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 ServicesRealty Officer, Vacant

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

Branch of Forestry and Fire ManagementSupervisory 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 ProbateSupervisory Legal Administrative Specialist, Dena Ness

  • Estate Services

Branch of AdministrationAdministrative Officer, Scot Cameron

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

Branch of Natural ResourcesBranch 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