups, she's also an environmental ally.

Shailene Woodley, who’s engaged to Aaron Rodgers, can have plenty of Indigenous-led environmental activism to choose from in Wisconsin. → Read More

Ada Deer, Menominee trailblazer, featured on federal website for Women's History Month

Ada Deer is being featured in March on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs website in honor of Women’s History Month. → Read More

Maple syrup tapping season, started by Indigenous people, arrives in Wisconsin

The Indigenous people of North America had taught the first European settlers how to tap the maple tree and make syrup. → Read More

You won't collect coins or weapons in this video game. Instead, you'll gain wisdom about northern Wisconsin tribal culture.

An educational video game designed by a University of Wisconsin-Stout student teaches children about Ojibwe Native American culture and sovereignty. → Read More

Sturgeon revered by Menominee people, who inspired Wisconsin's sturgeon spearing season

A look at the historical, cultural and spiritual significance of the sturgeon to the Menominee people ahead of the annual sturgeon spearing season in Wisconsin. → Read More

College of Menominee Nation co-founder pens book of poems about tribal college movement

Thomas Davis, a co-founder of the College of Menominee Nation, recently published a book of poems about the tribal college movement. → Read More

Hate crime charges dropped against Wisconsin man who shot gun near tribal spearfishers

A St. Germain man who fired his gun as Ojibwe spearfishers boated on the lake near his home last year had hate crime charges dropped against him. → Read More

Ojibwe tribal school in Wisconsin has science experiment launched into space

Students at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribal School had their science project selected to be experimented on the International Space Station. → Read More

Well-known Menominee artist Anthony Gauthier died of COVID in December

Anthony Gauthier, a well-known Menominee artist whose large public murals can be seen in Keshena and Wittenberg, died of complications from COVID-19 in December. → Read More

Tribal leaders in Wisconsin applaud Biden's Native American pick for Cabinet

Tribal leaders in Wisconsin applauded President-elect Biden's nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland to head the Interior Department. → Read More

Group works to preserve ancient Indigenous burial mounds across Wisconsin

The Effigy Mounds Initiative group has been working to preserve and maintain ancient Indigenous burial grounds in Wisconsin. → Read More

Online archeological group deciphers arrowheads, artifacts found regularly in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Archeological Artifacts Facebook group has nearly 3,000 members, including Natives and non-Natives, who share a passion for history in Wisconsin and their work has led to some recent preservation efforts. → Read More

Native American veterans who are homeless get lift from Oneida Nation program

Native American veterans serve in the military at higher rates than other groups and also face homelessness at high rates back home. → Read More

50 years after a missed phone call, Brothertown Indian Nation still in pursuit of federal recognition

Brothertown officials believe their tribe would have been the 12th in the state to be federally recognized 50 years ago if not for a missed call. → Read More

In Wisconsin, Native American vote may have helped Biden top Trump in 2020 election

With an apparent narrow win for Biden in Wisconsin, the key to victory may have been the Native American vote. → Read More

Menominee Nation reports first COVID-19 death

The person who died was a community member and patient of Menominee Tribal Clinic, was elderly and had serious underlying health conditions. → Read More

Vilas County sheriff says woman who died in jail cell took her own life, tribe seeks 'resolution'

The Lac du Flambeau nation says it will press for a "resolution" in investigating the death of Donna Christensen, an Ojibwe woman. → Read More

'We wear because we care': Menominee award-winning performer's music video encourages tribal people to mask up

Wade Fernandez produced a music video with a message, while the pandemic prevented in-person concerts. → Read More