Department of Education

Government    Executive Branch    Education

What We Do

The Education Division establishes programs to provide financial and supportive services to Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal members in support of their educational goals. We provide for effective communication and dissemination of Tribal information to the Tribal population.

Contact Information

W9814 Airport Rd
P.O. Box 667
Black River Falls, WI 54615
Phone (715)284-4915 ~ 800-362-4476

School Community Relations

Our goal is to assist Native American students and their families to access programs and services provided by their local school districts, the Ho-Chunk Nation, and/or Johnson O’Malley to promote academic excellence and perpetuate and preserve the cultural values, history, and language.

Forms and Information


The intent of the Johnson O’ Malley (JOM) Act of 1934 is to provide supplementary a financial assistance to meet the unique and specialized needs of Native American Students. JOM may provide cultural awareness and educational support to eligible students. To meet JOM eligibility requirements, students must between the ages of 3-18, enrolled in a public school, and be at least ¼ total Native American blood quantum.

The Ho-Chunk Nation has 11 JOM areas in Wisconsin:

Baraboo/Dells/Portage/Mauston/Reedsburg/New Lisbon
Black River Falls/Neillsville/Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan/Blair-Taylor
Dane County
Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls
La Crosse/Onalaska/West Salem/Houston
Pittsville/Nekoosa/Port Edwards
Stevens Point
Wisconsin Rapids

Registration Form
Reimbursement Request Form fillable

John Dick serves, Black River Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Osseo-Fairchild, Nekoosa, Tomah, Wisconsin Rapids and Wittenberg JOM IECs.
Bethany Redbird services Baraboo, Dane County and Stevens Point JOM IEC.

PreK-12 Grant Program

The purpose of the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Pre K-12 Educational Grant Program is to:

  • Provide Educational grants for parents/guardians in helping their Ho-Chunk Nation enrolled children to develop and equip themselves with the skills, knowledge and personal qualities needed for life and career success through education
  • Provide Educational grants for the parents/guardians of Ho-Chunk Nation enrolled children to help meet the basic educational needs and to assist in ensuring that children in grades Pre-School through Grade 12 have the opportunity to fully participate in educational related experiences and unique educational opportunities.

The Pre K-12 Educational Grant Program is wholly funded by the Net Profit Distribution (NPD) funds of the Ho-Chunk Nation. On an annual basis, the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature appropriates funds to provide additional educational opportunities for Ho-Chunk Nation enrolled children in grades Pre-School through Grade 12. This program is designed to be supplemental and not a primary funding source for families with Ho-Chunk enrolled children.

All applications are subject to approval and funding availability; therefore grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis until the available funds have been spent. Parents/guardians maintain full responsibility for meeting their child’s entire funding needs.

For FY 2022-2023, All PreK-12 Grants are being funded (with the exception of Elementary, Middle School and High School Computer Purchases/Reimbursement). The limit per student is $2000.00.

Pre K-12 Grant Guidlines
Pre K-12 Application


BIA Internet Reimbursement Program 2021-2023

All students eligible for the Ho-Chunk Nation JOM program, and/or enrolled Ho-Chunk students are eligible for up to $100.00 per month in internet reimbursement. This grant began on October 1, 2021, and will continue through September 30, 2023, as long as funding allows.

2021-22 BIA Internet Access Support Reimbursement Application Fillable Form

All questions regarding JOM, PreK-12 an the BIA Internet Reimbursement programs can be directed to:

715-284-4915, Option 2

Contact Information

School Community Relations Director
W9814 Airport Road
P.O. Box 667
Black River Falls WI 54615 (715)284-4915 

Cultural and Community Education

The Cultural and Community Division consists of the Financial Literacy, Indigenous Arts and Sciences, and Seek Educational Equity & Diversity (S.E.E.D). If you would like more information on these programs click the link below

Financial Literacy

The Ho-Chunk Nation Financial Literacy Program will provide an online introduction to financial topics that will better prepare Ho-Chunk enrolled juniors and graduating seniors, and those enrolled members who have not yet received their trust funds for a successful financial future. Through a proactive approach, the Ho-Chunk Nation Financial Literacy Program will work to empower our enrolled members to make knowledgeable choices with their finances as adults.

Indigenous Arts and Sciences

To engage educators and learners of all ages and backgrounds in community-based ecological restoration for healthy environments.

For communities across the world to be actively engaged in ecological restoration that connects people to the land and each other through a commitment to stewardship.

Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity (S.E.E.D.)

