Former Menominee Chairwoman Lisa Waukau Walks On
Former four-time Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin tribal chairwoman, Lisa S. Waukau walked on to the spirit world on June 18, 2016, surrounded by her family at her home in Keshena, Wisconsin. She was 71.
“The Menominee Nation has lost an extraordinary leader,” Joan Delabreau, tribal chairwoman said upon hearing the news in a release from the tribe. “Chairwoman Waukau was also known as ‘Nehaeqsnemetaemoh,’ which translates to ‘A tree standing in the forest.’ She was like that tree, strong, inspiring and honorable in her resolve.”
A life-long educator and published author, Waukau, born December 26, 1944, dedicated her life to the betterment of the Menominee Nation. She touched many tribal member lives as a leader and history teacher with the Menominee Indian School District.