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Lyndon Station Donation

Ho-Chunk Nation Donates to Lyndon Station Fire and Rescue Department

The Ho-Chunk Nation made a donation to the Lyndon Station Fire and Rescue
Department on February 14, 2017.  The Wisconsin Dells District 3 Tribal members passed a motion at the December District meeting to donate $64,381.84 to the Fire Department to purchase tools and supplies.  Ho-Chunk Nation Vice President Darren Brinegar and Representatives Kathy DeCamp met with Fire Chief Larry Whaley and crew at the Lyndon Station Fire Department for a check presentation.  The Lyndon Station Fire Department provides services to an 80 square mile area which includes the village of Lyndon Station
and townships of Killdare and Lyndon.  

Fire Chief Whaley stated, "The Lyndon Station Fire and Rescue Department proudly accepts this donation from the Ho-Chunk nation it's always great to have the support of the
members of our community. The entire process has been an uplifting and enjoyable experience."

 

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Team Elite

The Ho-Chunk Nation is Proud to Announce Sponsorship with Team Elite -Wisconsin for the 2017 season!

Team Elite is a semi-professional mens softball team that participates in softball
tournaments across the country. They compete in Class C for Amateur Softball
Association (ASA) and World Softball League (WSL), but compete in Class B
competition for United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), GSL, and
ISPS. In 2016, they completed their season going undefeated in the GSL Class C
World Tournament in Cincinnati, OH, and ranked 14th in the USSSA
Class C National Rankings after finishing 7th at the USSSA Class C
World Tournament in Orlando, FL.

In addition to naming rights and the Ho-Chunk Gaming logo
being included on the jerseys, Team Elite is going to host a skills camp that
is open for tribal youth from all areas. On Saturday, May 13th, they
will travel to the Sandpillow Ball Fields to work with youth of all ages and skill
levels to get them prepared for the upcoming ball season. Be sure to check back
to the FB page and watch upcoming Area Meetings for more details.

Head on over to Team Elite-Wisconsin's Facebook page, for
their schedule, announcements, and to watch live-streaming of their games. They
kick off their season competing at WSL Winter Worlds in Chattanooga, TN on
March 24-26, 2017.

https://www.facebook.com/TeamEliteWi/

Good luck Team Elite/Spiderz/Ho-Chunk Gaming in your 2017 season!

 WHSRA

Ho-Chunk Nation Donates $3000 to WHSRA


The Ho-Chunk Nation made a $3000.00 donation to the Wisconsin High School Rodeo
Association.  Representatives from WHSRA met with Ho-Chunk Nation District 1 Representative Greg Blackdeer and Ho-Chunk Nation District 1 Representative Lori Pettibone on November 30, 2016 for a check presentation.  The donation will be used to purchase a prize saddle and belt for a raffle.  The funds raised will be used for saddles,
belts and scholarships.  There are currently 150 students involved in the organization.  The easiest way to get involved is by their website at WHSRA.org.  WHSRA President BJ
Ragatz said, "This donation is greatly appreciated.  All the donations go back to the kids.  We are very appreciative." 

 


 DAPL

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The Ho-Chunk Nation Stands with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

The Ho-Chunk Nation has offered support to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe with the opposition of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The pipeline would transport crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois and it would travel under the Missouri River.  It would be located very close to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. 

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed an injunction against the Army Corps of Engineers to halt the approval process and construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

On August 19, 2016 the Ho-Chunk Nation sent a letter of support to the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  On August 23, 2016 the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature passed a resolution to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  To date there are 188 Tribes and First Nations that have sent letters of support and resolutions to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. There are also 108 Organizations, Cities and Businesses that have sent letters of support and resolutions.

The Ho-Chunk Nation held a food and supply drive for the Sacred Stone Camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota from August 25-30, 2016.  A group of representatives from the Ho-Chunk Nation delivered the supplies on August 30, 2016 to the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota.  The delegation included Ho-Chunk Nation President Wilfrid Cleveland, Ho-Chunk Nation Representative Greg Blackdeer, Ho-Chunk Nation Representative Henning Garvin, Ho-Chunk Nation Representative David Greendeer, Ho-Chunk Nation Public Relations Officer Collin Price, Cody Shisler, Don Ford and Edward Blackdeer.  The group travelled to North Dakota to deliver supplies to the camp and show support to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  The Ho-Chunk Nation tribal leaders met with the Standing Rock Sioux tribal leaders to find out if there was any way that we could be of assistance to them. 

