Marbleseed, as an organization committed to regeneration of the geography known as the Upper Midwestern United States through organic farming practices, owes gratitude and acknowledgment to the Indigenous communities who have long stewarded this land that we all now share. This statement is made within the context of a present where tribal communities are continuing to struggle for sovereignty in their ways of hunting, fishing, gathering, and farming.
Marbleseed comes to the first citizens of Turtle Island (North America) offering respect and a deep appreciation for their knowledge of all the plants, animals, trees, soils, and medicine this region supports. We hold curiosity and a desire to learn from tribal partners, to be accountable for our actions, and to be a true partner in healing the land so that all ecosystems, natural communities, and species may thrive.
Wisconsin, the primary place of Marbleseed programming and operations, is home to eleven federally recognized tribal nations: Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Ho-Chunk Nation, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin, Oneida Nation, Forest County Potawatomi, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, St. Croix Chippewa, Sokaogon Chippewa (Mole Lake), and Stockbridge-Munsee.
Our hope is that members of the Marbleseed community will join us in this journey to learn from, partner with, pay respect to, and uphold the knowledge of Indigenous peoples of this region. To learn more about the many Native communities of Turtle Island and the history of broken treaties, harmful U.S. governmental policies, and the forced removal and ceded lands of Native people in this region, visit: