Chippewa Indian Burial Ground Site


© Photographed September 11, 2016
Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin
46° 42.166′ N, 92° 0.531′ W
Here was the burial ground of
The Fond du Lac Band
of the Chippewa People
dating from the 17th century.
It was removed in 1918 to
St. Francis Cemetery Superior.
Stone from Interstate Bridge

The marker is located on northbound Wisconsin Point Road, about three miles north of its intersection with Mocassin Mike Road, Superior, Wisconsin 54880.

This marker doesn't even come close to telling the disturbing story of this sacred site.

Indian Country: "The Heavens Became Black": The Curse of Wisconsin Point 

Canku Ota (An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America) (May 17, 2003): The Curse of Wisconsin Point: How Indian's Threefold Threat was fulfilled the  Day Native Graves Were Disturbed

Diocese of Superior: Wisconsin Point Burial Site: A Sad Chapter in Ojibwe History
The bodies were removed by United States Steel, to accommodate plans (that were later abandoned) to build a huge ore dock at the location. The removed remains were unceremoniously tossed into a mass grave at nearby St. Francis Xavier Cemetery -- and then left to the elements. Eventually, construction of a nearby road undercut the mass grave causing "bones and decayed clothing" to still toward the river. The approximately 180 remains removed from the burial site in a "garbage scow" included Chief Joseph Osaugie (1802-1876) and Franciscan missionary Father Elphonsus Chror. Chief Osaugie signed the 1854 Treaty conveying Wisconsin Point land to the U.S. government.

Indianz.com (October 27, 2014): Donna Ennis: Fond du Lac Band seeks to acquire burial grounds
Donna Ennis says the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Wisconsin is looking to acquire a historic burial site that her ancestors fought to protect . . .

Find A Grave: Chief Joseph Osaugie


Anishinaabeg History

These are also located along Wisconsin Point Road:









Look for this sign and the small parking area.
The burial ground is visible to the right.

Looking north along Wisconsin Point Road.

 The entrance to Wisconsin Point Road
(at its intersection with Moccasin Mike Road).


Signage at intersection of US Route 53 at Moccasin Mike Road
lead to marker's location.


 The marker is located in Superior, Wisconsin.

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