The Sacred Stone Camp is not run by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe but they are stewards of the camp and it is costing approximately $1000 a day for trash removal and cleaning.  There were about 3000 people in the camp when the representatives travelled to North Dakota. 

There are ways that you can help.  You can donate items to the Sacred Stone Camp or donate to the legal defense of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  You can see updates on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe website at http://standingrock.org/. You can also start helping by reducing your carbon footprint.  Conserve fuel and water. 
 
WittsFire16

The Ho-Chunk Nation donates $13,000 to Wittenberg Area Fire Department

The Ho-Chunk Nation contributed $13,000 to the Wittenberg Area Fire Department for a water tanker.  Ho-Chunk Nation tribal members passed a motion at the Wittenberg District meeting on July 13, 2016 to make this contribution to the Wittenberg Fire Department.  Ho-Chunk Nation District 3 Representative Kathy DeCamp met with members from the Wittenberg Area Fire Department on September 12, 2016 to present the check.

Wittenberg Fire Department Board President Don Beilke mentioned, "We are very grateful for the donation." 

 IndianSummer16

The Ho-Chunk Nation Sponsors 30th Annual Indian Summer Festival

The Ho-Chunk Nation made a $14,630 contribution to the Indian Summer Festival as a
sponsorship.  The Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature donated $10,000 and the Ho-Chunk Nation Business Department contributed $4,630 from the Pepsi Fund. Ho-Chunk Nation District 4 Representative Shelby Visintin met with the Indian Summer Festival Board of Directors at their board meeting on September 8, 2016 to present the check to the organization. 
The festival was held on September 9-11, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was the 30th
Anniversary for the festival. 

The Executive Director of the Indian Summer Festival Judy Dordel stated, "Indian Summer Festival celebrated 30 years of American Indian tradition, history and culture at Milwaukee's Henry Maier Festival Park honored by sponsorship of the Ho-Chunk Nation, great weather and community support. Thank you for your support and to Sherry Byhre for bringing Ho-Chunk traditions to the Living Cultures of the Great Lakes area at the festival. It is an honor to work with the Ho-Chunk Nation!"


 Jackson Co. Vets Park

The Ho-Chunk Nation Donates to Jackson County Veterans Park

The Ho-Chunk Nation donated $4511 to the Jackson County Veterans Park on Friday, September 2, 2016 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.  Ho-Chunk Nation District 1
Representative Greg Blackdeer met with Jackson County Veterans Park Development
Committee Members for a check presentation.  The committee has been raising funds to pave the parking lot to make the park wheelchair accessible.  They raised $24,388.72 toward the project and the Ho-Chunk Nation donated the additional funds to finish the project. 

Jackson Co. Veterans Park Adjunct Secretary Gavin Johnson mentioned, "We spent 10 months raising funds.  We did everything from brat sales to rummage sales.  We had a lot of private donations and individual donations.  We also had donations from other entities--every Legion Post in the county gave us something.  We are very, very, very grateful for the donation.  It was nice to have all the funds for the project when it started.  I'm ecstatically happy about the donation.  We won't forget it." 
 
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Ho-Chunk Nation Donates to Bruce's Legacy

The Ho-Chunk Nation donated $5000 to the Bruce's Legacy organization on Friday, September 2, 2016 at Wazee Sports Center in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.  Bruce's Legacy is a search and rescue organization for drowned victims.  Ho-Chunk Nation District 1 Representative Greg Blackdeer met with members of Bruce's Legacy which included Keith Cormican, Sandi Blackdeer and Beth Drost for the check presentation.  The Ho-Chunk Nation made a donation last year to the organization as well. 

Keith Cormican stated, "I want to thank the Ho-Chunk Nation, their continued support will allow Bruce's Legacy to help with our mission. We want to give all families the best chance to recover their family members that have drowned. It requires a lot of financial commitment to have this equipment. When we pull up onto a missing person scene we can offer the latest technology to finding their loved one. We do not charge for this service and ask only for donations."
 