SEED is a peer-led professional development program that promotes change through self-reflection and interpersonal dialogue and builds capacity for more equitable curriculum, campuses, workplaces, and communities.

In their local, year-long SEED seminars, SEED Leaders and Colleagues use their own experiences and those of their students and children to widen and deepen school and college curricula and make communities more inclusive.

SEED’s unique methodology involves:

  • Facilitation ongoing, structured, group conversations in which all voices can be heard.
  • Examining how our own stories relate to social systems.
  • Learning from the lessons of our own lives as well as from texts.
  • Turning oppression and privilege into agency and action.

Disabilities Division

Our mission is to provide disability advocacy services to Ho-Chunk children and adult students with disabilities so they may access the general education curriculum and benefit from specialized instruction, related services, academic adjustments or reasonable accommodations under the individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Direct Case Management
Advocacy, Referral, Transition

Parent, Tribal Programs, District Collaboration

Technical Assistance
Accommodations and Procedural Questions

Contact Information

Disabilities Division
W9814 Airport Road
P.O. Box 667
Black River Falls WI 54615 (715)284-4915

Disabilities Division ROI outside Fillable
Disabilities Division ROI WI ED Dept. Fillable
Disabilities Intake Fillable

Ee Cooni Learning Center

Hoocak Ee Cooni pilot program will educate the future guardians of the Hoocak Language and culture by building a bridge of knowledge between the timeless teachings of the past, present and future.

Vision Statement

Hoocak Ee Cooni pilot program will educate the future guardians of the Hoocak Language and culture by building a bridge of knowledge between the timeless teachings of the past, present and future.

Contact and Location Information

Contact: (715) 284-4915 ~ (800) 362-4476

Location: W9814 Airport Rd, P.O. Box 667 Black River Falls, WI 54615

Head Start

The Ho-Chunk Head Start Program embraces each family’s individuality, and fosters each child to grow physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, culturally, and spiritually.


321 Epoch
Tomah, WI 54660
(608) 372-6669

Cex Haci
4910 Winneshiek Lane
Nekoosa, WI 54457
(715) 886-4750

Ho Chunkgra
W8802 Mission Rd
Black River Falls, WI 54615
(715) 284-2311

Neenk Chunkgra
E8873 Winneshiek Dr
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 254-4227

Puzaki Pei Cinak
N7293 Low Cloud Rd
Black River Falls, WI 54615

W18005 Witt-Burn Townline
Wittenberg, WI 54499
(715) 253-3826

Forms and Information

Head Start Application Request Form 21-22
Head Start Brochure 2022-2023


(715) 284-4915


Higher Education Division

The Higher Education Division is to provide guidance and financial assistance to Ho-Chunk members who intend to pursue a post secondary education. Scholarships are granted as a privilege with the intent that graduates will return to the Ho-Chunk Nation to use their knowledge and expertise to protect and strengthen the economic self-sufficiency and sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Ho-Chunk Nation Scholarship Program

The Ho-Chunk Scholarship Program provides financial resources to help enrolled Ho-Chunk members complete a progressive post secondary degree. The recipients must attend a nonprofit Title IV regionally accredited institution. The Ho-Chunk Scholarship Program is intended for students working toward degree completion.

Financial Aid and Tax Filing Statement

In order to receive a Ho-Chunk Nation Scholarship, students are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with accurate information. Accurate information includes a declaration of all funds acquired from Ho-Chunk gaming revenue (e.g. per capita) and the full value of the student’s Children’s Trust Fund, if applicable. Failure to completely and accurately file one’s taxes and/or FAFSA will make any student ineligible for a Ho-Chunk Nation Scholarship until such discrepancies are resolved.

Forms and Information

Higher Education Applications

Ho-Chunk Scholarship Application 2023-2024

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

College Access Program Application

2023 Summer Application

Documents/ Notices

Per Capita Payment Notice
Per Capita Information - Department of Justice


College Access Program
CDIB Request Form - Enrollment Office
Special Request Program Application
Special Request Program - BIA Computer and Technical Support Program
W9 - Electronic Form

Higher Education Policies

Higher Education Operating Policy 2022-2023

Important Links

Other Scholarships:
Cobell Scholarship
Indian Health Service Scholarship (IHS)

College Navigator
Wisconsin University Transfer Wizard
Pre-College Summer Law Institute
Vocational Rehabilitation for Native Americans (VRNA)
American Indian College Fund (AICF)
American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)
Wisconin Online Bachelor Degree Program