The Great Lakes Agency was established in 1894 at La Pointe on Madeline Island in the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior -- the largest freshwater lake in the world. In 1943 the Agency was moved to Ashland, Wisconsin, on the southern shore of the Chequamegon Bay. Until the mid-1970s the Agency provided direct services to all the tribes located in the states of Wisconsin and Michigan. Today, the Agency continues to serve as the office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) from which the responsibilities to the federally recognized tribes of Wisconsin are carried out. The Agency has primary responsibility for the government-to-government relationship for ten of the eleven federally recognized tribes in the State of Wisconsin that include six Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa, Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Oneida and Stockbridge-Munsee.

Contact Us

Mailing/Physical Address:
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Great Lakes Agency
916 West Lakeshore Drive
Ashland, Wisconsin 54806

Telephone: (715) 682-4527
Telefax: (715) 682-8897

Diane Baker


The following programs and services are provided by the Great Lakes Agency:

Branch of Real Estate Services
Realty Officer, Vacant

  • Fee-to-Trust
  • Trust-to-Trust
  • Rights-of-Way
  • Leasing

Branch of Forestry and Fire Management
Supervisory Forester, Eric Oliphant

  • Timber Sales
  • Timber Development
  • Timber Inventory
  • Fire Management

Forestry Field Offices are also located at Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe and Shawano Wisconsin.

Branch of Probate
Supervisory Legal Administrative Specialist, Dena Ness

  • Estate Services

Branch of Administration
Administrative Officer, Scot Cameron

  • Support Services
  • Self-Determination
  • Tribal Operations
  • Facilities

Branch of Natural Resources
Branch Chief, Vacant

  • National Environmental Policy Act Compliance
Tribes Served:

Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of the Bad River Reservation, Wisconsin

Contact Information: Bad River Tribal Council
Post Office Box 39
Odanah, Wisconsin 54861
Phone Number (715) 682-7111

Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin

Contact Information: Forest County Potawatomi Community
Post Office Box 340
Crandon, Wisconsin 54520
Phone Number (715) 478-7200

Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin

Ho-Chunk Nation
W9814 Airport Road
Post Office Box 667
Black River Falls, Wisconsin 54615
Phone Number (715) 284-9343

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Lac Courte Oreilles Governing Board
13394 W. Trepania Road Building 1
Hayward, Wisconsin 54834
Phone Number (715) 634-8934

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of the Lac du Flambeau Reservation of Wisconsin

Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council
Post Office Box 67
Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin 54538
Phone Number (715) 588-3303

Oneida Nation (previously listed as the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin)

Oneida Business Committee
Post Office Box 365
Oneida, Wisconsin 54155
Phone Number (920) 869-2214

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Red Cliff Tribal Council
88455 Pike Road
Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814
Phone Number (715) 779-3700

Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Wisconsin

Sokaogon Chippewa Community
3051 Sand Lake Road
Crandon, Wisconsin 54520
Phone Number (715) 478-7500

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

St. Croix Tribal Council
24663 Angeline Avenue
Webster, Wisconsin 54893
Phone Number (715) 349-2195

Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin

Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Council
N8476 Moheconnuck Road
Bowler, Wisconsin 54416
Phone Number (715) 793-4111