D1CC

Ho-Chunk Nation Holds Groundbreaking for District 1 Community Center

The Ho-Chunk Nation held a groundbreaking for the District 1 Community Center on September 2, 2016.  Ho-Chunk Nation President, Ho-Chunk Nation District 1 Representative Greg Blackdeer, Miron Construction Rep. Jason Recob and I & S Rep. Alyssa Campbell were speakers at the event.  Construction is planned to begin this fall and the building should be completed in 2017.  It will contain space for youth services, community and religious functions, health and wellness activities and office space. 

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 W5K

 
Ho-Chunk Nation Donates to Wanaisguni Hikurus Hajawi 5K Run/Walk

The Ho-Chunk Nation made a $5000.00 donation to the Wanaisguni Hikurus Hajawi 5K Run/Walk.  The Wanaisguni Hikurus Hajawi (Reclaiming Our Health) 5K was held at Lake Phalen in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 25, 2016.  There were 270 walkers and runners that participated in the event. The Ho-Chunk Nation District 5 Legislators met with the organizer
and participants at the St. Paul District Meeting on June 16, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota for a check presentation. 
 
LEAF

Ho-Chunk Nation Donates $20,000 to Little Eagle Arts Foundation

The Ho-Chunk Nation donated $20,000.00 to the Little Eagle Arts Foundation (LEAF). Ho-Chunk Nation District 5 Representative Robert TwoBears met with representatives from LEAF at the Native Presence Gallery in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin on June 11, 2016. Christopher Sweet a Ho-Chunk tribal member had an art gallery opening for his work on the night of the check presentation.  There were 200 people in attendance at the gallery opening.  The artist sold 12 of his pieces at the opening. If you are interested in displaying your work at the gallery or if you are interested in finding out more information about LEAF you can contact the gallery at 608-253-4142 or email inquiries to littleeaglearts@gmail.com. 
  

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Ho-Chunk Nation Donates to Charger Wrestling Club


The Ho-Chunk Nation donated $11,000.00 to the Charger Wrestling Club.  The Charger Wrestling Club is a wrestling group for kids in grades 4K-8th grade in Wittenberg, Wisconsin.  This past season there were 70 children involved with the club.  The Charger Wrestling Club met with Ho-Chunk Nation District 3 Representatives Darren Brinegar and Kathy DeCamp on May 26, 2016 at the Wittenberg Middle School.  The donation will be used to purchase a new wrestling mat for the club. 

 

Lacrosse Tourney

Ho-Chunk Nation Donates to Lacrosse Tournament

The Ho-Chunk Nation sponsored the Maanico Horuzra Caabnaikiisik Youth Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday, May 21, 2016.  There were 120 youth that participated in the tournament.  Ho-Chunk tribal members, youth and D5 Representative Kathy Lone Tree-Whiterabbit presented a $3105.00 check at the event at Harding High School in St. Paul,
Minnesota.           

 

MIEC

Ho-Chunk Nation Donates to MIEC

The Ho-Chunk Nation made a $1000 donation to the Milwaukee Indian
Education Committee.  The donation will be used for the Teaching Lodge which is a new lodge being constructed at the Milwaukee Indian Community School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The Community Relations Committee approved the donation at a CRC Meeting.  Ho-Chunk Nation District 4 Representative Shelby Visintin made the check presentation to
members of the board on May 13, 2016 at the Milwaukee Branch Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.





JacksonCoH

Ho-Chunk Nation Donates to Jackson County Humane Society

The Ho-Chunk Nation made a $5000 donation to the Jackson County Humane Society on May 13, 2016.  The Ho-Chunk Nation tribal members approved a donation to the Jackson County Humane Society at the March District Meeting.  The donation will be used for
renovations to the Animal Shelter.  The organization has to raise $500,000.00 for the renovation and so far they have raised about half the amount.  The remodeling and expansion will include: improved air quality/ventilation, separate room for sick and well cats, sound proofing of current animal rooms, room to serve both as receiving and adoption, mechanical room, washing machine, electrical improvements, replacing of roof, doors, windows and siding.  In 2013 there were 162 dogs and 80 cat adoptions from the shelter.  There were 128 dogs and 7 cats that were redeemed (reunited with their owners).  There were 25 dogs and 168 cats that were euthanized in 2013.  The Jackson County Humane Society has been working with other shelters when they have a surplus of
animals to move the animals to other shelters so they get a chance at adoption.

Marly Diiver, Jackson County Humane Society President, was asked about the recent donation and she commented, "We are so appreciative to the Ho-Chunk Nation. 
They responded in a magnificent way. We are very appreciative of this donation."